Stewardship is about how we take care of ourselves, each other, and all of creation. It is about how we use the gifts we have been given and, in turn, give to others. Stewardship is our acknowledgement of, and response to, the boundless and never-ending love of God, poured out on us.
At St. Paul’s, the work of stewardship is done by the Official Board and its committees, groups and teams, whose work you can read about on this website. The work of stewardship is also done, less officially, by the members of the St. Paul’s community, individually or in concert.
Two important aspects of stewardship are donations of money, and commitment of time and talents.
Donations / Financial Gifts
Most of the revenue to meet those expenses comes from regular offerings from congregation members. We ask people to commit their support for the Operating Budget by pledging to donate a given amount of money during the year, or by submitting a Pre-authorized Remittance (PAR) form that allows the church to withdraw a given amount of money from your bank account or credit card on a regular schedule during the year.
If you have not yet submitted a pledge or PAR form, please do so as soon as you can. The Finance committee needs an accurate forecast of revenues to be able to plan for the upcoming year and have a realistic budget to present at the Annual Congregational Meeting for approval by the congregation. Even if you don’t intend to change the amount donated or the financial institution information, we would like you to submit a form to confirm that status (you can just write “same as in last year”). Pledge/PAR forms are available from the Welcomers desk in the Friendship Room or from the Church Office. They can be submitted to the office, or to Marian Carmichael or Heather Peden.
Please give careful consideration to increasing your support each year. Although we realize this is not possible for everyone, collectively we need to provide more support for our church operations than we have in past years, as expenses rise over time.
Finally, be reassured that you are all valued and welcome members of our church family, regardless of how much financial support you are able to offer. Your very presence in our midst is a contribution to our spiritual life together.
In addition to supporting the General Operating Budget, which funds all six of our main ministries, St. Paul’s also has trust funds set up for specific purposes. These include:
- Capital Projects Fund
- Leadership Fund
- Outreach Fund (includes support for Refugees and Newcomers)
- Rice Leadership Fund
- Initiatives Fund
- Memorial Fund
- Contingency Fund
These are supported by directed donations and bequests.
You can also support the following outreach ministries by making a donation to St. Paul’s United Church and specifying the intended ministry in the message telling where you would like to have your donation directed.
Mission & Service Fund
Faith Lift Campus Ministry
Garneau Strathcona Food Security
Racecourse Community School in Zambia
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteer / Gifts of Time and Talent
Committees, Teams and Groups in the church
Opportunities in the wider community
If you can help Bissell Centre with a monetary donation, please click here:
Easy and simple way to donate to Bissell Centre
10527 96 Street
Edmonton, AB T5H 2H6
Phone: 780.423.2285, ext. 123
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers at St. Paul’s provide lunch for workers four times a year. The food is brought to the church by people in the congregation and is taken by volunteers to the job site and served. Watch the St. Paul’s Page for your opportunity to help!