The mission of St Patrick’s Dundee is funded entirely by direct giving from those who worship at the churches. Our continued life depends on the generosity of those who believe that the love of God -is worth handing on, as a living faith, to future generations. We value the support and generosity of all who come here – regulars and visitors alike – Thank you.
increases the value of donations by allowing us to reclaim the basic-rate tax on your gift. If you pay higher rate tax you can claim extra relief on your donations. If you claim age-related allowances or tax credits, Gift Aid donations can sometimes increase your entitlement. The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it is worth £12.50.
Stewardship is an expression of discipleship, with the power to change how we understand and live out our lives.
Disciples who practice stewardship recognize God as the origin of life, the giver of freedom, the source of all they have and are and will be. They are deeply aware of the truth that “The Lord’s are the earth and its fullness; the world and those who dwell in it” (Ps 24:1). They know themselves to be recipients and caretakers of God’s many gifts. They are grateful for what they have received.
The members of our parish are the primary source of support for our parish life and our parish facilities. Through gifts of time, talent, and treasure we are able to sustain the operation of our parish. Our challenge is to continue the work of the past, to attend to the needs of the present, and to build for the future. Stewardship is based on a biblical view of God as Creator and ourselves as servants. From this perspective we are encouraged to develop or renew the practice of regularly reflecting on God’s love for us and the goodness of our lives. With a sure sense of our blessings in mind we are encouraged to make gratitude the fundamental motive for our giving. The Bible also reminds us that as servants we are accountable to God for the use (stewardship) of our gifts of time, talent, and treasure.
While our parish has many particular needs for which funds must be raised, we must continue to reflect on the fact that stewardship is much different than fund-raising. Stewardship is rooted in one indisputable need – the need to give. Our gratitude can so easily become a matter of words only, unless we are returning to the Lord, the giver of all gifts, a truly grateful share of our time, talent, and treasure.
With such an attitude, your family’s needs and the needs of our parish will be met – with a surplus for the future. Such an attitude is a faith decision rooted in trust that what is left over after we have first given to God will be enough. Over time few practices deepen faith more effectively than this decision to really put God first in our lives.
All parish members are encouraged to pray for each other that we might receive the grace of understanding to know how God is calling each of us to be stewards, the grace of wisdom to know what we have to give, and the grace of courage to trust that we will be blessed in our giving.