Stewardship is not about money. Perhaps more specifically stewardship is not just about money. Stewardship is more precisely about the way we manage the things with which we are entrusted and over which we have control.
In discussions about the environment and ecology we are often discussing the stewardship of creation, or more specifically out stewardship of planet earth, which many of us would consider another area in which we could do better - as school reports used to say.
Stewardship is generally understood as the acceptance or assignment of responsibility to shepherd and safeguard the valuables of others. We accept that while we are here, we are custodians of many or few resources, and the issues are very much not so much about how much we have before we leave the planet, but how we have used those things with which we were entrusted.
For us as Christians the same is true of our time and our abilities.
The Church needs money
The Church does need money. Our various expenses, including stipend, our contribution to the Diocese, insurances, electricity, and the like run to a little over $10,000 per month. Whilst that may seem like a lot, like you and everyone else, we just have to admit that everything is getting more expensive.
One of the challenges we face is that many of those who attend Church are in receipt of modest fixed incomes.
Ideally, what we offer to God, should reflect something of what God has done for us, and our response to God. Because we know that in practical terms that that offering has a purpose, namely to support and maintain the work of the Church, both locally and more broadly.
Part of the task of the parish council is to ensure that the money contributed is used well and sensibly, and part of our concern as members of the Parish is to make sure that there is enough to do the things that need to be done.
How Can I Contribute Money?
When you come to church on a sunday the offertory plate is passed around during the hymn before the Great Thanksgiving.
We are able to provide Offertory Envelopes for those who wish to use them, and this can be a good way of making sure that if I miss a week I can still contribute.
You are more than welcome to contribute using a direct electronic transfer. We bank with Westpac in Belmont. BSB 032-510 Account 11-0070 Reference Please use your initials and surname. You can set this up as a regular scheduled transfer which can be quite convenient.
Whilst undoubtedly the bulk of our income does come from the regular giving, the idea of leaving a sum of money to the Parish in a bequest can help provide supplementary income to help ensure the ongoing financial viability of the Parish.