Download as PDFNote:  People will need to bring their Bibles or the leader will have the scripture selections on one page as a hand out.

1. Our Attitude to Money and Material Wealth

Opening prayer

Read the passages aloud:  Luke 12: 13-34 and 1 Timothy 6:6-12; 17-19

Short (very short) intro by the leader on the passages.

Read the passages again.

Silent meditation (for at least five minutes) on the passages and this question (which you will have on a sheet of newsprint ready to post at this point):

What do the passages say to you about

  • the dangers of wealth;
  • contentment and greed;
  • priorities?

Share thoughts from the meditation.  Leader to ensure that all have a chance to speak if they wish.

Group discussion:  Choose a couple of these questions for in depth discussion.  Do one at a time. (Again, have this on newsprint that you now post.)

  • What are the dangers of wealth for Christian families today and how can we overcome them?
  • How do we measure our real needs…by the standards of our neighbours or the standards of the poor?
  • What are our priorities in spending the family’s money?
  • What are the priorities of the parish for the spending of its money?  (You will need a copy of last year’s financial statement.)

Read the passages for the last time.

Closing prayer.

2. Christian Giving and Sharing

Opening prayer

Read the Bible passage: 2 Corinthians 8: 1-15.

A very few introductory comments from the leader.

Read the passage again.

Silent meditation (for at least five minutes) on the passages and these questions (which leader will have on newsprint and post at this time):

  • Think of the Macedonian Christians:  what condition did they live in? What did they give? How much?
  • What produces the desire to give?
  • What principles does Paul suggest for giving?
  • Paul outlines many reasons to give in this passage.  Which one resonates with you personally?

Share thoughts from the meditation.  Leader to ensure that all have a chance to speak if they wish.

Group discussion:  Choose a couple of these questions for in depth discussion.  Do one at a time. (Again, have these on newsprint.)

  • “Poverty is no bar to generous giving”.  Should every parishioner give?
  • What are the main motives for our church members to give?  How can we encourage the right motives for giving?
  • In what ways does our parish share with other parishes? In the diocese? Outside the diocese? How do we see ourselves in “the communion of saints” in giving?
  • How could we reach a goal of one dollar spent outside our parish for every dollar spent inside the parish?

Read the passage again.

Closing prayer.

3. Church Finance

Opening prayer

Read the passages aloud: 2 Corinthians 8: 16-24 and Acts 6:1-6.

Short (very short ) intro by the leader on the passages.

Read the passages again.

Silent meditation (for at least five minutes) on the passages and these topics (which leader has on newsprint and now posts):

What do we learn about

  • handling church funds;
  • the need to fulfil our promises: and
  • the choice of people to handle church funds and administrative work?

Share thoughts from the meditation.  Leader to ensure that all have a chance to speak if they wish.

Group discussion:  Choose a couple of these questions for in depth discussion.  Do one at a time. (Again, have these on newsprint.)

  • Paul made careful arrangements to ensure that the church’s money was handled honestly and was seen to be handled honestly.  What kind of practical arrangements should be made by parishes and dioceses to ensure the same honest handling?
  • What kind of persons did the church choose for handling the money?
  • Why do some church members fail to fulfil their promise to give?

Read the passages for the last time.

Closing prayer.

 4. The Fruit of Generous Giving

Read the passage aloud: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15.

Short (very short) intro by the leader on the passages.

Read the passages again.

Silent meditation (for at least five minutes) on the passages and these questions (which the leader has on newsprint and now posts):

  • How does Paul encourage the church to give?
  • Paul outlines many reasons to give in this passage.  Which one resonates with you personally?
  • What does Paul say about the way we should give? The fruit of generous giving? God’s giving?

Share thoughts from the meditation.  Leader to ensure that all have a chance to speak if they wish.

Group discussion:  Choose a couple of these questions for in depth discussion.  Do one at a time. (Again, have on newsprint.)

  • Has the church the right to set minimum levels of giving for its members?
  • Why do Anglicans give less than those in many other denominations?
  • How can we convince people that they are missing God’s blessings because of their lack of generous giving?
  • What should our attitude to money and giving be, if we listen carefully to the Bible?

Read the passage for the last time.

Closing prayer.