IS GIVING PART OF CHRISTIAN LIFE?
In the Old Testament a principle is established where one tenth of a believer’s income belonged to the LORD (i), this is known as tithing. Jesus taught his disciples to give (ii). The early church adopted this principle (iii) and it has remained a fundamental part of Christian belief ever since.
Jesus taught that our giving is a personal thing; confidential to ourselves and God and in Wrington Chapel we uphold this principle.
The Bible talks about “giving”, although the concept of giving is not only related to finances. There are three key principles to this idea of giving:
Giving is an affair of the heart.
Giving comes out of a heart response to God.
Jesus said “where your treasure is there will your heart be also.” (Luke 12 v 34).
Giving is an attitude of grace.
Jesus said “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20 vs 35). Paul said “See that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8 vs 7).
Giving is an act of worship and of love.
“They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us” (2 Corinthians 8 vs 5) . In Luke 7 vs 37 to 39 we read of a woman who washed the feet of Jesus with costly perfume as her expression of love for her Lord
The members of the church have the privilege and duty to share in that act. They also share a commitment to witness to the Gospel and serve in the community where the church is set. Not to join with fellow members for these purposes is to hold something back in your commitment to Christ and to receive less from him.
If I come to chapel do I have to give?
In a word, no. All giving to the church is voluntary; there is no ‘membership fee’. Anyone can come and worship with us without any financial obligation whatsoever. Although we pass around a collection bag as part of our worship on Sundays, putting anything into it is optional.
A NOTE FOR VISITORS
We see giving as something that is for those who are a part of Wrington Chapel. Therefore, although an offering bag is passed round at almost all services as part of our act of worship, we do not want any visitors to feel any compulsion to give, so please feel free to let the bag passby.
WRINGTON CHAPEL FINANCES
Wrington Chapel(WURC) is a self funding fellowship of believers, our finances coming only from those who attend the church.
Our minister is paid by the URC but as a group of churches (Wrington and our sister chapel Lynch Winscombe) we give sufficient to the URC to cover the cost required by us to pay not only our minister but also others working full time in the URC and also for mission done by the URC. We also need to heat and clean the church, pay for electricity and office expenses, and from time to time repair and maintain the building and its furniture.
IS MY GIVING CONFIDENTIAL?
This information only applies to those who use Gift Aid, and is strictly confidential, known only by the treasurer who has to record it in order to claim the tax.
How much should I give?
We have touched upon this subject when we mentioned tithing. The question here is how much of our tithe should we give to the chapel? After all, Tearfund, MAF and many other organizations are clearly doing the Lord’s work as well.
Opinions range from giving your entire tithe to the church and the church making gifts to the work of mission and aid, to giving part of your tithe, say a half, to the church and contributing the rest separately to other charities of your choice. Some Christians tithe on their gross income (before tax) rather than their net income.
How can I most effectively give to the Chapel?
There are two parts to this answer.
i)If you are a tax-payer then please use Gift Aid. This means that the tax you have paid on the money you give is given back to the chapel by HM Customs and Revenue. It effectively increases your giving to the church by 25% at no extra cost to you.
ii) Please give regularly. It is so much easier for our treasurer to plan when he has a regular income. This can be achieved in two ways:
a) By setting up a standing order at your bank.
b) By using dated envelopes. These enable you to set aside your gift each week even if you are unable to get to church. (NB You don’t have to be using Gift Aid to have dated envelopes)
Please contact Stephen Osman our treasurer or Derek Davey our assistant treasurer to be part of the Gift Aid inititaive
“Each man (person) should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Ccorinthians 9:7)
Support of Outside Causes...
The Chapel support many charitable outside causes either on a regular basis, as one-off appeals or as dictated by events
We support and give on a regular monthly basis to three organisations
- Mission Aviation Fellowship
- Romans 1-11
We also collect every quarter for the Bible Society and assist All Saints Church each spring with the door-to-door collections in the village for Christian Aid
What would you like to do next?