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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 Communities Together, one of our South Church core missions. Our collection will help fund the vital summer programming that they offer to the children living in The Hancock Courts and Stadium Courts Apartment complexes in Lawrence. $1000 will be matched by a generous donation made in memory of Ki Joung by his family.
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!
Manos Felices! – Summer Enrichment Program
Manos Felices! serves the elementary aged children of the residents of Hancock Courts and Stadium Courts Housing Projects in Lawrence, MA. Participants in the program range in age from 6 – 13. Their families are among the poorest in Lawrence.
During the summer, children experience activities and enjoy events outside the small worlds of the Housing Projects. The summer program strives to build on the work done during the school year by offering stimulating activities such as art lessons, STEM projects, etc. which are designed to lay the foundation for the children to grow and become contributors to a brighter future for all the residents of Lawrence.
Typically, the summer program also includes swim lessons at the YWCA and water sports at the Greater Lawrence Boating Program. When funds are available, we take the children on a field trip to introduce them to other experiences. In 2021we visited Smolak Farms where the children loved seeing the animals, picked blueberries and ran through the flowers in the fields.
Our summer experience usually concludes with a special educational outing. We have visited the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium. This summer we hope to explore the USS Constitution and Museum and complete a STEM project while we are there.
Realistically, we recognize that the cost of transportation this year will be remarkably more than in previous summers. With that in mind, we will plan carefully to maximize the benefits that the children will receive from each activity and outing.
The Board of Directors of Communities Together, Inc., and our employees join with the families and children of Manos Felices! in expressing our extreme gratitude for the support from everyone at South Church. You are making a difference in lives!
Monthly Mission Partners
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.