Stewardship & Giving
Good Money Week and Giving Sunday
Good Money Week has been running since 2008 and this year it runs 8-14 October 2017 in the run up to our Diocesan Giving Sunday on the 15th October.
Sometimes it can be easy to forget that the way we spend our money can have a big affect on how others experience the world, and as Christians we should be looking for ways that we can honour and worship God in every purchase we make.
- Which companies fo you buy products from?
- Do they pay the Living Wage?
- Do they uphold labour rights?
- Do they create sustainable supply chains?
- Do they manipulate global capitalist markets to avoid paying tax?
When we buy groceries, clothes, technology, or any other product, do we consider our impact on the world?
- Do we know if the people making our goods have been treated fairly and paid an appropriate amount?
- Do we know what age those people are?
Slavery is a huge issue in the world today with over 45 million people trapped in some form of slavery worldwide. In the UK alone there are likely to be tens of thousands of people caught in slavery and these are people that we will come in to contact with in our daily lives.
Our Diocesan Giving Sunday also coincides with 'Freedom Sunday' organised by The Clewer Initiative. On their website you can find a wide range of fantastic resources that can help you explore slavery, including service plans, posters, liturgy, even signs for your toilet doors.
Rather than talking about money and church finances, why not give others the chance of freedom, through campaigning to end slavery?
In church, issues such as ethical purchasing or investment can often be pushed to the sidelines of our faith, however if you think about every time you've spent money this week, you'll quickly see how important it is.
- Could your church take a lead in standing up for people in your parish who are underpaid or exploited by their employer?
- Are there people who you have contact with who you suspect are trapped in slavery? What should you do?
- Do you purchase fairly traded produce?
- Do you invest in local businesses where you can find out the supply chain first hand?
If you want to know more about the Good Money Week or The Clewer Intiative click on the images to visit their websites, or watch the video below.
Giving in Grace
The Parish Support team have identified Giving in Grace as
the best resource available to support parishes that want materials to help them promote good Christian Stewardship and grow their finances. Giving for life - described below - which is referenced from Giving in Grace is also a very useful tool.
The Giving in Grace website includes a comprehensive set to resources for a full Stewarship campaign as well as resources specifically focussed for an annual review of giving.
The resources include:
- information sheets that present various principles
- outline sermons and liturgies
- tools to produce a simple financial review and budget
- templates for various pieces of literature
- a guided process for producing and running a full Stewardship Campaign.
To help you find your way around the website we are adding resources to the Diocesan website click the links to go to the guides: -
- Click here to go to our webpage with an Overview of Annual Review of Giving
- Click here to go to our webpage with an Overview of Giving in Grace
- To download a Microsoft word file with a more detailed overview of the whole website click here
Many people think that giving is to be encouraged just to pay our bills, including Common Fund.
Although it has a practical value, Giving is also a very spiritual matter as we give to thank God for all that he has given us. Our giving shows what we think of God.
The national Parish Resources website produced by the Church of England's National Stewardship & Resources tem includes resources to help parishes with all aspects of their finances. It includes a page with links to many other resources that can help to encourage giving and generosity in parishes. www.parishresources.org.uk/giving
Association of Church Accountants and Treasurers (ACAT)
The national ACAT website (www.acat.uk.com) support church treasurers of all denominations. It includes a members area which the Dioces of Sheffield subscribes to on behalf of all of our parishes. There is one group login and the details can be provided by the Diocese's finance team firstname.lastname@example.org 01709 309142.
Other Support for Parish Finance
You can access the Finance and Statistics pages of the Diocesan Website by clicking here where you will also find links to the Diocesan Finance Network