Stewardship and Giving
For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
(1 Chronicles 29: 14b)
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
(2 Corinthians 9: 7)
Money is both exciting and serious. Getting and spending it often gives us a buzz, until we run short - then it is serious.
We would like to invite you to think differently about the money you have and the ways in which you use it. Christians see money, and indeed all that we have, as a gift held in trust. In the parable of the talents, Jesus shows that we are stewards, not owners and will be called to account. But equally important is a thankful heart, conscious of all that God has given us, which we have not earned, including our creation and our renewal in Jesus Christ.
Giving to God's work has always been understood as an obligation for Christians. The Church and its mission will always be an important focus of personal giving. But there will be charities too (some of them Christian-based) which are close to your heart because you feel they are agents of Christian love, witness and service. We would just ask you to do some fresh thinking and praying about your giving as a Christian.
Christian Giving is:
• thankful and cheerful
• in proportion to our means
• regular and committed reflecting God's commitment to us in Jesus
Please decide how much you should give to the church and how much to charities. The amount you give is your decision in the light of your discipleship. Everyone's circumstances vary so no ‘standard' or "target" can be set.
A response form is available to download below to enable supporters of the church the opportunity to use the envelope scheme or to contribute via bank transfer/standing order as a means of regular giving if you do not already do so. If you are a taxpayer, please ask for information about how to gift aid your giving or complete and sign the Gift Aid form, available from church and return it to the treasurer (adds an extra 25% courtesy of the tax man).
We are quite sure that if everyone associated with our Church found themselves able to respond joyfully and thankfully, our Christian lives and the life of our church would be transformed. That is our vision and we invite you to share it by taking a step in faith.
Andrew Ison (Minister)
Martin Salter (Churchwarden)
Tony Goforth (Churchwarden)
Mike Rhodes (Treasurer)
Why be part of the Giving Scheme ?
Planned giving is a commitment to make regular donations to All Saints via bank transfer or the weekly offering.
It is an aid to the discipline of regular giving. Your gift continues even when you are away.
The pledge forms provide a means for the church to plan its budget. Knowledge of your intended giving is therefore, extremely useful to the church council and its planning for the year.
"For with the measure you give, will be the measure you get back". (Luke 6:38)
You can download and print the forms below