Generosity Good News Stories
Stories of God’s Generosity
Generosity Fika on the Roseland
Revd Douglas Wren, Oversight Minister for the Roseland writes: “A what?” was the usual response to my suggestion that someone signed up for our Generosity Fika. I got a much better response when I asked folk to bake a cake, of which we thankfully had plenty. But then, how would you describe our time together? Baking cakes is a known activity, exploring a part of discipleship that, whilst right at the heart of God, seems to be rarely explored felt more unusual.
Celebrating Generosity in Probus
Generosity is an important part of how we see ourselves as a Church at Probus. Our full title is the Church of St Probus and St Grace and this has inspired our vision to not just celebrate the goodness (Probus means goodness in Latin) and grace of our God, but to pass on that goodness and grace to those around us. The church relies on the generosity of our members to keep it going in terms of regular giving, however, as a relatively small congregation in a large, ancient and slightly crumbling building we can struggle to be as financially generous as we would like to be to the rest of the world. But a recent appeal we’ve been involved with has highlighted to me just how much generosity there is within our community that we as a church can celebrate and partner in.
Contactless giving at Budock Church
If you walk into St Budock church you can’t fail to notice the attractive new “CollecTin More” contactless card reader. Budock is one of the Diocese’s first churches to obtain one of these devices, though many more are now following suit. At just under £300, no monthly fee and low transaction costs it is one of the best value devices on Parish Buying at the moment. At Budock, they predict an increase in annual income of £1,572, not including extra giving for Easter and Christmas services and special events. The main message from Budock to other churches thinking about contactless giving devices is “Get one!”
Experiencing and Responding to God’s Generosity in St Austell
Converting a public house and a hairdressing salon into a centre for a cafe, children and youth work, church offices, conference and training, social outreach support…etc…etc… has certainly been a means of keeping St Austell Parish on her knees in prayer. We had plans in place for a number of years to extend the church building, but when the opportunity arose to obtain a building directly opposite the church, a vision for the next chapter of mission began to unfold. No one can remember suggesting the purchase, but as we prayed, we became more and more convinced that this was the right plan.
The Success of PGS during the Pandemic – St Luke’s, Boscoppa
We are a small church with a big heart for serving the poor. For meeting with people where they are (not where we are). But this requires prayer warriors, it requires volunteers giving hours and hours of their time and gifts to see God’s Kingdom come in our community, and it takes money!
St Luke’s financial response to the Covid 19 pandemic was a complete act of God’s grace.
Cashing in with contactless
One of the things I had previously noticed in St Agnes church before I became treasurer in 2019 was that we have plenty of visitors to our church. Our church sits in the heart of the seaside village, next to the shops and opposite the pub and is open everyday so people are used to shopping and dipping into their purse or wallet when visiting the village. We get a lot of wall safe donations; in 2018 we received over £1,000 this way.
The Virtues of PGS at St Germans
Paul Gribble, Treasurer of St Germans Group writes:
“We returned to Cornwall and once it became clear that I was coming to this church on a regular basis I was approached to join the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS). It was easy to sell me the idea as I had routinely given money by standing order, so as it seemed to have additional benefits I thought little more about it other than filling in the form and signing on the dotted line.
That was until the back end of 2019 when I agreed to take on the role of Treasurer for the parish, and it was then that I started to really appreciate the benefits of the PGS!
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