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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Response to the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

Our Mission Team has sent an emergency donation to Doctors Without Borders. They have also designated the International Red Cross and Red Crescent as our April mission partner and have already begun accepting donations.

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 March,

our Mission Team is supporting Project Home Again. Donations will be used to purchase mattresses for their Good Night’s Sleep program. Project Home Again, an Andover organization, provides those in need with furniture and household goods allowing them to live in comfort and dignity.

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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Project Home Again provides low-income families with recycled household goods, furniture, and small appliances necessary to live with comfort and dignity.

The “Good Night’s Sleep Program” provides new mattress sets to clients that have no bed of their own — some are currently sleeping on the floor, sharing with too many family members in one bed, or sleeping on mattresses so old, uncomfortable or unsanitary that they need replacing. Your monetary donation helps give a “good night sleep” to someone in need. It can affect the way they see the whole world, whether achieving more in school, at work, or having the stamina to beat an illness.

  • $100 provides a twin mattress set
  • $140 provides a full mattress set
  • $25 provides a metal bed frame
  • Bed Bundles for children. Donation of $180 provides a child who has suffered a traumatic event with a new mattress set, metal frame, new comforter, sheets, pillow, stuffed animals, and books to make bedtime something tranquil, cozy, and special.

The PHA Approach:

  • Source new and gently used household goods, furniture, and small appliances from the local community, corporate partnerships, people all across the US, Canada, and Europe via our TikTok reach, and from movie production companies
  • Receive intake referrals from more than 600 social workers and caseworkers from over 160 local social service organizations, public agencies, and other community support groups.
  • Provide conveniently located and beautifully appointed display space where clients can “shop” by appointment only, to choose free items that reflect their personality and individual style.
  • Meet regularly with other local social service agencies to ensure that our shared clients have access to all of the wrap-around services available to them.

Monthly Mission Partners

February: Voices of Hope
January: Abby’s House

2022 All Hearts and Hands, UCC Hurricane Relief, The Bike Connector, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts, SNAP Market Match, Pastor Samaritan Fund, Communities Together, The Giving Garden, World Central Kitchen, UCC Disaster Relief & Church World Service Emergency Buckets, A Better Chance Andover

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