As King David leads God's people in praise at the completion of a magnificent temple, he invites everyone to "consecrate themselves to the Lord today"
With this in mind, David can acknowledge God as the source and owner of all that he and his people have, or can ever offer. This means that giving is never about trying to make God richer, but it is more about getting the right perspective on our lives.
Bringing Ourselves to God
We have the opportunity to do this together every Sunday, and we are especially keen to pray and seek God together at our Central Prayer Meeting on the first Thursday of every month at 8pm at Pip n Jay. These times encourage us to keep on seeking and bringing ourselves to God throughout the week.
Paul shares an example of churches who gave generously, even though they suffered "extreme poverty" themselves. Their primary giving was to give themselves to God. Then, by the will of God, they also gave to the church because their desire became to take part in what God was doing.
Time & Talents
These are part of what we have received from God and we can choose to grow our generosity in giving them for the service of others. Volunteers at Pip n Jay do amazing things and make a big difference to our community. If you would like to get involved in serving at Pip n Jay, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul encourages the church to check their attitude towards giving. Reluctant giving is not asked for, but a cheerful heart which loves generosity results in an abundance of blessings. Paul reassures that, for the cheerful giver, "in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work"
In this way, cheerful, generous giving changes us personally, it transforms us as a body of people, and it has a real effect on the world around us as God's kingdom spreads.
Your generous contributions have a huge effect on lives in Bristol and beyond. The vast majority of money we receive goes to support the wider church and individuals on mission, both in our region and around the world. We spend a relatively small amount on our own costs, but we need the support of staff and a useful building as a base for the rest to happen. There is much more that we want to do than we can currently afford, so it's important for all of us to consider how we want to take part in giving to enable more mission.
How to Give
You can give by regular standing order or by putting cash or cheques payable to "St Philip and St Jacob PCC" into the offering plate on a Sunday. Standing orders are the most helpful way for us to budget, and they can make life easier for you too.
You can set up a regular standing order or single payment to Pip n Jay using these bank details:
Name: St Philip and St Jacob PCC
Sort Code: 40-52-40
Account Number: 00024688
Bank: CAF Bank Ltd, 25 Kings Hill Avenue, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4JQ
Please put your name as a reference so the treasurer can identify the payment.
You can also donate to Pip n Jay Church online using your debit or credit by clicking the link below. Please be aware that we are charged 2.5% on card transactions and our preferred donation method is via a BACS payment. Our banking details for this can be found above.
Gift Aid your donations and Pip n Jay Church will receive an extra 25 pence for every pound you donate under the Gift Aid scheme, at no extra cost to you! Please fill in the short form below to make your Gift Aid declaration online.