Christian Stewardship is about our response to the gifts that we have received from God. It concerns the use of our time, talents and treasure for the work of the church, and our care for all of God’s creation. As Christians we seek God’s guidance on how we should use His gifts to us. Christian Stewardship is about being the people that God wants us to be.
- How we spend our time
- How we care for our body and make healthy choices
- How we use our money
- How we choose to use our talents and gifts
- How we manage our relationships
- How we care for the environment
- How we practise our faith
We are called as individuals and as congregations into God’s mission. We participate by giving the gifts that God has entrusted to us. These gifts are our time, our talents and abilities, and our treasure or physical resources. Christian stewardship covers all aspects of our lives
Christian Giving is about what we use for others, including the giving of a portion of our time, our talents and our treasure – our money. This giving enriches the lives of others. Our giving supports the work of the church through worship, mission and service, and thus enables the sharing of the Gospel. Christian Giving is sacrificial giving; a response to God’s sacrificial giving in Christ:
"For God loved the world so much that He gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not die but have eternal life."
John 3 v 16
Stewardship of Time
Lord Jesus, in this Time of New Beginning help us to love one another as you love us. May the community of the Church be a foretaste of the Kingdom of God already begun. Amen
Gift Aid Giving
Did you know that the church can claim 25p for every £ given if the donor is a UK taxpayer and signs a Gift Aid declaration? This is true whether payments are made by regular standing order, via freewill envelopes, or by other identifiable means. For more information, or to set up/amend an existing arrangement please contact the Gift Aid Convener, Andrew Jones firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01506 840914.
Did you know that when you shop online you could also be collecting free donations for the church? Through our link with easyfundraising whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be collecting donations for the church. easyfundraising have over 3,000 shops and sites on board ready to donate, including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, thetrainline and Sainsbury's – and it doesn't cost you a penny extra!
It's as easy as a, b, c...
a. Head to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmichaelslinlithgow/ and join for free.
b. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and then to start shopping.
c. After you’ve checked out, that retailer will make a donation to the church at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
There are no catches or hidden charges and St Michael's will benefit from your shopping. Why not give it a try the next time you log on to go shopping?
Annual Report and Accounts
The Annual Report and Accounts for 2019 are available here
St Michael's annual report and accounts for 2019 have been approved by Kirk Session and submitted to Presbytery. The next step would normally be to arrange the Stated Annual Meeting, but that is not possible at present. The key points are that offerings increased from £249k in 2018 to £254k; however, there was an overall deficit of £6.5k due to essential property expenditure.