REGULAR GIVING AT WESTCITY
We take up an offering each week during our Sunday service and it usually happens quietly while we sing. 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 through the giving boxes situated at the back of the halls, into the offering bags passed around or via online transfers. 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.
Four Ways to Give
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.
Your giving will remain confidential but please put ‘offering’ if it’s general regular giving or a one-off donation to Westcity & ‘CP’ if it is an annual Common Purse giving.
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Should you decide 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.
Or fill in your credit card information on a giving card and place in the offering bag or giving boxes at church.
In an envelope, placed in the offering bag or giving boxes at church.
Pledge to Give
You can pledge to give to Westcity weekly, monthly or at a frequency that you nominate over the next 12 months. Please complete a ‘Giving Card’ and hand it in. You can find these cards on the chairs in the chapel.
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.
OUR VISION FOR GIVING: COMMOM PURSE Offering June 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, that then is redistributed to those in need, either locally or globally.
In the last 12 months, 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.
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.
Westcity Common Purse June 2022
The Westcity Church ‘Common Purse’ is a common fund sourced from within the Westcity community, via an annual offering, taken up over two weekends in June (June 19 and June 26, 2022).
These funds are 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).
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.
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 and Craig Dorrington.
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To access funds for global projects
Funding applications open in October each year and submissions are required by 15 January 2022. Successful applications will be notified by April for work starting July 1, 2022.
Selection criteria for funding for global projects:
- A focus on long term relationships.
- A desire to do no harm.
- A values-match between your project and those of Westcity.
- Good stewardship of resources.
- A focus on indigenous and local solutions.
- Existing Westcity relational connection with agencies/individuals.
- 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.