St Bride's: News - Deepening Discipleship

St Bride's: News

Deepening Discipleship

Deepening Discipleship

On Sunday 23rd June we revisit our 2018 stewardship campaign 'Deepening Discipleship.'

In the Gospels 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.

Clearly, for Jesus, money was an issue of central importance - and yet we seldom speak about this aspect of our Christian Discipleship.

How we use our resources is one of the most telling indicators of our true priorities: 'Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also' (Matthew 6:21), so it has a profound spiritual significance. This issue is particularly relevant to St Bride's, where our per capita giving has for many years been disappointingly low. 

Last June and September services were held as part of our Deepening Discipleship initiative to address this issue. We invited 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.

Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who responded so positively to last year's initiative - although many who did so were already amongst our most generous supporters!  As this is a subject that requires all of us do some heart-searching, we shall be re-visiting the 'Deepening Discipleship' theme at our 11:00am Choral Eucharist on Sunday 23rd June.

There are many ways of giving to St Bride's 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, 'God loves a cheerful giver.'  Giving is not a burden, it is a liberation." - Revd Canon Dr Alison Joyce

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