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***A guide to using our time, money and talents for
God and the Alcester Minster Churches***
‘I hope this leaflet will help us all reflect on Christian stewardship and how through giving we can grow the kingdom of God in the communities of Alcester Minster. Christian stewardship is a practical response to God’s unconditional love and amazing generosity to us. It is good to regularly review our giving along with other areas of our walk with God.
Through generosity with our time, talents and money, the work of the Minster churches can move forward and develop. This leaflet suggests how you can be involved.
The apostle Paul reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver and certainly there is great joy and freedom in generosity.’
GRACE, GIVING, GROWTH
What is Stewardship?
Christian Stewardship is managing responsibly all of the resources that God has entrusted to us in a way that honours and glorifies Him. Part of this involves giving back to God some of these resources. Christian Stewardship teaches that we are managers, rather than owners of these good gifts.
This concept is captured in David’s prayer of dedication of all that had been given to build the Temple:
‘Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand’
1 Chronicles 29 v14
Giving to God is an integral part of the expression of our faith in Christ, along with praying, reading the Bible or going to church.
If we make giving to God the first call on our time and money, it is symbolic of putting Him first in our lives. If we only give out of what we have left, we are saying in effect, that God comes low down in the list of things that matter to us. So stewardship is a practical way of demonstrating our love for God and our gratitude to Him for our salvation in Jesus Christ.
It is good to view giving to our parish church as a part of giving back to God of our time, talents and money. This is reinforced in the act of consecrating monetary gifts to God in a worship service.
Our giving to God is not restricted in any way, for example sharing ourselves, our homes and possessions is part of giving back to God. We can express the totality of our commitment to Christ by giving to Him from every area of our lives. Each stage of our lives gives fresh opportunities for the stewardship of our resources, and may result in making changes to what we offer.
What you give is between you and God. Giving a percentage of your time and money is a helpful way of working this out and provides a framework for growing in the gift of giving. Many Christians aim towards 10% of their resources as a guide. Whatever amount we decide, it is important that we are willing to give more as our resources grow or when we see a need. Additionally, we may wish to make a ‘thank you’ gift to God for all He has done for us.
Just as we commit to serve the church in some activity, it is good practice to pledge our financial giving as a part of our overall stewardship commitment. Pledging our monetary gifts helps the PCC of each church plan the budget for the next year.
The diagram below illustrates the areas of expenditure for each PCC in the Minster.
The amount that Alcester Minster contributes to the Parish Share is determined by the Deanery and then divided proportionally across the parishes of the Minster.
The money we give also enables us to support God’s work in other parishes and through local, national and international missions and charities.
Here are some ways in which you can offer your time and talents to the church: some are regular tasks, some occasional.
How can I respond?
If you can offer your time or talents to help your parish church in any of these ways or in other ways, please speak to a Churchwarden.
If you would like to give financially to the church, then please speak to the parish treasurer about the planned giving scheme, which includes Gift-aid if you are a UK tax payer.
‘Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
2 Corinthians 9 vs6-7
Thank you for reading this, for considering a response and for all you contribute to the life of Alcester Minster and your parish church.
Alcester Minster Churches - 07840 284 294 (Administrator) 01789 764 261 (Rector)