Our Heavenly Father is a good & generous Father, and our generosity both reflects and magnifies His glorious nature. Our generosity in financial giving is therefore an important aspect of worship.
At CCBS we love to display our thankfulness and our passionate devotion to God through tithes and offerings given in faith out of the blessings that God has placed in our hands.
Those who call Community Church Bishops Stortford their "home" church regularly give a tithe to the Lord. The word "tithe" means "tenth" and it is a way of honoring God with the first 10% of our income. Tithing is one very practical expression of Christ’s Lordship in our lives and is one of the Lord's tools for ushering us into a generous lifestyle. We also give offerings in addition to the tithe.
Scripture directs that the tithe is to be given to “the temple”. In today’s terms this means that the tithe is God’s provision to cover all of the expenses of the ministry which flows from the local church. At CCBS all staff salaries, ministry expenses, and expenses associated with the day-to-day running of the church building are paid for from the faithfully given tithes of church members.
In addition to the tithe we give offerings to the Lord as we are each individually prompted to do. Offerings are given above the tithe and represent what the Bible calls ‘free-will offerings’. These special gifts can be of any size and will be directed amongst ministries as the church leadership deems necessary.
On the first Sunday of each month we will publicly take up an offering specifically for the alleviation of poverty in its various forms. As far as possible the recipients of these offerings will be charities or individuals with whom we have an established relationship and whom we trust to steward and distribute the finances appropriately.
Giving your tithes and offerings by Standing Order may be of assistance to you. It also helps us to be able to more accurately forecast income for budget planning purposes.
If you want to set up a standing order click here to download the giving form
If you are a UK tax payer then we would encourage you to further increase the value of your tithe or offering by allowing the tax to be reclaimed through a Gift Aid declaration.
Download our Gift Aid form here
Contact the church office if you need more information.