The Inside Column 28/7

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jul 28, 2013 No Comments

Good Morning and a very warm welcome to all. If you are visiting with us today we pray you will feel at home here at St Barnabas. Please make yourself known and feel welcome to stay for tea or coffee after the service.


We read in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8 these words encouraging generosity.


Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.


This Sunday is our combined celebration Gift Sunday. This is the one Sunday of the year we ask everyone to think about their giving to the church. Not just  financial giving, but the giving of time and  abilities as well.


Our finances have been very blessed year to date. We are pretty much keeping up with our Budget. As many of you know, we were able to pay back a large debt we had to the Diocese at the start of the year, through a one off donation, so there is much to give thanks for.

What I am asking everyone  to do is to prayerfully consider your giving, your weekly giving and to review and renew your commitment.

If you call St Barnabas ‘home’ and you are not giving to the church, may I  encourage you to do so. There are pledge cards in the foyer. Please take one and prayerfully consider your giving.

Of course we don’t just give of our  finances, we also give of our time and our abilities to the  vision and mission of the church and all that God is calling us to be. We all have gifts and talents that we can offer to the work of God’s kingdom. If there is something on your heart, some work that you would like to be    involved in please come and see me and we can best work out how to use your gifts.


We have so much to give thanks for, we are blessed in so many ways, through our cheerful giving we are able to bless others and become involved in something much bigger than ourselves.

Remember, tonight at 6.30pm Bishop Derek Eaton will give the second talk in his five week study series on Life after Death. It’s not too late to come along.


Have a great week!



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