During our ‘Prayerline’ prayer meeting on the 26th April 2020, I felt impressed by the Holy Spirit that as well as offering sincere prayer for those caught up in the fall-out due to the coronavirus pandemic, we should do something practical – NOW – to help. To that end an appeal was sent to all our members and some friends, initiating a NTCG Sheffield COVID relief fund. The initial deadline for bringing funds in was set for Friday 8th May, and I wrote to the people asking that they would consider giving a one-off love offering that we could collate and use to bless those among us who may be really struggling financially as a result of the effects of Covid-19.
Even though we were able to help some individuals, our Covid-19 relief fund was not exhausted during the worst months of the pandemic. As a result of this I made the decision that unused funds would be morphed into a new fund called NTCG Sheffield benevolence fund.
The benevolence fund is established with the purpose of meeting people’s basic needs. Benevolence is a biblical principle, and its scriptural relevance can be found in Matthew 25:34-40: (English Standard Version)
34. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35. For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,
36. I was naked, and you clothed me, I was sick, and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
37. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?
38. And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?
39. And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40. And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
The benevolence fund has no budget for either income or expense. Its receipts consist entirely of designated giving, and its expenses consist of funds disbursed at the direction of the Benevolence Committee.
The Benevolence Committee will be a sub-committee of the Church & Pastor’s Council (CPC). Its members serve for a term of 3 years. There is no restriction on the number of consecutive years a board member may serve on the Committee. The Committee may comprise at least three members. The maximum number depends on the expected workload.
The objective of this document is to set forth the responsibilities of the Benevolence Committee and the guidelines for discharging those responsibilities. It is not intended to cover all circumstances under which monies may be disbursed from the fund. The Benevolence Committee has responsibility to the senior pastor for the benevolence fund.
If you would like to give, please respond as follows:
Payments can be made into our bank account via bank transfer. The details you will need are as follows:
Account Number: 70660906
Sort Code: 20-76-97
Please use your name as a reference and state ‘BENEVOLENCE FUND’.
Alternatively, you can send cheques to the church’s Nursery Street address, ensuring it is clear, that your gift is for the benevolence fund.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. We believe that God is certain to bless your act of love.