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

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 January,

our Mission Team is supporting Abby’s House. Started in 1976 as a homeless shelter for women and their children, their intention was to provide services in order to help these women find permanent housing and as such, they thought they would be open for a few years. Since 1976, Abby’s House has helped over 15,000 women and children reclaim and rebuild their lives. They empower the women they serve to lead self-directed lives with dignity and hope.

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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Abby’s House is dedicated to providing women and their children with shelter, affordable housing, and the support they need to get back on their feet. “The women who arrive on our doorstep come to us from many different circumstances. Some may have just escaped an abusive relationship. Others may have lost their job. Every situation is unique, and every woman has unique needs. Success is different for every woman. For us, success is each step a woman takes towards reaching her goals!” Read more here.

They offer three distinct programs:
1. Shelter
They offer a 9 bed overnight shelter for women who are with or without children.

2. Housing
Abby’s House operates 72 single room supportive housing units for women and 7 two-bedroom apartments for women and children in three buildings in Worcester.

3. Advocacy
Each woman staying in our shelter or living in our housing is assigned her own Advocate, who helps her identify realistic goals and assists her in identifying the tools she needs to achieve them. Our Advocates empower women to access the resources they need to succeed.

They also provide a rich list of available services that women can access to further their road to independence, These include things like, Domestic Violence Supports Groups, Addiction Recovery support, and Services designed specifically for younger women in their teens.

Monthly Mission Partners

December 2022 All Hearts and Hands
November 2022 UCC Hurricane Relief
October 2022 The Bike Connector in Lowell
September 2022 National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts
August 2022 SNAP Market Match
July 2022 Pastor Samaritan Fund
June 2022
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

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