At the Annual Church Meeting earlier in the year, our attention was drawn to the precarious state of our church finances. The situation has improved only a little since.
One of the functions of the church is to reach out to those around us. Indeed, it has been said that the church exists primarily for the benefit of its non-members. Whilst many initiatives may not not need a lot of cash, we still need some money which can be used for reaching our neighbours. Given our current situation, how can we make that provision?
So, here is an idea. If we each come to church each Sunday with one extra dinar in our purse or pocket, it could go in a box labeled “outreach”, near the door . One dinar may not sound much, but if we all take part and contribute every week, then the sum will build up, and soon we will have a fund dedicated to the purpose of reaching our neighbour. Of course, you can give more if you wish. The ordinary collection will continue to be used for the usual purposes.
If you wonder “who is my neighbour?”, then I would refer you to Jesus’ answer to that in Luke 10:25-37.