Sunday 21st November 2021
St Ebbe’s has Gift Days twice each year. These serve to give us times to reflect upon God’s goodness and to pray how we share in providing for the needs of St Ebbe’s Church, so that we may continue to declare the Gospel, build up God’s people and send them out to serve Him in Oxford, the UK and around the world.
Our Gift Day target is:
£25,000 in one-off gifts and
£15,000 in new regular giving.
Please remember that giving is a work of and for the Lord. We offer ourselves first to the Lord and then how we might use our money to serve Him.
This means everyone can to join in Gift Day. The size of our gift does not matter because we all share together in the work of the Lord. He is able to provide not only for our needs but also the needs of the work of St Ebbe’s.
We invite each member of St Ebbe’s to give thankful prayerful consideration of Gift Day and respond with joy, faithfulness, and generosity.
Summary of St Ebbe’s finances
Some of us are able to set aside money on a regular basis. However, others give as the Lord provides – this is a blessing from God. This is particularly true for the many in our congregation who are in Oxford for a just short time and Gift Days are an important opportunity for these church members to join in supporting the work of St Ebbe’s.
The Gift Day target
In 2020 despite the pandemic and against all expectations, our Heavenly Father inspired His people to give so generously that more was received than was spent in the year. Because of these unexpected reserves, the Gift Day target in May this year was smaller than budgeted and the target for this Gift Day is once again smaller than in the annual budget. The church is wiser to rely upon the Lord rather than accumulated savings.
The target for Gift Day is in two parts: regular and one-off Gifts. These targets serve two different church needs.
There is always a target for regular giving because, every year members of the congregation leave Oxford, to serve God elsewhere in the UK and across the world. At the same time, new believers join St Ebbe’s. We note a dip in regular giving every summer. The target for regular giving is present particularly to encourage new members of the congregation to share in the work of the church.
One-off gifts at this time, allow St Ebbe’s to meet the financial needs of 2020, but this target also recognises that some of us are not able to give regularly and it is right that we all have an opportunity to share in the work of Lord in the practical way.
we have noted that targets set for Gift Day have been exceeded during these 18 months. The Lord is so generous! We do not know how the Lord will inspire His servants at this time, but we are keen to pay off a £35,000 loan on the Vane’s housing as they serve the congregation of Grace Church Cowley. Any surplus will be used for this purpose.
Previous generations of St Ebbe’s have provided a Hardship fund to reduce hardship in the Parish and congregation. The fund exists to glorify God by helping those in need. If you wish to discuss your needs please contact a Congregation Leader.
We invite each member of St Ebbe’s to give thankfully and prayerfully to the Gift Day
How to respond
If you wish to contribute towards the Gift Day, there are a number of ways in which you can send a gift, but in all cases, it is a great help if you would inform the St Ebbe’s Finance Administrator of your decision. Details of how to give can be found below. Please complete form below and press the submit button.
If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid is a means by which the value of your gift can increase by 25% without any additional cost to you. If you are eligible, please tick the appropriate box in the form.
Your response will be confidential and known only to the finance administrator.
Please make cheques/charity vouchers payable to “PCC of St Ebbe’s Church” and send to:
Financial Administrator (Private & Confidential),
St Ebbe’s Church
2 Roger Bacon Lane