Giving at South Church

Even 2000 years ago, Jesus knew that talking about money – how we use it and where it comes from – was the only way to save us from being consumed by it. Here at South Church, we believe in cultivating faithful and transparent conversations about finances – both our personal finances and church finances.

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We’re proud that over 90% of our budget is made possible by South Church families.

Unlike some churches that are supported by a denomination, South Church is primarily supported by families in the church. Some are from generations past who left legacy gifts, but the majority are folks just like you. These funds support our pastoral staff, youth and music programs, community and mission outreach and maintaining our historic building.

Every gift – no matter how big or small – can have an impact, and why we depend on every member and friend of South Church to prayerfully discern at what level their family can support our ministries.

When you give to South Church, you’ll always know where your gifts are going.

At South Church, we prioritize mission trips for our youth, meals for our hungry brothers and sisters, and affordable housing for our neighbors. From local soup kitchens and international disaster relief charities, to staff budgets and building maintenance, no matter the size of your gift you’ll be able to see how we use every dollar to minister to the greater Andover community and the world. Our financial administrator and church leaders work hard to prepare yearly narrative budgets that detail how the church finances have been used. Throughout the year, our church council receives monthly updates about the financial health of our church. When you take a look at the ministries of South Church, and how we use gifts, we think you’ll feel good about what you find.

Every gift – no matter the size – makes a big difference.

As a church supported by our members and friends, every gift goes a long way. Most families support South Church by making a yearly “pledge.” Every year, families prayerfully consider how much they feel called and capable of giving to the church. There is no correct amount nor amount too small. Some families pledge $100 a month, while others pledge $5000 a year. The average pledge is around $3000 a year. While life situations arise and we are not always able to fulfill our pledge – grace abounds! Even when we’re uncertain about what next year will bring, any amount helps our volunteer leaders budget and plan ministries for the coming year.

What is a pledge?

A pledge is a good faith promise by church members to give a set amount over a calendar year to support South Church. Pledges help our church leaders draft a responsible budget for the coming year. Last year 225 households made a commitment to sustain our programs and outreach throughout the year. Families choose to fulfill their pledge in a variety of ways: Monthly electronic donations, weekly checks, and/or one-time stock donations.

There are three easy ways to pledge

1. Realm

You can use our secure, integrated church management software to make your pledge, set up your own recurring payments, and monitor your giving history. If you haven’t activated your account, email Joanne. If you need help registering, or making a pledge, watch these videos or email Joanne. You can always log-in at OnRealm.org

2. Google Form

If navigating Realm is difficult for any reason, you can fill out this simple Google Form. You do not need a Google account. Note that this form will not allow you to set up options to fulfill your pledge, only record your pledge.

3. Pledge Card

If you didn’t receive a pledge card in the mail, or need a new one, let us know.

For the month of June,

our Mission Team is supporting One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on global reforestation. Our collected donation will be used to help the reforestation project in the Pacific Northwest; specifically, for Forest Fire Recovery. One dollar donated equals One Tree Planted.

Because people like you choose to make recurring gifts, we use the offering time during worship to support a different mission partner each month.

Each Month, our Missions Team will select a new partner, locally or globally, to support. The team shares with us in worship why that partner was selected and invites us to make a gift. In 2021, you gave away over $63,000 to our mission partners through our Sunday offering alone! Thank you!

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Their Mission is simple; For every dollar donated, they will plant a tree.
One dollar equals one tree.

Based in Shelburne VT, One Tree Planted began in 2014 with a single planting project of 20 thousand trees. Today they have grown into one of the largest and most recognizable reforestation organizations in North America and the world. They have over 250 planting partners in 43 countries and have planted over 40 million trees in order to restore forests, create habitat for biodiversity and make a positive social impact around the world. They support over 35, 000 farming families and engage over 39,000 volunteers.

Trees do so much for us! They sequester carbon, filter and absorb air pollutants, release oxygen for us to breathe, provide wildlife habitat, hold the soil together, grow food and medicine, protect us from UV rays, slow the flow of stormwater, and much more.

Our collected donation will be used to help the reforestation project in the Pacific Northwest; specifically, for Forest Fire Recovery. The latest forest fire season on the west coast of North America has been extreme. Reforestation is one of the best ways to restore a healthy environment after fire damage, OneTreePlanted plants trees in a variety of different locations affected by the fires. They only plant local native tree species, and reforestation is begun after professional assessments are made to determine where human intervention would be most ecologically beneficial due to a lack of natural regeneration. planting trees can help to catalyze the natural process so that forests grow once again. OneTreePlanted projects are conducted in partnership with local experts, native tree species, and with reforestation plans that take unique local ecology into account to ensure a lower risk of future forest fire spread.
Forest Fires have increased in frequency, severity, and size in many regions harming biodiversity, water quality, and the climate. The causes are often wide-ranging, and include decades of fire suppression combined with climate change.

When forest fires are relatively small, nature doesn’t require intervention because seeds in the soil and natural regeneration from surrounding healthy trees will restock the ecosystem with new emerging seedlings. But when burn scars are severe, or when the closest healthy trees are too far away to spread seeds via natural processes Planting trees helps to restore damaged ecosystems, stabilize soil, support the water cycle, and slowly recover the vital ecosystem services that we all depend on.

Monthly Mission Partners

May 2022 Communities Together
April 2022 The Giving Garden
March 2022 World Central Kitchen
February 2022 UCC Disaster Relief & Church World Service Emergency Buckets
January 2022 A Better Chance Andover

2021 Lawrence Boys & Girls Club/Violence in Boston, Common Cathedral, RIP Medical Debt, Honduras Hope, NAMI Massachusetts, LGBT Asylum Task Force, Missions Impact Fund, UTEC, Closing the SNAP Gap, and International Institute of New England

Image courtesy of One Tree Planted

In addition to our monthly mission partners, we have core partners we support through your pledge.

Watch the videos or follow any of the links below to learn more about our core mission partners.

Andover ABC

Bread & Roses

Honduras Hope

Only a Child