How do you define ‘generosity? We probably all recognise words and actions that are generous; but what makes them so? How do we decide if someone is being generous to us?

Generosity can be a mark of an individual, a household, a community, a church. It can shape so may aspects of our lives and our Christian life and practice. It can be expressed through the ways in which we each pursue our calling and vocation; set our priorities; use our time; spend or save our money; treat people; care for the planet; pursue or make relationships – and more besides!

The parish has designated May and June of this year as ‘A Season of Generosity.’ In our regular worship, in our own prayer and reflection, in our study and thinking, we will be reminding ourselves of the generosity of God. We will then explore how we respond to God’s generosity with the offering of ourselves – our time, our skills, our money.

All the material in this section of the website is also available in hard copy from one of St Mary’s or St Laurence. If you have difficulty obtaining this, please contact the Parish Office.

But do read on here….and discover more about a generous God and the call to his followers to be generous!

A look at our Parish Finances….

In the life of our parish there has been much to give thanks for; we have experienced the generosity of God to his people and seen the generous response that the people of God have made year by year.

Our current position is challenging.

The leaflet in the link below outlines our current financial position in figures and in pie charts:

Parish Finances

 

What is ‘the Parish Share’?

The Parish Share enables the Diocese to fund:

  • Clergy stipends (salary equivalent), National Insurance and Pensions
  • Clergy housing
  • Training for current and future clergy and lay people
  • Support services for parishes such as safeguarding, buildings advice, mission support and much more.

The leaflet in the link below gives more information about The Parish Share:

Parish Share

Can You Help?

We love having you as part of our church family in Goring by Sea. Running our parish is a real team effort and we wonder whether you may have a skill and/or a little time you would be willing to share to help to make our churches and our parish thrive. You may not know about the opportunities available to you to deepen your relationship with us, and of course with God. Joining in can be fun, helps people feel connected and really benefits your community. Overleaf are some examples of areas where we really need a little more help. Regular, ad hoc, and occasional help are all really useful.

Please consider carefully what you could offer, print out, complete the questionnaire in the link below and return it by the end of June either to the Parish Office or bring it with you to one of our services. Thank you.

Can You Help questionnaire

 

 

 

 

Encountering a Generous God:

five studies for the parish of Goring-by-Sea

Introducing “Generosity”…

How do you define ‘generosity’? Or measure it? You may like to pause and give that a moment’s thought before reading on! We probably all recognise actions or words that are ‘generous’ – but what makes them so/ How do we decide if someone is generous to us?

Generosity can be a mark of an individual, a household, a community, a parish. It can shape so many aspects of our lives of Christian discipleship. It can be expressed through the ways in which we each pursue our vocation and calling; set our priorities; use our time; spend or save our money; treat people; care for the planet; pursue or make relationships – and more besides!

These five studies begin with an invitation to look at what it means to know and relate to a generous God. They go on to look at what it means for us to respond to the generosity of God in different areas of our lives.

I would dare to suggest that we will struggle to think or act or give generously if we have not grasped, experienced, or understood something of God’s generosity to us. We may still after these studies, find it hard to describe or measure generosity but hopefully we will have glimpsed and experienced the generosity of God. When we do that, it will have a profound effect on our lives and the life of our parish as we respond in the giving of our selves, our time, and our money.

Chris Skilton

Please use the links below to access the study materials:

Bible Study 1

Bible Study 2

Bible Study 3

Bible Study 4

Bible Study 5