GIVING

At St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, we don’t ask visitors to give or take up an offering in the service.

Christians believe that everything we have is a gift from God, and is to be used for His glory. For Christians, giving is a privilege we enjoy and it provides an opportunity for us to partner in the spreading of the gospel and to support those in need.

WHY GIVE?

'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 through his poverty might become rich'

2 Corinthians 8:9

 

God is generous and calls us to be like Him 

If you are a visitor, please be our guest. We don't take up an offering during the service. However, Christians believe that everything we have is a gift from God, and we have been entrusted by God to be faithful stewards of all we have (Matt 25:14-30).

For Christians, giving is a privilege we enjoy because it provides us an opportunity to partner in the work of the local church in the spreading of the gospel, in the nurturing of our faith, in the ministry to every generation, in the sending of missionaries, and in the support of those in need.

God has generously given us life, health and every good thing in creation, and above all eternal life through Jesus Christ. So our generous and sacrificial giving is a response to God's generosity to us.

All the ministries at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church are dependent upon the giving of our regulars. We could it a privilege that 12% of our giving is also used to support many local and global mission partners and organisations

2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us that: 'Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.' If you are a regular of our church, we encourage you: Give prayerfully, generously, sacrificially and cheerfully.

HOW TO GIVE

DIRECT DEPOSIT

You can give electronically via online banking. The details for our bank account are:

Account name: St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church

BSB: 033 039

Account Number: 307 254

GIVE TO OUR BUILDING FUND

You can give electronically via online banking. The details for our building fund bank account are:

Account name: SHP Building Fund

BSB: 033 149

Account number: 488 439

Subject description: Building

GIVING ON SUNDAYS

If you would like to give but are unable to do so electronically, you may like to make use of the offering box at the entrance of the church. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here.

GIVING TOWARDS OUR VISION

MISSION & VISION

The potential purchase of a property is being considered as a resource to enable our mission of making and maturing disciples of Jesus together (Matthew 28:19, Matthew 22:36-40) and our vision to be a great multitude of disciples (Revelation 7:9). As we prayerfully seek to multiply in congregation size, we anticipate the need for extra space in both the immediate term (for Kid's church, Yoshi and other meetings) as well as longer- term (larger spaces to congregate, fellowship and expand ministries). Our hope is to be a church that serves generations of Christians and we want to take hold of every means so generations to come are captured by the love of Jesus and the transforming Word of God.

AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE

We are asking you, as the people of St Stephen's to prayerfully consider being part of pledging 'Towards Our Vision' by giving on top of your regular gifts to our church. Under God, our goal is to raise $1.5 million as a church. This money will enable us to pay off the debt incurred by the potential property purchase without impacting the ongoing operations of our church.

We could achieve this if 100 giving units (individuals or families) in our church gave:

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HOW TO GIVE TOWARDS OUR VISION

The first step is to pray.

Some points you may like to pray about:

  • Thank God for how he has provided for St Stephen's over many generations and connecting many to the gospel over the years.

  • Pray for wisdom as we seek to faithfully steward what God has entrusted to us and commit the property purchase into His hands.

  • Pray that our church will be a generous people in response to the gospel, and that we will give cheerfully and sacrificially

  • Pray that the necessary funds will be raised, for His kingdom and His glory.

 

The bible emphasises equal sacrifice, not equal gifts (Mark 12:41-44). Rather than how much we give, God is concerned with having a heart that is joyful and sacrificial. We are called to give in line with what He has blessed us with. This will mean different options for each of us. Some options include:

  • A one-off gift

  • A regular weekly or monthly gift

  • A combination of a one-off gift and a regular gift.

GIVE TO OUR BUILDING FUND

You can give electronically via online banking. The details for our building fund bank account are:

Account name: SHP Building Fund

BSB: 033 149

Account number: 488 439

Subject description: Building

It is important that with any giving to "Towards Our Vision", we see it as incremental to our regular giving at church. This is to ensure that our ongoing mission of making and maturing disciples is not disrupted and our existing commitments are covered.

We know that not everyone will be in a position to give or feel comfortable in doing so. If this is you, we invite you to pray with us.