Why should I give?

As fellow members of St. George’s Church, we are partners together in the work of the gospel. Our ministries and our outreach programmes are entirely funded by freewill offerings. An important practical aspect of our partnership involves us all in sharing our financial resources and/or our time in support of God’s work.

Giving and stewardship covers more than money. It includes time and how we use the skills and talents that God has given us.

  •     Why do we give?
  •     How should we give?
  •     Planning our giving prayerfully
  •     Donating our time
  •     Corporate stewardship
  •     Investing in mission and ministry
  •     Planned giving

We can identify a number of principles in the Bible which help us to see our responsibility and opportunity from God’s perspective

We give because God gave so freely to us – God, being rich in mercy, gave His only Son for us. We can never repay Him, but in gratitude we can give sacrificially and generously.

All that we have comes from God – As God’s people, we are responsible for supporting His work with the resources He has entrusted to us. This work includes all the various ministries of the church to which we belong.

The church to which we belong has a claim on our support – Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor” Galatians 6:6; “…those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:14)

Generous giving brings its own rewards – Those who receive the gift will be grateful to God; God supplies the resources to enable His people to go on giving; and others are encouraged when they see the fruits of generosity (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Giving to God’s work is an investment that yields eternal dividends – We share in the joy of knowing that our gifts supply the resources needed to reach people with the gospel, to nurture them in their faith, and build up God’s people to maturity.

How do I give?

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Planned Giving

There are three ways you can participate in planned giving:

1. Standing instructions with your respective bank

This method minimises the administration and administrative expenses for the Church. It is also the most confidential way to give.

  • Account Name: St George’s Church
  • Bank name: Standard Chartered
  • Bank code: 9496
  • Branch code: 003
  • Account number: 03-083-0457-8

For the Planned Giving Form download here.

2. Mobile banking app

Donations can be made by logging in to your mobile banking app, scanning the QR code or entering the church’s UEN number: T08CC4075KSGC

3. Monthly envelopes to put in the offering bag

If you want to use this method, we will send you a set of envelopes.  Alternatively, direct debit would be more efficient.

For more information, please contact the church office.

In ancient Israel, one tenth of the increase of the land, trees, herds and flocks was directed to be given to the Lord as His “tithe”. This was fundamental – the people were urged to consider freewill offerings over and above this.

For Christians under the New Covenant, there is no hard-and-fast rule. However, in the light of the general principles set out above, the New Testament provides guidelines and examples to help us see God’s perspective.

Donating Your Time

It is important also to consider how we can give our time and talents. Make a conscious commitment to invest time and energy in personal growth and Christian service. We do this as we meet together regularly at church, take part with others in a small group, and participate in church programmes that help us grow spiritually.

Consider taking up opportunities to build up others within our church community in their faith; e.g. by teaching Sunday School or youth, joining a men’s or women’s ministries, and/or volunteering to help in one of the other ministries such as our weekly Mums & Tots ministry or our Sunday music teams or welcomer/usher roster.

Make a commitment to support the missions, by our prayer and personal involvement, as well as our financial giving.

Give prayerfully

Thoughtfully and prayerfully identify missions and ministries that you have the opportunity to support financially, alongside the ministry of our church. Prayerfully decide how much you will commit to giving, to the church and to these other ministries.

You might decide to give a fixed percentage of your income … this can become a pattern for the future, automatically adjusting the amount of your giving with changes in your circumstances. Families with older children might consider including them in the decision-making process. Christian parents will want to model a godly attitude to money and giving. The amount of our giving is a matter between each of us and God. It’s true that the privilege of giving most belongs to those who have the most to give … but the principle is clear: we are to give from what God has given us. The size of our contribution is not the issue: what matters is our commitment!

Give freely

In his letter to the Corinthian believers, Paul makes the following point:

“Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

Give generously

The Apostle Paul commends the Macedonian churches because, out of their deep poverty, they showed great generosity in their giving for the support of fellow Christians (2 Corinthians 8:1-5). Paul then encourages the members of the Corinthian church in their giving, in these terms:

Whoever sows generously will also reap generously” 2 Corinthians 9:6

Our primary motivation, however, surely comes from the generosity of God Himself!

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor,so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

Give intentionally

We should be intentional about our giving, rather than haphazard.

“On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.” 1 Corinthians 16:2

Supporting Missions

St. George’s Church is committed to spreading the good news of Jesus by supporting mission in Singapore and in South East Asia. We give 20 percent of our income to some mission agencies because we are partners with them in the work of our God.

Due to changes in the Singapore Charities Commission, Singapore Anglican Churches can no longer send money on behalf of individual Church Members or church groups who donate to specific Mission Partners. Church Members or groups will need to donate directly to the individual organisations.

Mission Partners include:

Mission to Seafarers

DTC (Discipleship Training Centre)

Christian Outreach to the Handicapped

The Deanery of Laos

The Deanery of Cambodia

OMF (Overseas Missionary Fellowship)

Prison Fellowship Singapore