“Each one must give as he or she has decided in their heart…for God loves a cheerful giver.”
What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is everything I do after I say, “I believe.”
Stewardship is a gift of the spirit:
– It is the sharing in God’s mission with glad, generous, and grateful hearts.
– It is transforming lives in our community.
– It is prayerfully responding to God’s call.
– It blesses the giver more than the receiver.
It is through a practice of gratitude and generosity that we will grow spiritually. Generosity flows out of our gratitude for the gifts of love, family, and life itself. We are called to share in God’s mission of caring for the world, using all the gifts that have been given to us.
Give with confidence
We deeply value your generosity and pledge responsible stewardship of each donation.
Your gifts to Grace Church support our mission and ministry of prayer and service.
By clicking on one of the links below, you can learn more about how you can give to Grace Church:
– Annual Pledging
– Bequests & Planned Giving
– Memorial, Honor & Special Gifts
Inspired by the spirit and in thankfulness for our blessings, our annual stewardship commitment brings us together to pray, to serve, and to give to the Lord.
“The disciples, each according to their ability, decided to provide help.” Acts 11:29
By making an annual pledge to Grace Church, you are joyfully committing to financial support of our mission and ministry.
“To build by the grace of God, a loving and joyful community which lives the Gospel through worship, proclamation, and service to each other and to downtown Providence and beyond.”
And, you are showing your gratitude to God for all the gifts he has bestowed on you and your family.
Annual pledges – usually made in the fall for the next calendar year – demonstrate your commitment to Grace Church and allow its leadership to budget for our ministry and the prudent maintenance of its resources. A portion of the church budget also supports the work of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, through our annual apportionment.
You may make your pledge in regular installments – weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. Pledge envelopes are supplied for those who wish to place them in the collection plate each week, or you may give through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) directly from your bank account or online through PayPal. To make your pledge payments via Electronic Funds Transfer, please contact the parish administrator.
And, should your financial capacity to fulfill your pledge change during the giving year, you may contact the church administrator to adjust your pledge up or down as your circumstances require.
Your pledge is a tax-deductible contribution.
What is tithing
Tithing is the opportunity to designate the “first fruits” of your labors to God. It is a goal for giving, not a requirement. All pledges to Grace Church are gratefully received.
A tithe is traditionally the gift of 10% of your annual income (wages, retirement, investments, etc.).
The concept of tithing comes from several biblical sources:
“Bring God a free-will offering proportionate in size to his blessing upon you as judged by the amount of your harvest.” Deuteronomy 16:10
“Let each one of you give according to how the Lord has prospered you.” I Corinthians 16:2
There is also the concept of modern tithing – designating 5% of your income to the church and 5% to other worthy nonprofit organizations that you chose to support in fulfilling God’s Kingdom on earth.
A third concept is proportional tithing – designating a set percentage of your income for the church, with the goal of increasing your pledge as circumstances permit.
Founded in 1829, Grace Church is the vibrant spiritual community it is today because of the foresight and generosity of generations of those who have worshipped here before us.
Many of their gifts are invested in an endowment, from which investments can provide supplemental income as needed by Grace Church.
You can follow the lead of those who have generously made provisions for the future generations of Grace Church by:
– Designating Grace Church in your will or trust
– Making a gift of stock or real estate
– Making a life-income or other planned gift now, which may lower your current tax liability while providing you with retirement or investment income.
For more information, please contact the rector.
The 1829 Society
The 1829 Society of Grace Church was created to encourage giving to God, to invite you to give witness to God’s abundance in your life, and to honor the loving faithful who assure and sustain the ministries of Grace Church.
The Society’s purpose is to encourage, support, and celebrate gifts made to our endowment. With a gift of any size, you may direct the income to an area of specific interest to you.
Unrestricted gifts provide important income to support Grace Church’s annual operating budget including our lovely worship services, pastoral care, our renowned music program, important downtown outreach ministries, building maintenance, active youth groups, and Christian education.
Restricted gifts support specific ministries. In the past, generous members have left gifts to provide for the repair and maintenance of our beautiful pipe organs, special programming, upkeep of our magnificent church building, our acclaimed music program, and to help the poor or the community as well as parishioners facing financial challenges.
The Benefits are Many
Your endowment gift may be made through a bequest in a will and your estate will be subject to federal estate tax benefits for the full value of your gift. You may also want to consider designating Grace Church as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or life insurance policy.
While gifts of cash are most welcome, gifts of appreciated securities and real estate can often provide even greater benefit to you through capital gains tax savings.
Your gift to Grace Church may be structured so that you and your spouse receive an income from the gift for life, with the principal going to Grace Church thereafter. Such life income gifts are made through the use of charitable trusts, pooled income funds and charitable gift annuities.
The Rewards of Joining
Your deep commitment and strong support of Grace Church throughout the years have enabled us to foster an environment where the mission and ministries of Grace Church continue to be lived each and every day. Tomorrow’s gifts are equally important as they convey our deepest commitments and allow for the future of our Church.
With your permission, your name will be entered on The Grace Church 1829 Society commemorative plaque that hangs in the foyer and added to The Grace Church 1829 Society member list posted on these web pages. By allowing your name to be added, your gift will stand quietly as a witness to this and to future generations. You will have looked beyond this life and “planted a tree that will bear fruit in due season.” Psalm 1:3
The greatest reward comes, however, from knowing that you recognized the importance of God in your life and you gave powerful witness of that love with a gift of yourself.
Memorial gifts celebrate the life of a deceased member or friend of Grace Church, while tribute gifts may acknowledge a birthday, baptism or confirmation, marriage, anniversary, or other noteworthy event.
Special Memorial & Tribute Gift envelopes are available in the Narthex of the Church, or you may request a quantity from the Church Office to be used for a specific occasion, such as a wake or memorial service.
You gift may be made online by clicking here or mailed to:
Grace Church in Providence
175 Mathewson St.
Providence, RI 02903