Why should I give?
Financial support of your local church is vital to ensure that God’s work in the community can continue. In the Church of England each congregation is funded through the financial support of its members and does not receive any outside/national funding. So, supporting the local church financially is not just an optional act of generosity, but a crucial and very essential part of being a Christian and ensuring that the church plays a vital role in the local community.
Christian financial giving means living up (in tangible ways) to the public statements we make in the creed on Sundays, in the baptism promises at Easter or when witnessing a baptism, in fact every time we come together as the Body of Christ. The Apostle Paul journeyed around the Mediterranean founding Christian communities that funded themselves, as well as mission activity, resulting in all the local churches that exist today throughout the world. Christians have recognised that were it not for their financial support of their local church and the wider community, the resourcing of ministry would not happen and the Good News of Christ would not be widely proclaimed.
The following Biblical references show how much the generous, financial support of God’s work has been part of our faith from the very beginning. Scripture tells us that financial giving should be:
a priority (e.g. 1 Cor 16.2, 2 Cor 8.5)
prayerful (e.g. 1 Chron 29.10–14)
planned (e.g. 2 Cor 9.7)
proportionate (e.g. 2 Cor 8.11–13)
given in community (e.g. Acts 2.42–47)
sacrificial (e.g. Luke 21.1–4)
joyfully given (e.g. 2 Cor 9.7,8)
What will my money be used for?
In simple terms, your money will be used to sustain and further grow the activities which are taking place at St Anne’s, depicted in the word-art below. Furthermore, we will be starting a comprehensive vision process at the beginning of the new year, which will help us to discern the areas we want to prioritise and grow in particular over the coming years.