Over the years we as a church have been hugely blessed by the generosity of congregation members, both in time, talents and financially. It is the generous and sacrificial giving of each and every person which enables us to ‘partner with God in the flourishing of our communities’ here in Malvern and beyond. Individual giving is by far and away our main source of income, and over the yeas this has enabled us to provide the amazing facilities of our church centre, and resources for our many different ministry areas. In addition we commit to tithing 10% of our overall giving to our different mission partners.
We believe that generosity is a key call of a disciple, and that we are first and foremost called to give generously because God has first given generously to us. The offering of our time, talents and money to God is a precious act of worship and a privilege and responsibility of God’s people.
So what are the benefits of giving?
Generous giving brings reward (2 Corinthians 9:6)
We experience God’s love and favour (2 Corinthians 9:8)
It results in praise to God – it is an act of worship (2 Corinthians 9:11)
People’s needs are met and is an act of unity (2 Corinthians 9:11,12, 14)
It is a witness to others (2 Corinthians 9:13)
What are the Biblical principles of giving?
Regularly & intentionally (1 Corinthians 16:2)… at set times, whether weekly, monthly, or yearly.
Individually (2 Corinthians 9:7)… everyone gets to participate, including children and young people. Whilst some may be able to give more and some less, ultimately God looks at the heart of the giver and not the amount (Luke 21:1-4).
Joyfully (2 Corinthians 9:7)… we are not to give reluctantly or with compulsion, but freely and gladly, for “God loves a cheerful giver.”
Generously and Sacrificially (2 Corinthians 8:7 & 9:6)… Paul talks about “excelling in the grace of giving,” encouraging us to step out into greater generosity and faith.
Proportionately (1 Corinthians 16:2)… “in keeping with your income.”
Many Christians will use the OT principle of a “tithe,” 10%, as a percentage to aim at, but whatever sacrificial step of faith we make in giving, whatever God calls us to give, God will honour our willingness.
How can I give?
There are different ways in which you can give:
Regular Standing Order. Many people give through regular standing order directly into the church’s bank account. Giving and gift aid declaration St Andrew’s
Weekly Envelope Scheme. Others give regularly by cash or cheque through the numbered envelope scheme, and place their gifts on the collection plate at a Sunday service.
Payroll Giving. Some choose to give through the various Charity Payroll giving schemes like Stewardship, CAF, JustGiving.
Wills and Legacies. Some also choose to include the church in their will by way of a legacy.
If you are a UK taxpayer you can complete a Gift Aid declaration Form which enables the church to
reclaim 25p in every £1 of your donations.
For further information about giving please do get in touch with one of the finance team:
Andy Lymer (St Andrew’s Treasurer)
Trish Gorton (St Andrew’s Book-keeper)
Valerie Jamieson (St Andrew’s Gift Aid Secretary)
Paul Southern (All Saints Treasurer and Gift Aid Secretary)