God's people have always been characterized by giving, but the way they've given has changed over time. For example, people no longer bring goats, sheep, calves, and grain to God as they did in the Old Testament. Giving money is simpler, cleaner, and theologically sounder since Jesus has made the ultimate sacrifice. As the way that money is exchanged changes, we at St. Stephen the Martyr are extending members new ways to offer their financial gifts to God.
We offer Simply Giving, a program that allows you to set up regular donations through funds transfer from your bank account to the church's account We also have members who use GIVE+, a mobile app that lets you make a donation from your mobile phone. Note that Give+ is being replaced by a new app, Vanco Mobile, and will be sunsetted by the end of the year. You can find more information in the Giving drop-down menu.
At SSM, we'll continue to take an offering during the service for people who prefer to give by cash or check. For members who'd rather transfer money electronically, though, check out our electronic giving options.
Giving is an important aspect of the Christian life. After all, Luke records that Jesus himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). At SSM, we want to encourage all members to pray about giving and give as God leads them.