Our Mission is to glorify God by making disciples from all nations, and we seek to achieve this through our strategy of “reaching out, building up and sending out.” This strategy cannot be achieved without the generous giving of hundreds of individual donors. The Bible teaches that everything that we have has been given to us by the Lord for us to steward and use for his purposes.
Whilst his purposes are expansive it is clear in scripture that we should be generous and sacrificial with all that we have – which is inclusive of our minds; our skills and attributes; our time; and our money.
In being called to give, Christians are being called to follow the model and character of our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus. He, who is by very nature God, gave up the status and riches that he had by the Father’s side to become human and ultimately give his life so that we might be saved.
Indeed, Paul gives encouragement to the Corinthians saying:
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”
Where Your Giving Goes
We are incredibly grateful to all our supporters for their prayerful, faithful and sacrificial giving. Whilst the Church continues to run its regular ministries week by week, money is always a necessary limiting factor. Therefore, a budget is approved by the church members each November to set expenditure for the year ahead. We base this on the income that we expect to receive, and so our activities are planned around what we anticipate we can afford. Given our Church budget and spending is based on expected income; it is helpful to us if you can share your intent for giving with us.
The Church Redevelopment Project and our current debt
Since 2008 we have completed two phases of a large Church Redevelopment Project. The Church now has a fantastic space for ministries, offices and the café, as well as being wheelchair accessible, although this did come at a cost: Phase I and Phase II of the Redevelopment cost £4.1 million and £200,000 respectively. Whilst a lot of this has already been funded, we do have a significant debt remaining of approx. £800K, which costs a considerable amount each month in capital and interest. Clearing this debt is therefore a high priority – and if you felt able to contribute to this, relieving the burden of the debt would have a great impact in allowing us to redirect resources elsewhere.