REGULAR GIVING AT WESTCITY 

We agree that the Bible teaches us to give to the poor, to share with each other for all we need as a church community and to support those whose work is teaching and training within the church. So the people at Westcity give either via the Tithe.ly App on their mobiles, or Tithe.ly via any of their computer devices, or by online transfers. They also make donations into the giving boxes situated at the back of the church halls or into the offering bags passed around. Many of our community members set up regular online giving, via recurring weekly or monthly bank transfers. The amount we give may differ, but we come together and contribute what we can. We present a budget each year outlining where the finances are going to be spent and report regularly on this via our Town Hall meetings. You can listen HERE to Phil’s audio on ‘Why Give’.

Ways to Give to Westcity 

Firstly, we would like to thank you in advance for your generosity. As we are reminded about ‘THE GO’ of Christ, your grace of giving will enable us to continue blessing the community here at Westcity and beyond.

 

Mobile App or Desktop
Download the Tith.ley App, create an account & give via your mobile. Scan this QR code with your mobile phone camera. It will direct you to our Westcity Church tithe.ly giving portal.
Or give via this Tithe.ly link HERE and selecting Westcity Church. Set up recurring giving or make a one off donation.
Bank Transfer
Please put ‘offering’ if it’s general regular giving or a one-off donation to Westcity.
WESTCITY CHURCH
BSB : 306 050
Account No. : 059 2834
Credit Card  
​To give via Credit Card click on the button below. You will be redirected to a secure site where you can safely enter your card information.
Give via Credit Card
Cash
Place cash in the offering bags passed around during the Sunday service. Or pop your donation in the silver giving boxes at church, at the back of the chapel or by the coffee machines, in the café hall.
Giving Cards
On the pews in the chapel, you will also find giving cards which you can take home or scan with your mobile phone camera during the service.

OUR VISION FOR GIVING: COMMOM PURSE OFFERING 2022

We have a vision for our finances and it is “That no one is in need.” This idea is taken from the book of Acts where the first Jesus community shared what they had as a radical act of self-giving love and as a sign that God’s new creation had begun in them and they wanted to be a witness to it.
So once a year in June, we take up a ‘Common Purse’ offering over two weekends (June 19 & 26, 2022), that then is redistributed to those in need, either locally or globally.
​We have supported immediate local needs such as repaying a debt of a woman escaping trauma in East Africa. Globally, we have supported women’s self-help groups in Rwanda and community projects in Cambodia.
We have taken up ‘our’ mandate to show Christ through big and small acts of generosity that can help transform lives and provide hope that the future ahead is far better than what people leave behind. We can show that even in the midst of hardship, people care and more importantly, God cares.
Click HERE for more on our 2022 Common Purse; stories, partner reports, photos and videos and to GIVE to the COMMON PURSE 2022.

Our annual Common Purse Offering will be collected at our Sunday morning services on 19 & 26 June 2022.


You can make your tax deductible donation HERE for the Westcity Common Purse 2022 offering. You can donate anytime (your tax receipt will be emailed to you for the current financial year by our governance partner Global Development Group). Please donate by June 26, 2022, to receive a tax receipt for this current financial year.

Common Purse Funding

The ‘Common Purse’ that is sourced from within the Westcity community, is redistributed in two ways:
1. Locally – to support those within the Westcity community, and their neighbours, who are in a financial crisis. We provide urgent and temporary provision of emergency aid to reduce immediate suffering from crisis.
2. Globally – Financial and prayer support is provided to projects that Kingdom build through practical, capacity building ways. We primarily focus on long-term relationships with development organisations providing ways out of poverty by creatively responding to the needs they identify themselves.
Here is a video of Phil giving an overview of the Common Purse and its history and vision.
Here is a video from Kirrliy (Common Purse Global Chair) on the capacity building global projects we are supporting.
Here is a video from Danielle (Common Purse Local Chair).

To access funds for global projects

Funding applications open in October each year and submissions are required by 15 January the following year.  Successful applications will be notified by April for work starting July 1, 2022.
Selection criteria for funding for global projects:
  1. A focus on long term relationships.
  2. A desire to do no harm.
  3. A values-match between your project and those of Westcity.
  4. Good stewardship of resources.
  5. A focus on indigenous and local solutions.
  6. Existing Westcity relational connection with agencies/individuals.
  7. Clarity as to how this project will engage the Church? We are looking for projects that we can connect with.
There is a funding proposal proforma which guides applicants through the responses to these criteria and follows a community development structure. Essentially, we want to build long term relationships providing reconstruction and development where God grows and shapes us as a community as we help others.
To have an initial discussion regarding the suitability of your organisation/project with the conditions of our fund please chat with our committee chairperson, Kirrily Kilbane or contact westcitychurch@gmail.com

 How to access local purse funds

If you or someone you know locally are in need, please speak with one of our Local Purse team members and they will guide you through the process. Our Local Purse team members are Danielle Lobo, Penny Webb, Nina Bergmann, Ky Sinclair and Craig Dorrington. ​Or you can email westcitychurch@gmail.com

Common Purse 2021 – Thank you

We want to thank everyone who contributed to our Common Purse offering in June, 2021.  The total was a staggering $92, 818! Wow – this is just beautiful and crazy and an awesome reflection of  a united, generous people with a desire to outpour the love of Jesus to others, at home and abroad.
THANKS SO MUCH!! We look forward to keeping you updated regarding the exciting ways these funds will GO.

WHY WE GIVE

When we look at scripture and church history, we see a strong emphasis on the church practically looking after one another in the most difficult times of life.
We see in the book of Acts the disciples sharing their resources that were then redistributed to those in need (Acts 4:35).
We see Paul instructing Timothy to teach the church to share what they had, “to trust in riches but to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share” (2 Timothy 6:18).
The idea seems to be that God’s grace produces thankfulness and thankfulness gives gladly (2 Corinthians 8:7-9), and that our abundance is to be used to help others who are in need (2 Corinthians 8:14).
We also know sharing our resources is really an obvious extension of loving one another (1 John 3:16-17, John 13:34).
Loving and showing respect and dignity to people in our space. Our story.