Why We Give
When it comes to giving, we at LifeChurch believe that we should give more than just money. Our time, our commitment and our energy are vital resources we give to support the church to help people in need. But money is a significant means to maintain and improve what we do as a church and to positively effect the lives of others.
Our primary reason for giving financially to the church is because it is a way that together we can unite to show God’s love to others. As a local church supports one another and addresses the needs in its local community, our money resources things that become practical expressions of love. We give because God loves us and we want to demonstrate that love to others.
We also give financially because the Bible teaches that it is often necessary for us to discipline the use of our money in a way that helps us to develop a deeper sense of compassion. The affection of our hearts will follow the things we give to and we will grow to love the things we sow into with our money. Where we choose to place our “treasure”, there our heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). If you discipline some of your money to help the poor, with the right engagement, you will in turn deepen your concern for others and your willingness to help people in need. We can lead our hearts to become generous through decisions to give; we do not need to wait to feel generous before we give.
Finally, we give financially because we appreciate the role our church plays in supporting each other. By giving money to the church, we can combine some of our resources in a way that will enable us to run activities for our children, to offer refreshments when we gather together, to salary people to lead in our development, and to hire buildings to have places to meet.
In order for us as a church to do all of this with maximum impact, we choose to use 50% of our total income to go towards helping projects, charities, organisations, and our own initiatives, that are focussed on reaching out to people beyond our church community. The remaining 50% is used to develop the work of the church inwardly. But 100% of the money we receive is used to bring glory to God and is managed with transparency and accountability. If you would like to know how to give to LifeChurch, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
We love our town. So it is a joy for us to support projects that provide support to those in need around us, and to play our part in helping to keep our communities safe and prosperous.
First, we give to support the work of Warrington Street Pastors (WSP). This is not our organisation but we help fund and to staff the WSP for the amazing work they do to help the potentially vulnerable on a night out in Warrington town centre. The street pastors help collapsed people until a medical help arrives, they call for taxis, they provide flip-flops to get home, they walk with those who have gotten isolated from their group, and they offer a listening ear for anyone who is down and needs to talk. This role is highly valued by police, door staff, and those who have benefited from their presence on the streets of Warrington late at night. For more information, visit https://streetpastors.org/locations/warrington/
We also help support the work of the Eden project. The Westy area of Warrington, which is on the border of Latchford, was identified in a government study as being among the 5% most deprived areas in our nation. Those who are on the Eden team have chosen Westy and other similar areas outside Warrington to move in and live in the community to help it regain its strength and the dignity of people who live there but are struggling. For more information, visit https://www.message.org.uk/category/eden/
The Community Meal and River Café are also ways that we help support the Westy area of Warrington. Running out of the West community centre on Monday evenings (Community Meal) and on Thursday mornings (River Cafe), in conjunction with the Eden project we provide a safe place for people to come and to be refreshed. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/latchfordmeal/ and https://www.facebook.com/riverccafe/
We also run Food Banks to help supplement those struggling financially or in short term need. Similarly, we run a project called Early Essentials that provides a basic hamper of supplies for brand new mums who would otherwise leave hospital with no resources. This has been particularly of benefit to refugee families and vulnerable women escaping violence.
CAP (Christians Against Poverty) is an amazing organisation that offers debt counselling and debt consolidation to those who have problems with debt. This national award winning organisation (recommended by Martin Lewis and the Money Saving Expert team https://capuk.org/connect/keep-up-to-date/press/cap-in-the-news/the-itv-martin-lewis-money-show) is very highly rated as a means to not only get out of debt but be emotionally and practically supported as you do – which they do in some remarkable ways! As part of this, we have our own CAP manager, Pete Clarke, who meets with people all across Warrington to offer vital help. Visit https://capuk.org for more details. As an extension of this, we also run a CAP Money Course, which helps with better budgeting, to keep people from ever getting into debt or going back into debt https://capuk.org/i-want-help/courses/cap-money-course/introduction.
Finally, we support the work of Warrington Youth For Christ (YFC), which is a Christian organisation that supports the Spiritual and emotional wellbeing of youth in our town (and beyond), by connecting with them in schools and on the streets to offer support, guidance, and the positive and powerful Christian message. See http://wyfc.uk for more details
Soon we will launch a project that supports the homeless in our town called The Olive Tree. More details to be released soon!
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: here am I.” (Isaiah 58:6-9)
First, we give to the work of Breadline, which helps by relieving poverty and educating people, particularly for orphans and families with sick or disabled children in The Republic of Moldova, the poorest country in Europe. Mike Kirkwood, Founder of Breadline, said, “Our aim is to stand alongside the poor as friends and help them through a life-giving process of transformation.” For more information, see http://www.breadlinemoldova.org
Living Waters is a ministry led by Carolyn Philpot and was established in 1998 to bring the Christian message and demonstrate God’s love to vulnerable people in Mwanza, Tanzania. The Living Waters village is based on a hilltop in Ilemela, Mwanza, overlooking Lake Victoria and the Tanzanian plains. The Living Waters education centre enables 400 children to receive an outstanding Christian education and care for homeless children. Presently they have 14 orphans living in their 2 houses. Life Church also support John and Dawn Cottey who have been church planting in Mwanza since 2011. They have a vision to establish a vibrant local church in the heart of the City. Visit http://www.livingwaterstanzania.com for more information.
We also give to the work of Mayak. The Mayak Foundation operates in the UK and Russia, working to educate people in both countries about modern day slave trade and to build active communities passionate in the fight against it. Both directly and through committed support to carefully selected local Russian partners, they (1) rescue victims of human trafficking, especially sex trafficking, and help to connect them to shelters, medical and psychological support and rehabilitation (2) empower and train those at highest risk of being trafficked (3) fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases among victims of trafficking and exploitation. We are privileged to be able to support the Mayak foundation financially as a church, as well as showcasing their work biannually. We also receive quarterly updates from the Mayak Foundation newsletter showing how their work is directly impacting lives in Russia.
Based in Manchester, UK, Hope for Justice works to rescue and assist victims of modern-day slavery, support the prosecution of traffickers and campaign to protect victims. Hope for Justice also has a worldwide mission in the U.S. and Cambodia working to bring an end to sex trafficking & exploitation through education, empowerment, and quality restorative care.We support Hope for Justice in 3 key ways (1) Prayer – For Hope for Justice as an organisation for protection and provision, for victims to gain their freedom, and for traffickers that their hearts might be broken by the things they do and they may seek forgiveness from God (2) Educate – Keeping the issue of human trafficking and social justice in the spotlight in the local church. Sharing the problems of human trafficking and the ways we can fight it, both globally and in our communities to provoke thought and action (3) Fundraise – We have several fundraising events throughout the year to raise money for Hope for Justice, including carol singing, mountain climbing, and a dedicated meeting once a year for Anti-Human trafficking day.
House of Prayer
We believe that the social and economic welfare of our town is not only improved by direct action but also by prayer. As we pray for our town, we are inviting God to lead us to be more effective in helping a town He loves. Through prayer we are partnering with God and asking for His help and power to intervene in the situations our town faces. The Warrington House of Prayer has been established only a few years but it is also having a profound effect on the spiritual health of Warrington. It is a privilege to support the Warrington House of Prayer so they can continue to provide a place to pray for all Christian denominations and all churches in the area.
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Giving financially to the church should be done from the heart, not under pressure, but cheerfully.
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure.
“For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
We do not take an offering on a Sunday but encourage people to be generous in their financial giving to the church either by placing offerings in the box provided on a Sunday or by giving regularly through the bank via Standing Order. You can download a standing order mandate here or collect one from the information point on a Sunday.
Alternatively you can use the bank details below to set up a regular payment through your bank account.
If you are a UK tax payer please download a gift aid declaration here or collect one from the information point on a Sunday.
Please complete the form and hand it in at the information point on a Sunday.
Name of account: Life Church Warrington
Bank name: Lloyds Bank
Branch name: Warrington
Sort code: 77-51-01
Account number: 65868360