Why Should I Give?
To express our love and commitment to Christ
Our giving of money is an offering of our love and gratitude in response to the generous giving of God through Christ Jesus. It is also a measure of our commitment to Christ. As it has been said, “It is possible to give without loving but impossible to love without giving”.
To support the church in its ministry and mission
Our fellowship is totally self-supporting. We do not receive any denominational funding, nor do we look to the general public to finance our work. Giving money to God’s work should not be seen as a series of isolated acts of charity depending on how generous or prosperous we feel. Rather, it should be a matter for prayerful consideration and of consistent responsibility in supporting the ministry of the church.
Where Does the Money Go?
Our total expenditure was nearly £200,000 in 2012.
This money was spent in six main areas:
Our Pastors are entirely supported by our gifts. This frees them for the work of preaching and teaching, pastoring and leading.
At least 20% of our regular undesignated giving goes to causes outside our fellowship in supporting various mission projects and personnel overseas and in this country.
We have a large and well-used suite of buildings together with housing for our pastors and their families. These need to be constantly maintained and occasionally improved so that the Lord’s work will not be hindered by poor facilities or equipment.
Our extensive youth and children’s ministry is financed by the church and we also support, to varying degrees, a wide range of other outreach activities, including Christianity Explored, Hullabaloo, Grace Café, Messy Church, craft groups and external social activities that help us to share Jesus with others.
Helping the Poor and Needy
We run a professionally staffed Christians Against Poverty centre offering to anyone in Lymington and the surrounding area, money management advice and practical assistance in dealing with the burden of existing debt. This ministry is fully funded by the church, helping clients to become free of debt and providing staff and volunteers with the opportunity to share their faith in Jesus.
A large fellowship needs good communication and administration. Publicity, pastoral resources, office services and other technical equipment and training are all needed to help ensure that the church is both effective and efficient in its ministry.
How Should I Give?
Paul in his second letter to the church in Corinth gives us a number of principles to follow from the example of the Christians in Macedonia. He writes that they gave, even in the midst of their suffering, liberally and joyfully (8:2), generously and freely (8:3), and in proportion to their ability (8:12). As a result, they reaped according to the measure that they had sowed (9:6) and God richly blessed their cheerful willingness (9:7). Many others were blessed through their giving (9:12).
How Much Should I Give?
This is something only you can decide with God. Prayerfully reflect on where God comes in your budgeting and spending. In the Old Testament God called His people to give 10% of their income (a tithe) and many Christians who have followed this Biblical practice have discovered the blessing God promises. In the New Testament He does not lay down any set figure; we live by grace, not under law. However, this should motivate us even more to give generously and sacrificially. Remember, the amount you give should be reviewed regularly in order to maintain its value.
How Can I Give?
Many people prefer to give regularly through their bank or building society directly into the church’s bank account. This also helps the church to budget effectively by having a more predictable cash-flow.
The bank details for the church are:
Payee Name: Lymington Baptist Church
Account Number: 00022730
Sort Code: 40-52-40
At our Sunday morning services there is the opportunity to give using the box located in the foyer. This box is not for a collection but for an offering, an act of worship to offer our gifts and lives in God’s service. To help people give regularly there are dated and unnamed weekly envelopes available.
If you pay income tax the church can reclaim the basic rate tax you have already paid on all your regular and one-off gifts (whatever amount – no minimum). This means that for every £1 you give, the church receives an additional 25p rebate from the Inland Revenue; higher rate tax payers also receive an extra 15p reduction in their income tax for every £1 given. Simply sign a simple Gift Aid Declaration and hand it to a member of the Finance Team. There is no longer any commitment to give for a fixed or minimum period. Forms are available from a member of the Finance Team or can be found next to the envelopes in the foyer.
Making a One-Off Donation or Financial Gift
Donations can be made electronically into the church’s bank account.
Payee: Lymington Baptist Church
Account No: 00022730
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Most of us try to provide for our financial needs in old age never knowing what might be needed or for how long. Having joyfully supported God’s work in your lifetime, you might consider making a bequest to the church in your will. This last opportunity to give will mean that you will continue to make an important contribution to the mission of our church even after your death.
Further information about legacy giving is available from the Finance Team.
Treasurer: Tony Lowman