Loving People into Life – our prayer campaign
We are embarking on a time of prayer and fasting, which is focussed towards the poor. Between 7th January and 17th February, we will have 5 talks that will serve as a biblical foundation on which we can stand as we embark on lasting ways to engage with the poor. At the same time, we invite you to engage in prayer and fasting, at various levels of your choice, and focus on 3 specific points of prayer:
- Pray that God would make known to us what project(s), that meet the poor at their point of need, He is calling us to start or engage in over the coming year.
- Pray that God will provide us with a building that would better enable us to do the things we have been called to do, including serving our community, and especially the poor.
- Pray that you would come to understand more fully God’s heart for the poor, and seek his guidance as you personally consider giving a financial gift to the poor in Sheffield and Mozambique.
Alex discusses these 3 prayer points, and more generally about fasting, in a talk given on 6th January 2019, which you can hear by clicking on the button below.
A gift for the poor in Sheffield and Mozambique – 17th February
We only ask people who belong to Sheffield Vineyard to practice on-going giving to the church, (commonly known as a tithe) – we don’t want to ask people to give to the church by passing around a basket during our Sunday Services because we don’t want our guests to feel that they should pay to come to church. We want to be known as a church that gives to the community, not the other way round.
Notwithstanding this, we feel that as part of our season for prayer and fasting for the poor, we should have an opportunity for people to make a one-time gift for the poor. It would an opportunity to give in addition to any tithe you may already be giving.
The ‘gift day’ will be the first time that we have ever asked people to give money at a Sunday Service, and it seemed good that our first ever collection would be wholly for the benefit of others and not us.
It also seems good that we should divide the total amount that people give into two equal halves; one half will be given to the ‘helpushelp’ scheme, which is run by Sheffield City Council, the other half will be given to Ali and Leanna in Mozambique.
Help us help
Helpushelp is an organisation that brings together charities and organisations from across the city to help meets the needs of the homeless by providing the poor with access to accommodation and healthcare, amongst other things.
Ali and Leanna in Mozambique
Ali is from Sheffield and Leanna is from Texas, but they have both moved to a YWAM base in rural Mozambique and adopted two children. They also work at a local school and they run projects in local communities nearby that seek to bless people with food, healthcare, and biblical discipleship.
How can I give?
Generous financial giving to the poor brings us closer the poor, because by taking on a financial burden that comes with giving, we get to feel a little bit more of what the poor feel to a greater extent, and often all the time. Compassion involves taking on what others experience.
Gift day – 17th January
You can bring your gift in the form of a cheque addressed to ‘Sheffield Vineyard’ or cash to our next Reach Party on 17th February. There will also be ‘pledge cards’ so if you want to give an amount in stages over a period of time or you would like to give at a latter date, you can pledge your gift.
Give By Bank Transfer
To set up a ‘one-time gift’ standing order, simply log in to your online banking, or download the Giving form at the bottom of the page, or visit your local bank branch. Please remember to reference your order with “Sheffield Vineyard GIFT”.
Our bank details
Bank: Barclays Bank, 68 Town Street, Leeds, LS18 4AX
Account Number: 63735907
Sort Code: 20-63-25
Reference: Sheffield Vineyard GIFT
Gift Aid Declaration
Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give we get and extra 25 pence from Inland Revenue, helping your donation go further. To allow us to claim Gift Aid on your behalf, you can complete the declaration below.
We do have ways for people who belong to Sheffield Vineyard to give, and we would encourage people here to tithe – we think it is a biblical and responsible thing to do. If you would like to know more about giving to the church, please click the button below.