‘The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.’ (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
Although many are unable to attend Christ Church for public worship currently due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still significant bills to pay. Not least of these is the Parish Share. This is the common fund to which all parishes contribute, and from which most clergy receive their stipends, including our vicar.
Because giving to this and other churches has declined significantly since the lockdown began, payments into the common fund have almost dried up. Yet, despite this situation, all clergy continue to minister, and all are committed to doing so. None have been furloughed.
Ministry is not cost-free.
We are very much aware that some may be facing financial hardship and uncertainty. However, if they can afford it, we are asking members of our congregation and other supporters to:
Make a direct donation to church through online banking.
Even better, consider setting up a monthly standing order. This is a tried and trusted method of making regular donations to charities and some members of the congregation already make their regular offering in this way.
Standing orders can be set up or direct offerings made to church via online banking. Further details are available from Geoff Whittle on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01204 385452. If prefered, a standing order form for posting directly to your bank can be downloaded here.
Remember, financially supporting the God-given mission of the Church is a deeply spiritual issue, a holy obligation, an act of faith and trust. There are numerous occasions in scripture where God promises to meet the needs of those who, in faith and trust, put him first.
Christ Church Ainsworth © 2020