Giving to Greyfriars
Our congregation members and friends support the church in many ways, both financially (as they are able) and by generously volunteering their time and energy in carrying out our many uses. Unlike many churches we do not require tithing (giving 10% of one’s income to the church), but we believe that the tithe, like everything else in Scripture, is representative, in this case symbolizing the full measure of what one is able to contribute while prudently providing for one’s self and one’s family.
The Church of Scotland teaches about ‘Sacrificial Giving’ reflecting a response to God’s sacrificial giving in Christ, a measure of our desire to spread the gospel, a priority in our personal spending and a generous proportion of our income. The members of our church family in Greyfriars strive to ensure that our giving is a clear sign of our love for God and our commitment to Christ and the Church.
Greyfriars Parish Church has a clear vision for the future and a strategic plan to focus and direct our decisions. Our members work hard to maintain and improve our Church and activities not only for our own spiritual welfare but to help make the benefits of the Church more widely available to others. We believe in Greyfriars being a centre for our community in Lanark. We believe in providing a building, a minister and other resources for the people of Lanark to be able to make use of when they need it most.
The apostle Paul says, “Everyone should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion” (2 Corinthians 9:7). There must be freedom in Christian giving. The purpose of this freedom is to cultivate voluntary (true) generosity by God's people.
Therefore, Greyfriars Church does not suggest donations of any amount or percentage, but leaves members and friends in freedom to give according to their hearts and abilities. The Church, through the leadership of the Kirk Session, then has the responsibility to use the generous gifts of its donors wisely in the service of God.
There are a number of ways you can give to Greyfriars Parish Church:
Greyfriars Church can receive gifts online by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover) or from your bank account via PayPal. This is a secure service and you do not even need a PayPal account to give via a card. You can access our online giving page at PayPal here. There are no fees to you when you give online.
By Text Message
You can now give to the work of Greyfriars Church via your mobile phone. The amount you give is added to your regular mobile bill. You can give in this way by sending a text to 70070. In this text you should use the code LANA00 (LANA, then two zeros, without a space between) followed by a space and the amount you wish to give (£1, £2, £5 or £10). For example your text may be LANA00 £10, if you wish to give £10. All of the money you give this way comes to us.
Through your Bank
Many members of the church family at Greyfriars Church give directly through their bank each month using a pre-arranged Standing Order. If this is something you wish to set up the please contact the Church Office for more details and forms to enable you to send your instructions to your bank.
You can send a cheque, made out to Greyfriars Parish Church, to our office at Greyfriars Parish Church, Bloomgate, Lanark, ML11 9ET.
Simply bring cash or cheques to any of our Sunday services and place them in the offering bags. If you are a tax payer and can give via the Gift Aid Scheme where Greyfriars Church can gain an extra 25% on your donation please request a Gift Aid Form from our church office.
Greyfriars Church does not receive any funding from government or state sources and relies solely on the generous giving of our members and friends. Thank you for your interest in supporting the work of our church.