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Why we give
Why We Give
Giving is a principle that is taught throughout the entire Bible. Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are encouraged to return a faithful tithe (10% of their income) and to give regular offerings.
We don’t give because God needs our money, and we don’t give because the church needs our money. We give because God asked us to. God knows that your loyalty is found where your money is (Matthew 6:19-21) and because God wants to be first in our lives, he asks us to trust Him with our money.
When we give, we are expressing worship in a tangible way by putting God first in our lives.
What is Tithe?
Tithing is more than just giving. The word “tithe” literally means tenth or 10%. Tithing, or giving ten percent of your income, isn’t merely giving something to God. It’s giving back what was his to begin with. All that we have, or hope to have, comes from him. The Bible says that tithing is a reminder that God is the supplier of everything. It teaches us to always put God first in our lives. In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, contributions designated as tithe are pooled to support the gospel ministry of the world church.
What is Offering?
Because tithe is reserved for a special purpose, freewill offerings provide the funding for many other necessary functions including expenses of the local church. Your contribution to the local church budget is what covers the day-to-day expenses and all local ministry and outreach expenses.
How We Give
The collection of offering and tithe takes place during the main worship service. however, you do not need to be physically present at church to pay tithes and offerings.You can also now give securely online via the South England Conference website. You can make one time or recurring donations. Just select Emmanuel (West Kilburn) from the list of churches when asked.
Members who are tax payers are encouraged to participate in the Gift Aid programme in order to maximise the money given to the Church. For every £1 given by participating members, the government of the United Kingdom returns to the Church 25p. If you pay tax at the higher rate you can claim further tax relief in your Self-Assessment tax return.
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