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Deepening Discipleship

Deepening Discipleship

In the Gospels it can come as something of a surprise to discover that Jesus says far more about money in relation to discipleship, than about any other subject. Out of his 38 recorded parables, no less than 16 of them are specifically concerned with issues of wealth.

Indeed, it has been calculated that one in every ten verses is to do with money. Clearly, for Jesus, this was an issue of central importance - and yet we seldom speak about this aspect of our Christian Discipleship.

Services were held in June and September as part of our Deepening Discipleship initiative this summer which has been addressing this issue, and also inviting our regular supporters and congregation members to review how this aspect of their life of faith is reflected in their support for St Bride's and the work that we do.

If you missed the services, you can watch the video of the sermon (together with some moments of illustrative choir acting!) above to find out more.

A sincere thank you to everyone who has responded so far to our Deepening Discipleship campaign. Some of you have increased your giving and, equally encouragingly, we have had a number of new planned donors.

For those of you who have not yet had a chance to consider your response, please do so. The are many ways of giving should you choose to. We encourage people to consider Planned Giving on a regular basis as this is the most effective way to support our work.

You can find out more information on our How to Donate page or contact our Head of Fundraising, James Irving, if you have any further questions james.irving@stbrides.com

And don't forget that if you are a UK tax payer, whether or not you are a planned donor, you can increase the value of your offertory gift by 25% (without it costing you a penny more!) by completing a white Gift Aid envelope in church or a one-off declaration.

Your support and generosity are warmly appreciated.

"Someone once said to me that, if you have something in your possession that you really cannot bear to give up - do you own it - or does it own you?  So when I am able to give generously, and do so, I know that I am free.  Which is why, as St Paul points out in our first reading this morning, 'God loves a cheerful giver.'  Giving is not a burden, it is a liberation." - Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce

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