Being part of a church includes 3 responsibilities: praying, serving and giving. If you see yourself as a member of Christ Church, there is an expectation that you will be praying for the work of the church, serving in the ministry of the church and giving financially to the church. Financial giving is a spiritual discipline we are all called to; it allows the church to function and the Kingdom of God to grow.
How much should you give?
The New Testament does not give a mathematical sum to work out the answer to this. Rather it commands us to be generous (1Tim 6:17-19).
In reality it can be difficult to work out exactly what this means for our individual situation, but a model given by the Old Testament is that of tithing. This involves setting aside 10% of our income and giving it to our local place of worship. Giving to other causes (such as charities) is then encouraged on top of this.
How can I give?
There are many ways to give, such as cash or cheque on a Sunday, a bank transfer, using the envelop giving scheme, text giving or through a standing order. We encourage people to give via a monthly direct debit as this helps us budget most accurately for the year and also the money is easily identified back to each individual for gift aid purposes. The easiest way to set this up is though our web site:
(via your bank)
You can set up a standing order through your online banking, in branch or by post (down load form here).
Account Name: Christ Church Chester; Sort Code: 40-52-40; Account Number: 00017607
You can make an individual donation through this web site:
Alternatively you can send us a cheque or use our gift envelopes and giving box by the main door of church.
Consider giving us a one off gift if you receive unexpected income or if arranging your will.
You can leave a share of your estate or a specific sum.
However you give, if you are a UK tax payer please make sure you have filled out a gift-aid declaration form as this allows us to claim back an extra 25% on your gift. Declaration forms are available at the back of church, or on our our website.To make a gift aid declaration the correct form is found here .
- Carys Addison (Book Keeper) – firstname.lastname@example.org / 07443 584528