In 2016, we created a separate fund which you can give to. This would typically be in addition to regular giving to the general fund.
The mercy fund is used for three purposes. First, it is used for immediate financial relief for those in urgent need. This includes instances when someone is hit by an unexpected sharp increase in costs or fall in income. Requests are overseen by the deacons.
Secondly, the mercy fund is used to provide continued support for those in ongoing difficulty - for instance, when someone is out of work. This support will usually be for a set amount of time, and the person receiving mercy will together with a deacon draw up a plan to help them become self-sufficient again. In both of the above cases, we follow the Biblical command (Gal 6:10) to give priority to those in the church and to other believers, but also make the mercy available to non-Christians. Financial support given in these cases is also a gift, not a loan.
Finally, the mercy fund will be used to cover the costs of running specific mercy ministries - for example, budgeting advice courses or homeless outreach.
If you'd like to know more about the reasoning for this, please speak to any of the deacons (or you can email them: firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can find out how to give on the main giving page. BUT if you give by ChurchSuite (formerly ChurchApp), please remember to change the fund to 'mercy fund' at the drop down list at the bottom of the page when you click on this link:
If you would like to give directly into the Mercy Fund account, please contact us and we will let you know the account details.