Yesterday I wrote about our "Giving to Grow" Gift Days, where we want to raise £310,000 to allow us to continue to grow, both in Bracknell and from September at our new Sandhurst site.
£310,000 can sound like such a huge amount of money that we might be tempted to feel that anything we could give would be so small that it just isn't worth getting involved. But I want to say very strongly that just isn't true. This is the way I've been looking at it:
There are 7 gift days to our final one in September. That means we'd need to raise about £45,000 at each of those gift days if we want to get our target.
On any given Sunday there are around 1,000 people who come to Kerith. That means that if each of those people gave just £50 we'd easily break the £45,000 target. I don't know about you but £50 seems a lot more achievable to me than £310,000.
Now some people there on a Sunday are going to struggle to give £50. Our under 11's, people working with CAP and Foodbank, some of our pensioners. But there are others who can afford to give far more than £50. Some who can give £100, £500 or even more. We've already had a single gift of £10,000.
So here's the challenge. Work out what giving £50 each would mean for you or your family. (For the Benhams with Zak away at Uni we're looking at £50 x 4, or £200). Then starting with that figure work out what you're going to give. If you can give that amount that's fantastic. If you can give more, then brilliant - that will allow you to help cover for some of those who can give less. And if what you decide to give is a smaller amount then that's brilliant too. Then having worked that out, ask God if he wants you to give more, moving from what you can afford to what will start to stretch you.
Paul puts it this way when writing about to the church in Corinth:
For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means.. (2 Corinthians 8:3 ESV)
ps One final thought. Although there are around 1,000 people in Kerith on a Sunday, we reckon that over a month there are something like 1,600 - 1,700 different people who to come to Kerith and call our church home. If you're one of those 600-700 who are part of us but won't be there on Sunday, then next time you're in church just put your gift in one of the offerings envelopes and put it in the regular offering with "gift day" written on the envelope.