To complete Phase 2 and Phase 3 will cost around £1.5m. How do we begin to make sense of such a big sum? The total is equivalent to around three times the church’s annual budget – so one way we can meet the challenge is to raise an additional £500,000 per year for three years.
How can we do this? The first thing we must do is pray for a generous heart. None of us should give out of guilt, but rather in response to what God has done for us.
Because our financial circumstances differ, we should recognise that a generous heart may influence our giving in different ways. However, it might help to know that our target would if about 330 individuals/families were able to give an additional £1,500 per year for three years – which is the same as roughly £29 per week. Could you be one of them?
Alternatively, another way to think about this is to consider the following:
- If 5 people gave an additional £10,000 each year
- and 10 people gave an additional £5,000 each year
- and 75 people gave an additional £2,000 each year
- and 100 people gave an additional £1,000 each year
- and 250 people gave an additional £500 each year
…we would be on our way to what we need to raise over three years.
Thinking about it this way is not to ask ‘what would be most comfortable for me?’, but rather ‘is there a sacrificial next-step I might take for the Lord?’ Giving in this way might mean foregoing some things over the course of the year, or giving as a one-off from savings, or, for some, setting up regular giving by standing order for the first time. For all of us, it means thinking sacrificially.
Want to donate? See the Donations form for all the details you’ll need to give by standing order, cheque or bank transfer
Got a query on giving? Contact the team.