We believe that we are in God’s world and that we are stewards of God’s creation. Who we are and what we have are intended to be used to honour and serve Jesus. We exist to glorify God. Giving to God’s work is an opportunity to show our love and express our thanks. This is as much about our time, our intellect, our abilities and our opportunities as our money.
When it comes to money, the Old Testament teaches that a tithe (10%) of all we have belongs to God and ought to be given to support “the Lord’s house”. We, also, find other gifts to mission or ministry or specific projects expected and encouraged. In the New Testament, Jesus challenges us to “exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees who tithe all they have”. Rather than a law it now becomes an opportunity of grace.
At Walmer, we invite every person to give a significant proportion of their income to the Church for the general running of the Church. Each person is encouraged to give, after prayerful consideration, in a systematic planned way. Many of our members actually do this by EFT or stop order, because it is safer and more manageable. As leaders at least a tithe of our income as a Church is given to other ministries, mission and outreach beyond the local congregation.
Beyond giving to general expenses which finance things like staffing, ministry, upkeep and maintenance and mission we invite our people to give as they feel led to capital expenditure (like building improvements), outreach and mission (like our “Bread of Life ministry’) and other special needs or challenges, from time to time through special appeals.
Giving is a privilege and helps us be more like our generous gracious God.