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Giving

Why do Christians give?

If you’re thinking about giving to the work of OPC, thank you.  As you consider that, here are a few things to think about:

1. You’re valuable, whatever you give

Your value in the church is determined not by how much you give, but by how much has been given for you.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son…”  That tells you that you are infinitely precious, so we shouldn’t give to try to increase our worth in the sight of God, ourselves or others.

For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son..."

John 3:16

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 7:9

2. The right reason to give

That same truth tells us what should motivate us to give.  Our giving should be in grateful response to the extraordinarily generous love we’ve been shown by God through Jesus and out of a desire to worship him and see his kingdom grow.  As we increasingly understand and believe that God the Father was willing to give us his Son and that Jesus was willing to give us his life on the cross, we will find our hands opening in generosity, gratitude and love.  We will want to give to the one who has given us more than we could ever repay.

2. The right reason to give

That same truth tells us what should motivate us to give.  Our giving should be in grateful response to the extraordinarily generous love we’ve been shown by God through Jesus and out of a desire to worship him and see his kingdom grow.  As we increasingly understand and believe that God the Father was willing to give us his Son and that Jesus was willing to give us his life on the cross, we will find our hands opening in generosity, gratitude and love.  We will want to give to the one who has given us more than we could ever repay.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 7:9

3. How giving is good for you

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matthew 6:21)  This is especially helpful because it works in two ways.  Firstly, it diagnoses our hearts – you can tell what your heart is set on by looking at where your money is invested.  But, secondly, it also helps us know how to redirect the desires of our hearts – our hearts follow our investments.  Sometimes, as followers of Jesus, we want to feel more committed to him and seeing his kingdom grow.  A powerful way to redirect our hearts towards his Kingdom is to invest in his Kingdom.  As we do that, our grip on the things of this world will loosen and our hearts will be more and more captured by the things of eternity and the glory of Jesus.  So, give what you want to give.  But also consider giving what you want to want to give.

Our spiritual need to give is greater than the church's financial need to receive.

Command those who are rich in this present world...to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

1 Timothy 6:17–18

4. How your giving is used

How much we can do as a church is significantly determined by what finances we have available.  There are great needs in the areas of:

    • People – we want to sustain and grow our staff team, which is hugely important to advancing the mission of the church.
    • Sharing the gospel – we are committed to pursuing opportunities to tell others about Jesus.  Doing so effectively often costs money.
    • Resources – we need to invest in regular and one–off ways in our buildings and other assets that will increase our effectiveness in ministering to each other and reaching out to our community with the gospel.
    • Beyond the parish – we want to be part of God’s mission to take the gospel to all the world as we support church planting in our region and mission partners around the world.

4. How your giving is used

How much we can do as a church is significantly determined by what finances we have available.  There are great needs in the areas of:

    • People – we want to sustain and grow our staff team, which is hugely important to advancing the mission of the church.
    • Sharing the gospel – we are committed to pursuing opportunities to tell others about Jesus.  Doing so effectively often costs money.
    • Resources – we need to invest in regular and one–off ways in our buildings and other assets that will increase our effectiveness in ministering to each other and reaching out to our community with the gospel.
    • Beyond the parish – we want to be part of God’s mission to take the gospel to all the world as we support church planting in our region and mission partners around the world.

Command those who are rich in this present world...to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

1 Timothy 6:17–18

To think more about why Christians give, watch or listen to this talk

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How to Give

Regular Giving

If you can, please give by standing order. This allows us to more accurately predict what giving we will receive and to plan accordingly. Please use the bank details below and include your surname in the reference so your giving can be identified.

If you are unable to set up a standing order yourself using online banking, you can download a standing order form by clicking here. Please return this to the treasurer, either in person or to treasurer@opc.org.uk.

One–off Gifts

One–off gifts of whatever size can make a big difference to the ministry of a church. If you'd like to make a gift, thank you! These can be made by bank transfer using the details below or by a cheque made payable to 'Oughtibridge PCC'.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can reclaim 25% of your gift (regular and one off) from HMRC.  If that's the case, please click the icon above to download a gift aid form and return it to the treasurer when completed.

Leaving a Legacy in Your Will

Leaving a legacy can have a transformative impact on the ministry of a church. If you would like to make arrangements to do this, please contact our treasurer.

Our Bank Details

Account name: Oughtibridge PCC
Account number: 00033707
Sort code: 40–52–40

Contact our Treasurer

Click the icon above to go to our contact page and select 'Treasurer' from the dropdown menu.

Making a Budget

Making a personal budget is a helpful way to see your finances and work out how much you'd like to give. If you'd like some help setting a personal budget, you might find this spreadsheet a helpful tool.

Click here to access the spreadsheet in Google Sheets format.

Click here to download the spreadsheet in Apple Numbers format.