St Leodegars Church is entirely financed through generous, regular giving from the congregation. As we step forward in our faith, giving to the Church is our primary way of giving to God for his work, enabling him to bring faith, hope, healing and the love of Jesus to other people. It is our conscious, free and joyful decision to give back to him in token of our immense gratitude for our own daily provision.
We all regularly review our finances, and we also do the same as a Church. Mission and ministry are partly about money, our ministry, staff, buildings, youth work, mission partners and mission in Chichester.
Committing to giving a proportion of our personal income regularly to the Church is an important part of following Jesus. In the Bible we are shown that God’s people always gave the first tenth of their entire income (known as a tithe) for His works. Jesus affirmed this practice and base-line to our giving.
We therefore ask that we all take the time to pray and reflect on our regular giving:
Committing to giving a proportion of our personal income regularly to the Church is an important part of following Jesus.
If you would like to give regularly to support the activities of Christ Church Cockfosters, please speak to our Treasurer, or complete the attached Giving Form and return it to the Revd James Russell.
The reason for all giving is that you may share in the joy of raising up life where there was brokenness and bring peace where there has been conflict. God gives us the opportunity to participate in His life-giving work. We experience His joy as we share our lives with others. He invites us to give our money, time, and abilities.
Psalm 116:12 asks, “How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me?” The Old Testament taught that 10% before taxes belonged to God. In addition to that tithe, the Hebrews brought offerings to God (sin offerings or thank offerings). In Malachi 3, the Lord admonishes the people for robbing Him by not being faithful in their tithing. He invited them to test Him and see if He wouldn’t bless them abundantly if they would tithe.
The New Testament doesn’t cancel this Old Testament guideline, but builds upon it. We have greater freedom in the Lord, now that we are under grace, not law. In 1 Corinthians 16:2, Paul says “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income.” That means the more we get, the more we give. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each person should give what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” In addition to regular tithing there may be times when you’ll want to give a special gift of thanks to the Lord because He has blessed you in a special way.
Giving is a vital part of the St Leodegar’s Church’s mission and in addition to supporting the general work and running of the Church, we aim to provide long-term support for a range of charities.
Christian Aid Week
The parish supports Christian Aid during the annual Christian Aid week by door-to-door collection in the village. Charities selected by PCC and receiving ongoing support currently are: Emmanuel International, Stonepillow, Feba and Church Mission Society (CMS). To find out more about these charities please check out our Mission page.
Annually, the PCC requests parishioners to nominate a charity, and after selection by the PCC, the sponsor leads a programme of events during the year to support it.