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"Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or
under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)
Generosity is at the heart of the Christian faith.
Because God is generous, this universe exists and we exist within it.
Because God is generous, we, despite all our selfishness, greed and cruelty, are accepted as his children.
Because God is generous, the price of our salvation has been paid by Jesus Christ on the Cross.
Because God is generous, we are given the gifts and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, enabling us to live in a new relationship with our Father, our world and our fellow beings.
LEGACIES POLICY. Where there's a Will there's a way.......to help God! At a recent PCC meeting our Rector presented a Legacies Policy that was discussed and then adopted for our parish. Legacies are a fundamental part of our Christian giving; leaving a gift in one’s Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways to give thanks to God for the gifts of life and indeed a lifetime. Once provision has been made for loved ones, there is an opportunity to make a lasting gift to God, by leaving a legacy to support the Parish, to help to keep it alive and to continue its mission and ministry in the local community into the future. Anyone who is considering leaving a legacy is welcome to talk to the Rector in confidence about the sorts of purposes their gift might fund, and how/if they would like their gift to be acknowledged. There is also a very useful Church of England internet site: http://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/ . I will be opening a discussion on our giving (in every sense of the word) in the coming months, both in our worship services and through the weekly e-mail newsletter. If you would like to have your name added to the newsletter mailing list please an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Without an appreciation of generosity there is no Christianity. So, as creatures made to reflect the nature of God, the Bible calls the followers of Christ to be generous. Christian giving is at the heart of Christian living.
There are many ways we can give, some of which are explored on these pages.
· We can give of our money: to help those less fortunate than ourselves, to promote the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world, and to support our own local church.
· We can give of our time: to perform acts of kindness through the opportunities which God will give us each day, to take on some of the often unsung labours of the church, to pray and to worship faithfully.
· We can give of our talents: to exercise special skills which are our “gifts”, or which we have developed by training or experience, because God has given us those skills to make a difference in his world.
· We can even give of our bodies: in a new initiative - fab (flesh and blood) - churches are promoting the need for blood and organ donations to help others. This is something we can all consider. The Church invites all members and visitors to consider how God wants each one of us to discover afresh the joy of being a “cheerful giver”. We hope the following two sections will help: