Help Us to Help Others
Help Us to Help Others
“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)
The Christian understanding of life is that all we have is from God, and we offer back to him, through his Church, our time and our skills and money.
The Church receives no state aid, so it has to raise its income to cover its costs, to make its contribution to the diocese for the support of poorer parishes and to enable it to give to charities both in the UK and overseas. Giving in gratitude for God’s love and blessings is an aspect of Christian commitment. Our congregation give either by putting whatever they can afford in the collection plate during the service or by regular pledged giving.
Pledged giving means that you decide how much you can give in a year to support the life and work of the Church. You then sign a form pledging that amount. This is completely confidential and known only to the Parish Recorder. If your circumstances change during the year, you can change or cancel your pledge. You can pay either by standing order (monthly or annually) or through the weekly envelope scheme.
If you pay Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax you are encouraged to make a ʻGift Aid Declarationʼ: under this scheme, which replaces the old Covenant and Gift Aid systems, the Church can benefit from the tax reclaimed on any donation you make, at no extra cost to you. Envelopes for this can be supplied directly to individuals or can be found in Church.
If you would like to know more about the ways in which you can make an offering to God through his Church, then please contact the Parish Recorder, Barbara Clift, in confidence via the Parish Office on 0161 929 1537 or on firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHARITABLE GIVING IN 2016
In 2016 St Mary’s with St Luke’s allocated £10,000 from income received in 2015 to charitable giving. International charities and organisations benefiting from this money included Mercy Ships, the Bible Society, Kashmir Education Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres and Tear Fund.
In the UK, Christians Against Poverty, the Church Pastoral Aid Society, Church Urban Fund, the Message Trust and the Fishermen’s Mission all received donations from our charitable giving.
Locally, we supported the Booth Centre, Trafford Youth for Christ and the parish development of St Mary’s in Partington.
At Harvest Time, we joined once again with Bowdon Church School in collecting foodstuff for both the Booth Centre and the Wood Street Mission.
NEWS UPDATE: January 2017
The following extracts, taken from the thank you letters we have received, will give you an insight into the work we are helping to support or you can go to the charities’ websites which you will find below:
Bible Society: “Thank you for standing with us as a valued mission partner. Your donation will help offer the Bible to people everywhere, through Bible apps, via audio devices like the Proclaimer, through theatre or art, or new translations of their work in the media to ensure the Bible is discussed regularly and positively. It will help to open up the Bible’s powerful story for people of all ages, all backgrounds and all faiths and none.
Our Open the Book scheme goes into more than 2,400 schools in England and Wales each week, giving many children their first ever encounter with the Scriptures. Here are some of their comments: ‘Open the Book” brings the stories to life’, ‘I’m hearing these stories for the first time at Open the Book assemblies and the volunteers acting out them out help me to understand them better’ and ‘When you act out the Bible, it splashes a little bit more colour on it. The Bible doesn’t seem as boring or black and white’.
Please pray for children in our country who are hearing the Bible through Open the Book and for the expansion of the project as we aim to reach all 4.5 million primary schools in England and Wales.”
Booth Centre: “As a small charity working directly with homeless people in Manchester, we really appreciate your generosity which helps us continue to provide vital support to over 250 people who visit us each week. Once again, we have seen a huge increase in the number of people visiting the centre for support in the last 12 months.
As well as emergency help like food and showers, we offer support, advice and activities for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. At the Booth Centre they have the chance to get involved with activities such as art, drama, training, music and sports, which helps them to build their skills and confidence, find employment and to work towards a more positive future.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP): “Thank you for your generous donation. Every year, over 1000 people accept Jesus into their lives through CAP’s work. One client said, ‘I am no longer scared about the future; I am now debt free and I can breathe again. Since joining CAP I became a Christian and was baptised last May. I am now proud to say that I have the Lord in my life and in my heart’.
CAP receives no Government funding and relies on the generosity of churches and Christians who share our passion to bring justice and salvation to those suffering in debt and poverty. We want to make our vision to see 1000 poverty relieving services, partnered with local churches throughout the UK, a reality by 2021.”
CPAS (Church Pastoral Aid Society): “Thank you for your generous donation to the work of CPAS as we continue to make new steps in equipping local churches to share the Gospel with everyone, and for contributing to our mission-enabling work across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The response to our “PCC Tonight” resource continues to make a difference around the country as PCCs are equipped to play a more active lead in the mission and ministry of local churches.
Please pray for our work too, including more opportunities for School Ventures with C of E primary schools – creating more holidays to give young people the chance to explore life with Jesus.
The Fishermen’s Mission: “Please accept our grateful thanks for your donation. We are planning for a busy time ahead as we look to offer support to our fishermen and their families during the winter. They often face a difficult and unpredictable time as winter weather can mean missing out on valuable fishing opportunities and can make fishing more dangerous. We are always on hand to help financially and practically to support them in keeping home and hearth together.
We are also able to arrange visits and social events for retired fishermen and their dependents who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness. We offer the most practical and speedy response we can to those who need us and, if the worst happens at sea, then we will be waiting on the harbour to provide comfort and hope to the injured, shocked or sick fishermen who are brought to us.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders): A doctor who was based in Sa’ada in north Yemen in an area that was experiencing almost daily attacks from coalition air forces, writes: “Thank you for your donation which helps us to provide medical aid where it is needed most – helping a mother to give birth in Yemen, running a vaccination programme in Chad or providing lifesaving surgery in Jordan.
MSF is running the emergency department operating theatre, inpatient ward and maternity ward of the 93-bed hospital in Sa’ada City….We saw more than 2,000 emergency cases a month and more than 100 surgeries a week. It was challenging…for our medical staff many of whom were on call 24 hours a day. ..We received a lot of patients with severe injuries, including traumatic amputations. Many of the wounded had travelled for four to five hours to reach us, as it was the only hospital with emergency surgical capacity in the province….Despite the volatility of the conflict, life goes on. The maternity ward staff delivered more than 100 babies a week….it was reassuring for the wider population to know that while lives were being lost, new life was being created.”
Mercy Ships: “In August the Africa Mercy arrived in Benin to deliver free, lifesaving medical care to the world’s forgotten poor. It’s our fifth visit to this country and its wonderful people, giving us an opportunity to build upon previous work done there. It’s astonishing to think that this tiny West African nation currently only has 6 doctors to treat every 100,000 people. Through your support, Mercy Ships will bring life-changing surgeries to Benin, by delivering many programmes including:
Message Trust: “Thank you so much for your church’s wonderful donation towards the work of The Message Trust. As a movement, we are totally committed to the local church. Our sole purpose is to reach unchurched young people with the Gospel and connect them to local churches like yours for long-term discipleship. We exist to serve the local church, strengthen its arm and see it flourish. As part of this each year we aim to send out inspiring speakers to visit as many churches as possible to share some exciting testimonies from our prisons, schools and community teams. Our hope is to encourage you and your church in your own mission and outreach as we share the vision God has given us.
We are seeing hundreds of young people each month respond to the Gospel message, turning their lives around, making better choices and growing in their faith.
St Mary’s Partington and Carrington: “Thank you for your generous support. As you may know, we are awaiting the Revd Dr Andrew Knight to take up position as Priest in Charge. During the vacancy we have been blessed with many visiting clergy, and our churchwardens have done an amazing job with the day to day running of the parish.”
Trafford Youth for Christ: “Your generous gift is received with heartfelt thanks and is an encouragement to our ministry as well as a living testimony that Christian giving not only resources God’s work but ‘overflows with many thanksgivings to God’ (2 Cor.9:12). It will go a long way in assisting us to take the Gospel to more young people in Trafford. We are busy planning our work and priorities for the year ahead. We continually seek to grow our presence in the schools across Trafford and our support of local churches who ensure the young people we meet in schools are fed into positive and nurturing church families where they will receive the continual support they need.”
At St Maryʼs with St Lukeʼs we seek to sustain the work of these organisations not only with our giving but also with our prayers.
By taking a look at the charities’ websites below you can find out more about their work and see how God’s love is being shown to millions of people all over the world as their lives are changed for the better. Perhaps it will inspire you to support them yourself, both financially and in your prayers.
Click on the link for each charitiy to visit their website
Bible Society: www.biblesociety.org.uk
Booth Centre: www.boothcentre.org.uk
Christians Against Poverty: www.capuk.org
Church Pastoral Aid Society: www.cpas.org.uk
Church Urban Fund: www.cuf.org.uk
The Fishermen’s Mission: www.fishermensmission.org.uk
Kashmir Education Foundation: http://www.kef.org.pk
Medecins Sans Frontieres: www.msf.org.uk
Mercy Ships: www.mercyships.org.uk
Message Trust: www.message.org.uk
St Mary’s Partington: www.stmaryspartington.org.uk
Tear Fund: www.tearfund.org
Trafford Youth for Christ: www.traffordYFC.co.uk
Wood Street Mission: www.woodstreetmission.org.uk
Join us in the week that we love every neighbour.