The Offering Plate
At Mount Seymour United we believe that everything we have is gift. We respond to the abundance of our living by caring for creation and for all people. We joyfully give a portion of what we have been given for God’s work in the world through the church. We call this Christian stewardship. We welcome your contribution to our church as a sign of your gratitude for life’s many blessings and your gratitude and commitment to the ministry here.
We offer the opportunity to give to the life of the church during every worship service. Offerings go towards the work of the local congregation; the work of the national church both in Canada and overseas through the Mission and Service Fund; and towards special projects (i.e.: the ministry of First United Church in the Downtown Eastside or the Lookout Shelter on the North Shore).
Regular giving is facilitated by PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) or by giving envelopes. PAR involves an automatic debit to your chequing account and allows you to allocate your giving. To sign up for PAR, you can do so at the Action Table or by contacting the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Fay Butterfield at 604-929-1991. For those who have given by PAR and would still like to put something onto the offering plate as it goes by, printed cards are available at the Action Table.
For those who prefer to make a donation directly onto the offering plate, we provide giving envelopes (with a giving number to track your gifts for tax receipt purposes.) These givings can also be designated. Envelopes are available in the pews and on the Action Table for occasional donations.
You can sign up for PAR or envelopes in the church office or by contacting Fay Butterfield at 604-929-1991.
You can also donate online by clicking here through to Canada Helps.
We encourage our congregation to give to the church according to equal generosity, not equal amounts. We’ve been amazed at how generous people can be when they believe in what they are supporting.
After you have remembered your loved ones, consider including our church in your will. Whether your estate is large or small, a bequest to Mount Seymour United Church can have a substantial impact. Writing or changing your will is not the overwhelming task you might imagine, but we do recommend that you use the services of a legal professional. You can choose a specific dollar amount, or a specified percentage of the residue of your estate.
Be sure to specify Mount Seymour United Church, 1200 Parkgate Ave, North Vancouver to ensure that it comes to the right place.