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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
If you didn’t receive a pledge card in the mail, or need a new one, let us know.
our Mission Team is supporting All Hands and Hearts, an organization that uses volunteers to serve disaster affected communities around the world. Currently, they are serving on the ground in Poland where they are renovating 2 shelters that will house over 1000 Ukrainian refugees.
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!
All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) is an organization committed to effectively and efficiently addressing the immediate and long-term needs of global communities impacted by disasters. All Hands and Hearts arrives early for first response and stays late to rebuild schools and homes in a disaster-resilient way.
Ukraine Crisis Relief: October 2022 – February 2023
All Hands and Hearts responded to the Russo-Ukrainian War after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in early 2022. The initial response work included supporting the transportation of families across the Poland border to safe territories and now is focused on expanding and winterizing Ukrainian refugee shelters.
The war in Ukraine has created the largest refugee crisis in Europe since the second world war. By April, 2022, over 5.2 million became refugees and 2.8 million of them fled to Poland, making it the country receiving the highest number of refugees among its neighbors. The UNHCR is anticipating up to 1 million refugees will cross over into Poland for the winter months and many shelters need assistance with repairs, expansions, renovations, and winterization.
In Poland, their team has identified two shelters to work on. Boratyn shelter, run by a local NGO called UNITATEM can support up to 1,200 refugees. AHAH will be converting unused attic space into an insulated dormitory to provide additional capacity. The second shelter, called Spare Parts, is run by a local car parts dealer who converted an old hotel into a shelter for 40 refugees with disabilities including families and children. AHAH will be assisting with mold removal, safe access routes, kitchen installation and building separate male, female and accessible bathrooms.
Teams will also spend time in the community following up on leads and identifying ways the project can broaden its scope. They will also be sending volunteers to assist with sorting donations and loading and unloading trucks of aid heading to Ukraine.
All Hands and Hearts is unique in that if offers an opportunity to volunteer at the work site. Volunteers must apply and then get themselves to the site location. AHAH provides necessary flight and contact information. Volunteers are housed and fed while they are working. There is typically a 1 week minimum requirement. The volunteers who are currently in Poland are working on the rehab of the shelters, sorting donations and loading and unloading trucks filled with supplies headed to Ukraine.
Monthly Mission Partners
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
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
Watch the videos or follow any of the links below to learn more about our core mission partners.