2 Corinthians 9:6-7
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
1 Peter 4:10
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
- regular Sunday offering plate givings
- pre-authorized givings setup for monthly donations to Gale
- lump sum donations at some point during the year
- designated funds to buy specific items for the church
- They may be designated toward certain projects and set aside specifically for that purpose or forwarded directly to that organization; for example, we receive funds for PWSD, Woolwich Community Services, Woolwich Counselling Centre, and relief efforts in disaster torn countries, i.e. Philippines/Syria.
- Funds directed toward certain projects, such as relief efforts, are matched by PCC (Presbyterian Church in Canada) to double the given amount.
- A significant amount of money is sent directly to the PCC each year as general givings to support efforts that the national church decides are important.
- Other funds are used within our own congregation to support youth going to camp, mission trips within Canada or abroad, Vacation Bible School or to support youth activities and Christian education in general.
- Funds are also used to operate the church building (heat and hydro), and to pay staff including a minister’s salary.
Members may choose to arrange for a specific amount of money to be automatically withdrawn from their bank account every month to be deposited directly into the church account.
This ensures that a regular donation is made, even when a member can’t be in church. It helps ensure a regular stream of revenue coming into the church.
The amount of the donation can be changed at any time. It can be stopped at any time as well.
Members still receive envelopes which they can use to place into the givings plate each week and when special causes, such as disaster relief funds, are requested, a member can choose to place money in the envelope and direct it to the specific cause.
Another way to donate to the church is through something called planned giving. This involves including the church as a beneficiary in a will. It can also mean naming the church in an insurance policy or donating stocks to the church. There may be financial benefits to the donor for these actions.
For more information about planned giving, please see the information on the Presbyterian Church in Canada website: