As a community, we believe that our faith grows and gets stronger through giving. God calls us to live generously and by so doing, God shape us into a people who live by faith. Giving is a loving action because those who receive our gifts benefit and find their lives enriched. Giving also seeks to do justice, giving hope to those who struggle.
At St Mungo’s Church, your giving provides an opportunity for us be involved in our community, Bryanston, and also in the community of Diepsloot. We minister not only in practical ways (feeding the hungry, providing education, skills and seeking employment) but also to share the Good News with this generation, calling them to new life in Christ. In the ordinary “business of faith”, we seek to bring change to places in need, both locally and globally.
Giving is something the Bible teaches. Jesus talked more about this topic than Heaven, Hell or even prayer. To understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus, we must also understand what it means to be a generous person.
HOW MUCH DO I GIVE?
The Bible teaches a helpful principle: Everything actually belongs to God – that means the Earth, our home and all it provides as well as you and me (including our skills, our health and our time). A practice which is helpful is to set aside a percentage of our income (10%), as the primary way we acknowledge that God is first in our lives. The word “tithe” literally means “tenth” or 10%. Tithing isn’t merely giving something to God. It’s giving back what was God’s to begin with. All that we have, or hope to have, comes from Him. Tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything. The Bible challenges us to put God first in our lives everyday. (See Proverbs 3:9, 10; Matthew 6:33).
CAN I GIVE MORE?
Amazingly, in Malachi 3: 10, God makes “Giving” the only area in the Bible where God invites us to test Him. God challenges us to Give our tithe to God (the first 10% of your income) and see if God doesn’t “open the floodgates of heaven” to bless you in ways that you never dreamed possible. It is also possible to go “Beyond the tithe” and be extravagantly generous.
If you’ve never been a person who tithes, we challenge you to try it for a season and we believe you will experience God’s generosity to you. Pay attention to how God shows up and blesses you in ways you would have never imagined. You can give additional gifts to the building fund, or to a specific project like our work Social Action, or any other project you’d like to support.
GIVING CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Giving is the antidote for materialism. The Bible says that by giving generously we are able to “take hold of the life that is truly life.” You aren’t really living unless you are giving freely. (See I Timothy 6:18, 19). By making giving a spiritual practice, you can make an investment that pays dividends for a lifetime and beyond. By investing in the life-changing message of Jesus, you can use money for eternal purposes. (I Timothy 6:7)
DIFFERENT WAYS TO GIVE
Every Sunday, an offering is taken at St Mungo’s in all services. Members and friends put cash into the offering plates as they go around. On the first Sunday of the month, after our Holy Communion Services, a Retiring Offering is taken at the door of the Church for the “Benevolent Fund”. This offering is used to assist those in need.
80% of the giving we receive though comes through our “Planned giving programme”. This money is transferred by Debit Order or Electronic Funds Transfer. Signing up for “online giving” enables you to keep careful track of your giving history and make your giving deliberate. It’s easy to sign up. It saves the church processing time and money. And your information is kept confidential and secure.
Our account details are:
St Mungo’s United Church. Standard Bank, Fourways Crossing (009953). Account: 02 338 787 4.
Our pledge recorder is Raymond Church firstname.lastname@example.org
TIME, TALENT AND TREASURE
Giving is not just about money, it is also about your time and talents. The Scriptures teach us to be “stewards,” or managers, or all the resources God has given us. See the “Serve” link to find out how you can give time and talent. So join the adventure here at St Mungo’s to help us know the Lord Jesus intimately and to share his love passionately.