Whatever it takes...
By Mat Kerr
Last week the chancellor pledged to do “whatever it takes” to meet the financial needs of the country at this time. He didn’t say, “we will do our best”, he repeated over and over, “we will do whatever is necessary!” That was a promise, a message of hope to those in need, boldly communicating the value of every single person and a commitment to financially care for them whatever the cost. It is the kind of statement you might expect to hear in the book of Acts. For since it’s first days on planet earth, the church which is founded on Gods command for us to love one another, has been a strong advocate of helping those in need. Even to the point where people were selling their land and homes to care for others. (Acts 4:32-37) James says “pure religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress.” (James 1:27)
For many people this is becoming a time of distress. The government has promised to help, but lack of income and financial strain is a very present concern. And as a church we are not unaffected. Three things for us to be aware of and consider are;
- Our income is dropping. We started this year with a much tighter budget than previous years, and though many in the church support it directly through electronic bank transfers, the Sunday morning freewill offering, which in no longer being collected, was a necessary part of our income. Beside that, we are aware that some people may not be in a position to give to the church the way they have been in the past.
- We want to be able to help those who are in financial need. If you find yourself struggling at the moment, please don’t feel ashamed. Many people are in a similar situation and it is not your fault. There is no shame in asking for help. Tomorrow you will likely be the one able to assist someone else. This is what church is about, it is Gods way, so please don’t keep your problems to yourself. Let a church leader know so we can love you and help you.
- Giving is an act of worship. It is an act of faith. It is an act of love. God expects it of us and he requires it of us. It is our Christian responsibility and not an optional extra to our faith. The Lord loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor 9:7). He loves it when we take steps of faith, this is a time for us to grow in our faith, our worship and our love, and to give the Lord something to delight in.
How can we do this:
- We are currently in discussion with Maxwell’s Courtyard regarding options for reducing our rent during the time we are not using the building. This will help with our regular expenses, but possibly not cover our desire to help those in need.
- If you don’t already give to the church electronically you can do this through online banking. The Church bank details are:
Account no. 00046736
Sort Code. 95-06-79
If you can’t do this, but still want to give there are other options, please contact Andrew on 07988 721 056, and he shall identify the method which will suit you best.
- As we become aware of needs of people within the church we shall communicate these in a suitable and sensitive way, with details of how you can give to help in specific situations.
Lets not be slow to love, now is a time to rise to the challenges before us and to trust the Lord in all things.