Today at all our congregations our wardens are giving us a brief snapshot of the parish budget for 2015. Once again we praise God for the generosity of his people over time. The growth of our parish (and the offertories to support our work) over the last 10 years are a wonderful testimony to God’s work.
In 2015 we require monthly offertories of $64,768 to support the ministry that, under God, we are seeking to do. The treasurer, Parish Council and wardens have worked very hard to ensure that the budget is as lean as possible. However, the realities of rising costs mean that this is an increase of 9% against our actual offertories received in 2014. We believe that this will stretch us, but is achievable.
How can we achieve this increase?
1) It is a wonderful testimony to God’s work in our church that so many people already give generously. In the Old Testament God’s people were called on to tithe (give 10% of their income to God). As New Testament believers this should be the starting point of generosity. For the many already giving generously we simply ask that you reconsider the level of your support for 2015 and consider if an increase is possible.
2) There is always a proportion of people who have not yet started giving generously. We invite you to do that this year. Ten new generous givers would see us easily meet our budget.
3) Pray for God’s generous provision through the generosity of his people.
For those wishing to give electronically the church’s Bank account details are:
Bank: Glebe Administration Board
Account Name: St George North Anglican Parish
BSB: 704 998
Account No.: 100008166