Supporting the ministry at St George's Church
If you have looked around our website you will have seen a flavour of the many ways we try to serve our community and grow in faith, love and hope. Wherever we see God at work there is always a faithful group of people praying hard to support those involved in ministry.The greatest support that anyone can offer is to commit to pray for the ministry here at St George's every day.
'All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along' Galatians 2:10
On top of financial giving, St George's actively supoorts 'Wearside Women in Need' through collecting clothes and 'The People's Kitchen' through collecting food and other needed items. Collecting boxes can be found in church.
As the Washington foodbank gets fully up and running, we intend to be involved as needed.
Currently we are supporting 6 charities over 3 years including, ODM - specifically a project in Burundi, Nathaniel & Anna Ayling - Mission partners in Japan working through OMF, IMC - working with children rescued from the streets in Columbia, Teams4U, Nightingale Children's Project, trying to stop traffiking in Romania and Rock of Ages foundation.
For 2016 we supported the following 6 charities
Durham Lesotho Link
Washington Mind - providing mental health & wellbeing services to the community.
Operation Christmas Child (Samaritans Purse)
Elim church in Kenya
Washington Community Food Bank
Corbu Church in Romania
St George's church serves both its local community and further afield. The church commits financially to support a number of charities and organisations that work to touch communities around the world, including those in Lesotho through the Durham Lesotho link.
This year we invite the congregation to nominate up to 12 charities which fit with the mission of Christ for either long term support or one off gifts in 2016.
Download a nomination form here AND return it completed by October 3rd 2016.
Giving to support the work at St George's
Jesus challenges us to use our lives, resources and gifts to glorify God, and that includes our income. It is right to step out in faith and give to support Christian ministry and to help the poor around the world. Supporting the local church is an important part of this as it is the local church that proclaims the gospel to and serves the local community.
In Matthew 16 v18 Jesus promises, 'I will build my church.' Jesus’ people are to called to be a part of a body of believers, the church, giving themselves joyfully to service of God and others. This is so that local churches can grow, more churches be planted, more people reached, and more lives changed by the good news of Jesus Christ.
Jesus calls us to a life of generosity in response to his generosity to us shown most keenly by dying for us on the cross. To support the local church, many Christians choose to tithe their income and Jesus upholds this Old Testament practice in Matthew 23 v23. (A tithe is 10% of income.) Others simply give generously out of what the Lord has blessed them with.
St George's run an envelope scheme for those who wish to give directly, for more information please speak with a church warden or the office. The best way to support the ministry here is by setting up a regular standing order through the bank. Both of these methods are tax efficient ways of
giving if you fill in the gift aid form below.
It is now also possible to give small one off donations tax efficiently by a mobile phone TEXT message. You can gift any sum up to £5 or £10 by texting to 70070 and using the code STGE12 £x (where x is the sum you wish to gift).
These appear to be anonymous unless you request a response and leave your e-mail when responding to the Gift Aid option text.
For example, if you wanted to gift £10 to support the many ministries here, simply text STGE12 £10 to 70070.
A thought provoking talk on Acts 4:32-5:16 titled, 'Generosity in Giving,' is available to listen to here.
People sometimes ask where our church spends money given to her. Others wrongly believe that the Church of England has billions of pounds to spend and just wastes its money. The local church is funded locally and without local support it cannot function. The greatest expense of the church is the stipend of a full time member of staff, without whom much of the church work could not happen, but there are many costs to keeping the doors open.
Below are some links to highlight where St George's spends money gifted to it and details about generous giving.
Thoughts from the Generous Giving blog.