The example of Jesus life makes clear the obligation of Christians to be ‘giving’. Christians have come to call this ‘stewardship’.
Implicit in ‘stewardship’ is the knowledge everything that we are provided for on earth ultimately comes to us from God. Unless God gives first, then we have nothing to own or share. We exist on earth as a direct result of the generous stewardship of God.
Our stewardship takes on several forms, and will evolve over time. One important way of engaging in stewardship, has been for the St Mary’s church family to engage with social and fundraising activities. A positive time is had by all and funds are raised. As a church we are becoming more aware of the importance of using these opportunities to support initiatives in the community, not just the church.
Stewardship has also been expressed by many members of the church family taking on responsibilities in the life of the church. Whether it be cleaning the toilets, serving on PCC, being the parish treasurer, serving as a eucharistic minister or leading prayers. These things and many more are our expressions, responding to the goodness of God. We serve God in His ministry by carrying out these roles and often even with a smile !
Like it has for so many areas of society the lockdown, brought about by COVID-19, has had a significant financial effect on the Church, both nationally and in St Mary Chickerell.
We desperately need your help financially.
If you can help us with a one-off donation, or set up a regular giving plan, please consider this.