People attending our church give in two ways – of their time (serve) and of their finances (donate).
Where people want to donate their time, we ask them to look at our ministries (Click here) to find their niche.
However, it is important to address the issues of money and giving as clearly as possible, so that people are fully informed of this vital area of the church’s life. The rest of this page is designed for that very purpose – to answer some of the questions that are commonly asked.
Why Give Money To the Church?
Here at MRMC we make no apology for encouraging all of our members to give as generously as they can to the church. We do so for two key reasons:
- Giving is an essential part of our spiritual lives and deepens our experience of faith. Generosity is part of our truest nature, for we have all been made in the image of an abundantly generous God.
- Our church needs the generous giving of all its members for its life and witness to flourish. Our principal source of income is the faithful, regular giving of our members, without which this church would have to close.
How Do People Give Financially to the Church?
There are a number of ways in which people can give financially to the church:
ZAPPER – By using your smartphone, download and setup the Zapper App you can scan the QR code above (or on the pews in church) and give us your donation without having to worry about carrying cash or swiping a card. Donations can be once off or set to recur for a 12 month period.
PAYPAL – Payment method coming soon!
PLANNED GIVING – Many people choose to give through the church’s Planned Giving Scheme, which we encourage. They can do so in one of two ways:
- By making a direct deposit into the church’s bank account, either via the internet or through a physical deposit at the bank. People who choose to give in this way are asked to include either their name or their Planned Giving number as a reference on their direct deposit, enabling the church to acknowledge what they have given. The church’s bank account details for direct deposits are as follows:
Branch Code: 220226
Account number: 50710285335
Account name: MCSA Manning Road Society
- By using the monthly Planned Giving envelopes provided by the church, putting their cash (no cheques please!) into these envelopes and putting them into the offering plate on Sundays. Each person’s envelopes are marked with their Planned Giving number, enabling the church to acknowledge what they have given.It must be stressed that what people give through the Planned Giving Scheme is treated in the strictest confidence. Monies received are recorded against people’s PG numbers and not their names. Furthermore, only the PG Administrator has access to this information. Every quarter, everyone who is part of the Planned Giving Scheme will receive an acknowledgement of what they have given. This is done as a way for the church to be accountable to our receiving and accurately recording people’s giving. It is also a helpful record for people of what they have given, as a further encouragement of them in this important aspect of their spiritual lives.To join the Planned Giving Scheme, simply let us know, and we will get you a Planned Giving reference number (for direct deposits) or some Planned Giving envelopes right away.
DIRECTLY INTO THE OFFERTORY BOWL
Some people put cash directly into the offering bowl on Sundays. Obviously, there is no way for the church to acknowledge these financial gifts.
SPECIAL EFFORTS AND DONATIONS
From time to time there may be a special appeal from the church for money for a particular project or need, to which people may want to respond. We refer to this as ‘Special Efforts’ giving, which is understood to be offerings over and above people’s regular giving.
Alternatively, from time to time people’s circumstances are such that they may wish to make a special donation to the church over and above their regular giving. This would also include any bequests that people leave to the church in their wills.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I GIVE?
This is a question that everyone needs to answer for themselves. It’s important to remember that our giving, like every other aspect of our spiritual lives, is an area in which we are expected to grow and, by God’s grace, can grow if we choose. There are a number of guiding biblical principles that will be helpful to you as you consider for yourself how much you should give.
- Let your giving be a response to all that God has already given to you – ‘‘We love because God first loved us.’ (1 John 4:9)
- Let your giving be intentional – ‘Everyone should give what they have decided in their heart to give.’ (2 Cor 9:7)
- Let your giving be proportional – ‘From everyone who has been given much, much will be required.’ (Luke 12:48)
- Let your giving be sacrificial – ‘Their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.’ (2 Cor 8:3)
- Let your giving be joyful –‘God loves a cheerful giver.’ (2 Cor 9:7)