An Introduction to Stewardship in Beccles Parish.
- Stewardship has taken off in the USA and here in the UK in the Anglican and Evangelical Churches.
- In our Diocese there are no parishes involved ….yet!
- I heard from the Diocesan Treasurer that the Diocese intends to appoint a co-ordinator.
- So, this is a first for me, and for St Benet’s.
Stewardship in its simplest form, is the act of putting God’s priorities before our own. Good stewards give the first portion of their gifts of time, talent and treasure to the Lord’s work, in gratitude for his many Blessings.
I was a member of the Parish 40 years ago and re-joined after we moved here three years ago. I have been hugely impressed with the enormity of commitment and the even greater amount of time and talent given over to making the parish ”God Centred”.
I need to learn a lot more about ALL those things which make up our parish. If this is to take off and I am to be its leader, I will need to have a small team with which I can work and consult – and rely on their wisdom!
The Three Facets of Stewardship
A true understanding of Stewardship begins with taking care of and sharing the gift of time; it needs to planned in order to have the time:-
- to work;
- to rest and play, and
- to pray;
and should help to balance our physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual lives.
Stewardship means taking care of and sharing God’s gifts; our talents are special blessings received from God which can be used to help others, not just time or money.
True Stewardship is taking care of and sharing all that we have and are, to the benefit of others.
The Spirituality of Stewardship
This means living out our commitment to be Christ-centred. Jesus Christ is God’s greatest gift to us. Stewardship tells us to share a proportion of our time, talent and treasure so that God’s gift, Jesus Christ may be given to those who do not know him.
Some parishes have seen Stewardship as selling a discipline to parishioners so that the financial burden of running a Catholic Parish should be shared according to each person’s ability to contribute.
There are issues in our parish on weekly collections being paid by standing orders and gift aided.
We need to agree our own priorities.
Notes of Presentation to PPC; Thursday 16 July 2020.