Each year at StAG we have Gift Day, where as a church we give to support a particular cause or need. Over the years our members have given very generously, for which we praise God.
This year’s Gift Day is Sunday 18th November, which is also Mission Day. This is appropriate, because we are seeking your gifts for works which have direct benefit beyond St Andrew the Great:
1. The StAG student work - 50% of Gift Day giving
At first, this looks like an ‘in-house’ need, but our work among undergraduates aims to serve the Lord’s work all over the world as students trained here leave us, and serve elsewhere. Under God, over the years, a huge number of former students have been used by God to lead and serve local churches; others have gone to the mission field. We want to make use of the opportunity the Lord has given us to be a church that serves other churches, by sending gospel workers to the world.
Much of the work is financed by the Jesus Lane Trust, which is supported mainly by alumni. But from time to time the work also needs a top-up, and now is such a time. It would be a wonderful show of support and love for our student members (who are of course unwaged) if ‘regular’ StAG members were able to contribute to this.
2. World Mission Partners - 30% of Gift Day giving
As a church family we have the privilege of being able to support a number of mission partners around the world, who are seeking to make Christ known, often in demanding and challenging environments. Some of our partners are facing significant financial difficulties. Factors such as the decline in sterling and the need for pension provision are relevant here. Our World Mission Group would love to be able to give them more to enable them to continue their vital work.
3. GAFCON Missionary Bishop for Europe - up to £11,000
Just over a year ago, Andy Lines, formerly head of Crosslinks, was consecrated as a Missionary Bishop for Europe by bishops from the GAFCON movement. This movement, which StAG has been associated with since its inception ten years ago, seeks to unite Anglican Christians world-wide who are contending for the biblical gospel and biblical living within the world-wide Anglican communion. Andy’s new role will be to support UK Anglican churches which are outside current Church of England structures, including some English church plants, and congregations formerly in the Scottish Episcopal Church. We are glad to stand with Andy in this. See gafcon.org for more.
How to give
If you would like to make a gift for Gift Day you can do so by the following two ways:
1) By setting up an electronic transfer to the church account (account number: 00010307, sort code: 40-52-40). Please make sure to reference this gift with 'Gift Day 2018'.
2) By giving cash or by cheque (payable to St Andrew the Great Church) at a Sunday service when the collection is taken. Please make sure to attach a note to this gift to reference that it is for 'Gift Day 2018'.
In either case, if you pay tax in the UK, please make sure you have completed a Gift Aid Declaration. Do contact the church treasurer, Peter Robinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this.