Why we give
I am pleased to be helping to organise the Generous Giving month, from 5th May until 16th June. We want to celebrate all the giving that already supports Great St Mary’s, and also encourage people to review how they give in response to God’s generous love. We are grateful for giving in all its forms – from regular financial donations to the gifts of time and talents. As Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 6-8:
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
We are aiming to send letters to all the congregation with more details of the campaign, but if you’re worried you’ve not had yours, or have any more general questions, just email me (Sally Vernon) at firstname.lastname@example.org
How to give
We are happy for any donation in whatever way is most convenient for you (although if you wish to thank God for his generosity by gifting us anything unusual or perishable please speak to us first so we can best plan how to be good stewards of your gift!).
Regular donations can be set up to our HSBC account at
Great St Mary’s Parochial Church Council
Sort Code: 40-16-08
Account Number: 91813382
Cheques may be posted to: The Stewardship Recorder, Great St. Mary’s, The University Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ
A note from Adrian
Giving lies at the very heart of the Christian faith, because our faith is all about a celebration of what God has given to us, above all in the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ. I know that this is a church which gives. The care, the time, the effort, the weekly giving of talents, and gifts, and, above all, worship, that characterises a church as a living community. You give, because it’s in your nature to do so.
In the Gospel of Luke, there is a story about a Father who had two sons, one of whom squandered the inheritance he had demanded from his father. This son not only blows all the money on wine, women and song, he ends up as a pig-feeder: not exactly a kosher occupation for a young Jewish boy.
He comes to his senses and returns to his Father. What does dad do? Go completely over the top in joy and thanksgiving that his son, who has treated him shamefully, has come home. Dad even runs to greet his son – extraordinary behaviour for a senior figure in a Jewish community.
Here we have a story about the generosity of God – a God who ignores social conventions and breaks through taboos in order to express his love lavishly and prodigiously on his children. One writer says that this parable should be called the Prodigal Father, and if we look carefully at the story, it’s all too clear what that implies. If God showers his love so generously on us, should not we give some of that love back in return?
After the warm weather we’ve had recently you’ll think I’m potty to be referring to Christmas carols, but I find that I’m humming In the bleak midwinter! Why? Because of the ending. “What can I give him? Give my heart.” But that’s what God wants of us. Our heart, that is, our whole being; offered to him, unconditionally, just as his love is offered to us, unconditionally. At Great St Mary’s week after week, day after day, we celebrate the God who met us in his Son and brought us home. As we remember how wonderfully we have received, let us pray for the grace to give.
Download your Generous Giving Pack
Download a copy of Generous Giving — or stop by Great St Mary’s to pick up a hard copy. Here you’ll find so many helpful forms and information, from Gift Aid to “Time and Talent” volunteering opportunities. Thank you for your generosity!Generous Giving