For ‘how’ to give, jump to the bottom of the page. For the ‘why’, just keep reading…...
At The Light Church we don’t take an offering every week, instead we believe that being generous and giving is so important that we should prioritise it and make it a regular practice rather than just emptying out whatever is left in our pockets.
Whilst we generally believe that tithing (giving 10% of your income to the church) is a great practice, we understand that not everyone interprets the scripture that way. What we do know is that Jesus said that He had not come to do away with the law, but to fulfill it (Matt 5:17). So when it comes to giving, we agree with the theologian John Ortberg who said “A tithe makes a great floor but a poor ceiling.”
We are called to be generous. When we are generous we reflect God’s character and his overwhelming love plus it’s good for us to give!
Giving helps us to recognise that everything we have comes from Him in the first place. As David says in 1 Chronicles 39:Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.
Giving towards God’s values and priorities ensures that our hearts belong to God – as Jesus said in Matthew 6 v19 ‘For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’
Giving also is the only way to ensure that we don’t fall into the honey trap of loving money. Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.Ecclesiastes 5:10-11
Pursuing wealth believing it will make us happy is an empty goal but it’s very alluring, it surrounds us everyday as it’s the world view we live in. Let’s not assume that we are immune. We need to take preventative action. So how do we ensure we don’t fall into the trap?
Paul says: Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share.1 Timothy 6:18
We are to be generous! We are to be willing to share. Sounds simple yes but life savingly effective. Why? Because when we give to God and to others we are in effect declaring in practical way that money doesn’t control us because we can give it away.
Give Monthly by Standing Order
The most convenient way to give is to set up a regular payment using these details:
The Light Church Bradford
Bank: Co-Op Bank
Sort Code 08-92-99
One Off Giving
You can do this by making a transfer to the same bank details above
Gift Aid it
If you are a UK tax payer, for every £1 you give, we can claim 25p back from HM Revenue & Customs.
You can find details of how to set this up and ask any questions you might have by e-mailing our finance department - firstname.lastname@example.org