Giving as a Response to God
Giving is a big part of the Christian life and the way we build community. Strangely, giving doesn’t begin with us – it begins with God:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” ~ JOHN 3:16
That first Christmas morning, when Mary gazed upon her son, she was looking at the ultimate gift to the world from God. All giving comes as a response to this ultimate gift to us.
Giving in Prayer
Giving isn’t a transaction. It is a big part of our spirituality. It is all about the relationship that we have with God and with each other. It is about the whole of our life: prayers, gifts and talents, time, love and service.
Prayer is at the heart of it all, so pray about it. Pray about what you would like to give and pray about how you are going to give it. At the end of the day this is about our relationship with God.
Giving to build Community
The Christian community here is funded through the generous giving of people who support it. In essence, the work of the Church is funded by the community who worship at it.
When we read the book of Acts, written two thousand years ago, we see how some of the first followers of Jesus were really radical. They shared everything that they had with each other. Although we are a community at Huddersfield Parish Church, we don’t live in one big commune together. Instead, we think about our giving as a “tithe”, which is a small percentage of our income.
Giving to Serve the Community
So what is it that we give to? The Christian community is dedicated to worshipping God and responding to God’s story by serving our communities in Huddersfield and surrounding areas. In practical terms this means playing our part in The Diocese of Leeds, working in the community, maintaining the church building that is used to serve the community and using all of our resources to support the local community in the best way that we can.
Ways to Give
If you would like to contribute to the future of Huddersfield Parish Church, there are different ways to do it. The most effective is by standing order with gift aid. Like everyone we need to pay the regular bills each month. Knowing that we have regular income means that we can do that.
If you would like to set up a standing order, it can be done with our Planned Giving Standing Order form. You can download the form to complete at home below:
It’s also easy to set up online through your bank using our sort code and account number:
Bank: Royal Bank of Scotland
Sort Code: 16-22-04
Account Number: 10231905
On behalf of all the groups and individuals in our community that we support – thank you!