Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things… Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” Prayer of King David in I Chronicles 29:12-14
How can you share your financial resources through Christ Church?
Weekly Offerings. At the end of each service a collection is taken – you may give in cash or by cheque (in UAE Dirhams only, please, payable to “Chaplaincy of Dubai and Sharjah”).
Standing Orders. Your bank will have a Standing Order form that you can use to set up regular payments from your account to Christ Church in the amount and interval you decide. The bank account details to use are:
Account name: Chaplaincy of Dubai & Sharjah
Account number: 020-042933-001
Bank: HSBC Dubai
Bank address: PO Box 66, Dubai, UAE
Swift Code: BBMEAEAD
Please include the reference “CCJA Offertory” on the form – just to help our accountant!
Gifts in Kind. If you have other forms of donation or gifts you’d like to make (e.g. property, legacy, stocks, etc.) please contact the Chaplain or Church Administrator either in person or using the online contact form.
If you need a receipt for your offering, you will need to come to the Church Office and hand it to one of our administration team.
“I’ve always found it easier when we make our giving a high priority, and proportional to our income and we have always planned our giving this way. I just love having that ability to help my church and those far away with our monthly giving and it complements our desire to help people closer to home more directly when we can. I think, when it comes to giving, the main thing is, do you want to do it? If you give ‘because you’re supposed’ to, that’s a bit sad I think – though when money is short it does come to that sometimes. I have found though that when our income has been very low, it’s been uplifting to give to somewhere or someone else after each payday. In some places people take great joy in ostentatious displays of giving, competing with each other at fundraisers to be the biggest supporter, and it can be great fun to be part of that, but mostly we give quietly, behind the scenes as it were. I love it 😀 “
What the Bible says about being “good stewards”…
Jesus talked more about money, wealth and possessions during his 3-year ministry than any other single topic.
Over 2,300 Bible verses and more than a third of all the parables Jesus told relate to money. In these passages and parables it’s clear that Jesus has given His people the job of being “good stewards” – we are managers of all that God has entrusted to us until Jesus returns: our gifts, skills, times, intellect, relationships, experience, possessions and money.
Opportunities to share your time and talents can be found on the “Get Involved!” page.
In the meantime here are some key principles from the Bible that can help all of us be “good stewards” of all that God has given us:
- Giving is to be the first priority – the first thing we do with our income. Deuteronomy 26.2-3, 1 Corinthians 16:2
- Giving is to be proportionate to our income. But sacrificial giving is commended. 1 Cor 16:2; 2 Cor 8.11-13; Acts 2.42-47; Luke 21:1-4
- Generous sharing of resources is necessary to meet the needs of the local Body of Christ as well as those far away. Acts 2.42-47; II Corinthians 8
- Enthusiasm and compassion when hearing of the needs of others is good. But there’s no substitute for actually meeting their needs. II Corinthians 9:2-5
- Giving is an act of Grace – it is as important in our spiritual life as our words, knowledge, sincerity and love. 2 Corinthians 8:7
- Giving is not to be based on wealth, but on willingness. Luke 21:1-4; II Corinthians 8:2-15
- Giving is to be done secretly (so that God gets the credit, not you). Matthew 6:1-4
- Give cheerfully and eagerly, knowing that God will make sure you have everything you need. It will even motivate those who receive your gift to pray for you! II Corinthians 9:6-1