Christian ‘stewardship’ is the conscious act of how we give/use our time, skills and money in thanksgiving to all that God has provided. The familiar offertory response “all things come from you, and of your own do we give you” reminds us that all that we have is sourced from God’s provision. Offering these gifts is a joyful act for the sake of God’s world and can be experienced and expressed in many ways. We are encouraged to give time, skills and money to support the work of the church and that of other charities that build God’s Kingdom. When it comes to money, the Biblical command is for believers to ‘tithe’, which is returning the first 10% of their income back to God.
For most people, the best way to give to the church is through the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). This has been set up to help parishes in the Diocese of Gloucester best manage their regular donations. Donations can be made on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis by Direct Debit. The donation, including any Gift Aid, is available to the parish within ten days of collection. The unique feature of the scheme is the option for the donor to commit in principle to increase their gift annually in line with inflation. Whilst this is a voluntary decision, it is one that could potentially have a huge impact on the life and future of the church.
We also can provide envelopes for those who prefer that method of making donations, which are collected in our weekly services.
To start giving to St Lawrence, please talk to Rob Phipps (01367 253593), or pick up a Planned Giving Scheme pack from the back of the church. (The PGS team itself can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01452 835595.)