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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.
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.
YEMEN CRISIS APPEAL – DISASTERS EMERGENCY COMMITTEE December 2016 Please visit our Giving by the Parish page for further details.
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: