‘Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
The Bad News…
It seems as though the news is full of negative stories about the lives of young people in our country today. National newspapers tell us that rates of depression and anxiety amongst teenagers have increased by 70 per cent in the past 25 years with one in four children showing some evidence of mental ill-health. Locally we’ve seen the curfew placed on youngsters in Wath town centre to try to reduce anti-social behaviour caused, in part, by teenagers with little to do and nowhere to go.
And then there’s domestic abuse, homelessness, and so forth!
…and The Good News!
It sometimes feels as though, as individuals, there is little we can do to help these people. The good news is that this is not the case. There is plenty we can do as a Church community and the great news is that we have been given the means and the opportunity to help these young people, and to help grow the Church younger, to give everyone in our Parish a more hopeful future.
The Power to Change
If you take a moment to think about it you’ll be able to recall the ways in which the power that knowing Jesus brings to your life and it this that the Archbishop of Canterbury wants to be experienced by as many people as possible,
” We are committed to this work because we want everyone to know how much they are loved by God through Jesus Christ, and how they can find that love for themselves. We believe that everyone should have a chance to experience the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of belonging to a Christian community wherever they live, whether in an urban city centre, an outer housing estate or in remote rural areas” said Justin Welby.
If every adult who is part of our Church community and who regularly attends our services gave a regular and considered gift to our Church, we are confident we can continue this transformation of lives. At the end of the day how much to give is a thoughtful, prayerful decision only you can make, hence: ‘each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.’
Love is generous, love is kind and love is selfless – we see that in all God gives to us; how will you respond?
What We Do
It is an integral part of life in the church that, as disciples of Christ we are also generous. It is not widely known just how much our church here in Wath upon Dearne does for the local community, so here is a list of what we do on a regular basis, plus some recent events.
- Making Scrubs clothes for NHS staff
- Raising Money to support those providing food for local families
- Supporting homeless people via the Archer Project
- Monthly Coffee Mornings – various charities
- Summer Fair – various charities
- Making Twiddle muffs for Alzheimer patients
- Sending off shoeboxes to Orphanages in Eastern Europe
To mention but a few.
The Benefits of Giving
We do these things for free because unconditional love inspires us to live this way and all are welcome to join us in volunteering to work for the community, or to give what you can. There is so much joy felt in doing something for others, it is well-known that the attitude involved is good for dealing with stress and enhances your life.
But the main point of giving is that the main benefactors are those who are in unfortunate circumstances and receive the support that helps them know they are not forgotten.
Of course, so that there will always be a church in Wath in years to come, money is needed to train and provide a living wage for your clergy.
Make a Difference
As planned giving officer, it is my role to help raise awareness of the need to contribute to our community and to make it easier to donate time and whatever you can spare. I don’t know of anyone who thinks that the way things are is satisfactory. Well here is your chance to make a difference to the town you live in and help make it better than it would have been.
Our charity work is for the wider community as well – the whole world is a community of which we are a part, and there are needy places abroad that benefit from our fundraising and giving events.
It’s Easy to Contribute
So, having read the above, if you wish to get involved in our efforts by volunteering, please get in touch via the form below; and if you wish to make a cash donation, please read about the Parish Giving Scheme. This is a very easy way to make one-off and regular donations of any size that you wish to go to our local church and is, of course, confidential.
Parish Giving Scheme
You can set up a Direct Debit to support the work of a church of your choosing, using either a PGS form or by direct telephone number:
0333 002 1271
You will need the following
- Parish code 350635235
- Bank sort code
- Account number
The process takes about 10 minutes.
Alternatively, you can print off and post a completed Gift Form. The Church Name and Code have already been put into the form.
Click the image below to access it (Adobe Acrobat file)
The first two pages offer plenty of explanation of how the scheme works, but for more detailed information, view the following:
There are daily reflections about God’s generosity to us that you can read or listen to in the podcasts on the Generous June page and featuring contributions from people from the Diocese of Sheffield twinned with those from the Diocese of Winchester.
Bishop Pete Wilcox led the initiative on 1st June.
Going forward after listening to the podcasts, there is a post reflecting on what God’s generosity means to us and how we might respond.
Contact the Planned Giving Officer
Mike Underwood 07846 960313