It is Generosity Week this week, and churches across the diocese have been experiencing Christian generosity in different ways.
One way has been through launching the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) in parishes.
The PGS helps regular givers donate safely to their church by direct debit either monthly, quarterly, or annually, and helps parishes to make their finances more regular and consistent.
The parish of Horbury with Horbury Bridge have used this Generosity Week to launch the PGS with their congregation, at a service at St Peter and St Leonard’s Horbury on Sunday, September 25.
Father Christopher Johnson, Vicar in the parish, said: “Our PCC decided to join the Parish Giving Scheme last year, but for one reason or another hadn’t got round to launching it with our parishioners.
“Generosity Week provided us with a great opportunity to do so, in conjunction with launching our latest a stewardship campaign.
“Although we realise the wider economic situation isn’t great for individuals, we hope that our parishioners might be inspired by the teachings of the Scriptures and by the facts and figures we were able to present to them thanks to the support of the Diocese, in financing the mission of the church through offering a generous and regular gift to us through the PGS.
“We hope and pray this latest campaign will bear much fruit!”
Janet Edmond, Diocesan Stewardship Officer, said: “Regular giving is such a crucial part of how we sustain our church’s ministry and mission and giving through the Parish Giving Scheme is a brilliant way to ensure your church receives your gift in a simple and secure way.
“The scheme not only significantly reduces the burden of administration for your church but also allows you an easy way to increasing your generous commitment by inflation-proofing your gift annually if you choose.
“Almost 30% of parishes in Leeds Diocese have adopted the PGS and this continues to grow, reflecting ever increasing levels of generosity to help support your church today and for the future.”
People’s generosity has been helping in other ways too, including with very practical matters around church buildings.
On Sunday, September 25, St John the Divine in Menston, celebrated the completion of their project to re-slate and insulate the entire church roof.
After about three months of building works the final scaffolding came down and members of the congregation, the Archdeacon of Bradford, local dignitaries and representatives of charitable trusts and tradespeople all gathered for the service of thanksgiving.
The vicar, Revd Steve Proudlove, said, “It is a privilege to see this work completed after years of planning and fundraising.
“We have talked about equipping the church for the next 150 years of worship and mission within our village and beyond and to see it coming into fruition has been humbling.
“We are particularly pleased to be able insulate the building better as we seek to reduce our carbon footprint in response to the current climate crisis.
“We are so grateful for the generosity of the church community who raised the bulk of the money needed through giving and an unceasing commitment to fund-raising, and to the people of Menston who have also given generously.
“We are thankful, as well, to several charitable organisations for their significant contribution without which we would have struggled to complete the work.
“It was fitting to hold our re-opening service on the same day as our Harvest festival; it enabled us to thank God for all that we have received, including the means to re-slate the church roof, and to re-dedicate ourselves to worship in response to God’s goodness.”
To find out more about Generosity Week, please click here.