As followers of Jesus, we have loads of reasons to give generously to our local church community.
If you are a regular member of All Souls Church, or wish to support our mission and ministry to the community of St Albans/Merivale and overseas, please use the information on this page to give.
Direct Deposit/Automatic Payment
You can set up a regular payment with your own bank using the details below. One-off donations can also be made this way. Please pay into the following account:
Account name: Parish of Merivale St Albans
Bank Account number: 03-1707-0080686-00
Please mark your payment 'Giving' and reference your name to enable us to send you a tax receipt for the 33% IRD annual refund.
Sunday Offering Envelopes
For Offering Envelopes, please contact the Parish Office directly to register and receive your envelope.
Leaving a bequest in your will is another option of giving financially to the mission and ministry of the church. This is generally done through your regular law firm at no cost. For more information, please contact our Wardens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Money - it’s a massive part of our lives, but we don’t enjoy talking about it! This page explains a bit more about the role of money in our life together as a community - and especially about how tithing and giving money to our community is a really important thing to do.
Why do we give?
If you’ve been around church for any length of time, you will know that giving to the church is something Christians ‘should’ do. But why? What should be our motivation for giving? Here are a few reasons why it's a really good idea to contribute financially to the local church community we are part of:
You get what you pay for!
Doesn’t sound that ‘spiritual’ does it? But it is realistic! Things cost money! We enjoy coffee - we pay for it. We enjoy watching a movie - we pay for it. If we enjoy being part of a Christian community like All Souls - we have to pay for it. We have a great Church/Hall Complex being built which is the result of the generosity and stewardship of generations of Christians before us - and now we are responsible for using it, maintaining it, heating it etc. We also enjoy having a full-time minister, other staff and volunteers to lead and guide our community. Giving because we get something back is a good motivation for giving. But it’s not the only one...
The Bible teaches us to give.
Secondly, as Christians, we are committed to living life the way God teaches us to - through the Bible. The Bible is clear, in both the Old and New Testaments, that giving financially to support God’s mission and ministry in the local church is something God’s people do. The Old Testament teaches God’s people to give a tithe (the word means a tenth) of their income to the temple and the priests (Lev 27:30 Nu 18:21-29, Dt 14:22-29). The New Testament builds on this further, encouraging God’s people to give generously (2 Cor 8-9), using examples of the widow who put all her money in the temple offering (Lk 21:1-4) and the boy who gave all his food to Jesus (Jn 6:1-15).
God has blessed us
A third significant motivation for giving is as a way of saying thank you to God for all the brilliant things and relationships he has given to us. King David prayed after the temple was completed (1 Chr 29:10-16):
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
As we think of all the ways Jesus has blessed us and redeemed us - as individuals, as families, and as God’s missionary people here at All Souls, giving generously of our money is an important way to say ‘Thank you Jesus.’
God has given us vision
We give generously because of love. When we love someone, we give out of grace and lavish generosity. We have no problem showing love to our friends and our family by giving to them and blessing them. We enjoy it.
As Christians, as God’s missionary people, we love Jesus more than anything else in the world. We love because he first loved us, and literally gave his whole life up - for us. Love is expensive - it cost Jesus everything. But it’s love!
Think of those people Jesus met, and loved, and transformed, who in return gave away their wealth in huge ways, like the prostitute who poured very expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet (Luke 7:36-50); Zacchaeus the tax-collector who gave people four-times the money he owed them (Luke 19:1-10).
As followers of Jesus, we choose to love Jesus with everything we’ve got.... including our finances.