“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)
Our theme for 2021 – an area we really want to lean into and grow in – is generosity.
With all the uncertainties and anxieties created by the pandemic the natural thing for us to do is hunker down, focus on ourselves and hold onto what we have. As people who have received the generosity of God we need to push back against this. Being generous is a key part of our growing as disciples and of our witness. Let’s demonstrate the reality of Christ at work in us.
This is also a great theme for us to focus on because we can easily measure whether or not we are being generous. Scripture tells us that we are “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). Being generous is part of that work which God has given us. Why not make it a goal that every week this year you will do something generous for another person?
On this page we want to collect ideas for generosity and stories of generosity in action. We want 2021 to be a year in which we are having adventures in generosity: growing in our faith and seeing more of God’s kindness displayed in and through us.
Ideas for Generosity
Here are some ideas for ways in which we can be generous.
Write a note of encouragement to someone describing what you appreciate and admire about them.
Drop a gift of food or flowers on someone’s doorstep.
Go on the chain ferry and pay for the person in the queue behind you.
Tip a delivery driver.
Buy a treat for your kids, spouse or a friend.
Stop and talk with a homeless person.
If you’ve got other ideas of ways to be generous or stories to tell of how you have experienced generosity (let’s be generous with our stories!) please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories of Generosity
Jackie, a long-serving member or Gateway
has a story about how generosity is embedded in our DNA:
"Never in my experience have I found a cause which has evoked such spontaneous generosity."
Our ability to be generous begins with God's generosity towards us. In this story CeCe Chibamba relates how she has experienced the generosity of God:
As we press on with our plans to redevelop our facilities at Alder Road it is good to be encouraged by stories of what God has done in providing for other churches: