OUR VISION FOR GIVING
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 each year in June we take up a ‘Common Purse’ offering 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.
GIVING ON SUNDAYS 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 or via online transfers. We present a budget each year outlining where the finances are going to be spent.
Our next Common Purse Offering will be collected at our Sunday morning services on 20 & 27 June 2021.
You can complete your offering at any time that suits you and you will be emailed a tax receipt for the current financial year.
Click here to go to our fundraising page for the Westcity Common Purse 2020 Campaign. It’s not too late to donate. You can donate anytime during 2020 (your tax receipt will be emailed to you for the current financial year by our governance partner Global Development Group).
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 giving or one-off donation & ‘CP’ if it is Common Purse giving.
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Account No. : 059 2834
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 weekly, monthly or at a frequency that you nominate over the next 12 months. Please complete the ‘Common Purse Giving Card’ and hand it in.
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
The Westcity Church ‘Common Purse’ is a common fund sourced from within the Westcity community, via an annual offering.
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 reconstruction and development for communities living in poverty or extreme need.
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 this year.
Here is a video from Danielle (Common Purse Local Chair).
If you require a tax receipt please donate online via our fundraising page and you will then be emailed a tax receipt from our governance partner Global Development Group, for the current financial year.
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, Brad Grey, Craig Dorrington and Jason Osborne.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
To access funds for global projects
Funding applications open in October each year and submissions are required by 15 January 2021.
We are looking to partner with people who have a direct relationship with Westcity and are working on small, grassroots type projects that our church community can support.
Selection criteria for funding for global projects:
- A focus on long term relationships.
- A desire to do no harm.
- A values-match between 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.