‘Life in all its fullness’
When Jesus talks about ‘Life in all its fullness’ he is teaching about the life of God, which overflows with generosity, exceeds expectations, is more than imagined, abundant. It is the abundance of God’s life within us as a Church and as individuals that flows out, giving life to those around us. When it comes to thinking about stewardship, giving and finance, we do so as Christians from this place of generosity, recognising that the heart of the gospel is God’s gift to us in Jesus Christ and that all we have is God’s: ‘All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.’ (I Chr 29:14)
As Christians we belong to something much greater than ourselves, we are part of the Church, which is the body of Christ. We are joined together in Christ.
The Bible tells us:
‘You are the body of Christ and individually members of it.’ (1 Cor 12:27).
The concept of Parish Share is based on this understanding of the Church.
What is Parish Share, how is it calculated and how does it work? These questions are all answered in our Parish Share leaflet, which you can download here:
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”
(WORDS OF JESUS FROM JOHN 10:10)
How you can help
Parish share is the way in which together we fund the work of the Church of England in and around Gloucestershire. You can support your parish by subscribing to the Parish Giving Scheme.