Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Here at St. James' we believe passionately that God has been generous to us in sending Jesus and so, in loving and thankful response, we believe that we should be generous back, both to God and to others.
We try to think carefully about giving in relation to our 3 T's which help us to remember that God calls us to give of our whole selves in different ways...
Quite often, the Church in general has been misunderstood as being like a business that is only interested in grabbing money from people. However, we need funds in the church account for all sorts of reasons. Most people think the money is used for buildings and staffing, which is true, but we also use the money to put on all our different events, to help people in the community and we give a lot of money to various charities and causes. Giving of your treasure will ensure that we keep our buildings up to standard, that we maintain all the services, events and activities that we hold at St. James' and that we are able to be good news to people around us.
Whilst we have clergy who are given a stipend (money to live off) to work in our parish, most of what we do is run and organised by regular members of our church. They don't get paid. They are volunteers. Each week they do an amazing job of cleaning, serving, helping to lead services, visiting people, doing the accounts, managing the building, and putting on various events that will interest many different people groups. Their work is so much harder if there are only a few of them! God calls us to be part of the body of the church. We all need to work together to ensure the body is healthy, fit, and strong; full of energy and life. Is God calling you to give up some of your time to help out in church?
It's not just about helping out though. It's also about belonging. Your attendance at church worship services and our various social events throughout the week is also part of your giving. You're not only giving to God by being a regular attender, but you're giving yourself to others and allowing others to give themselves to you. We were not created to be alone. We were created to live in community. Jesus founded the group of believers which ultimately became the Church because he knew that we would need each other for support, encouragement and friendship as we live out our lives together as Christians.
God has given everyone a special gift or talent. Lots of people have gifts & talents that they don't think are gifts or talents. Things like being hospitable, being welcoming, cleaning up, administration are all vitally important in church as well as the other things such as helping with children's work, reading, praying, taking services or leading a house group. Whether it's being an expert at hoovering, a dab-hand at DIY, or a powerful pray-er, we need everyone to share their talents in the Church.
So - what next?
Treasure - There are various ways in which you can give financially to church. You can find out more by clicking this link.
Time - Firstly, you can always commit to being more regular at church. This is always the first step in giving of your time. Also, try not to see church as a 1 hour slot on a Sunday but a 24/7 group of believers. Make time to go to the other events that are held in the week if you can; be in a house group; arrange to meet people from church to socialise with them. It all helps! Once you're regular in church, you may want to think about serving on a team at church. We need people to serve ina variety of ways:
- Welcome team
- Refreshments Team
- Music team
- Children's Talks
- Tech Team
- Children's Leaders and Helpers
- Flower Team
- Cleaning Team
- Catering (regular and one-off)
- House Group Leaders and hosts
- Men's/Women's group helpers
- Community Support
- Office Support
- Pastoral care & visiting
To find out more, please contact us.
Talents - If you are hiding your light under a bushel and want to offer your gifts and talents at church, then let us know. We'd be delighted that you wish to share your gift/talent with us!