For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
As the tithes and offerings form a fundamental part of our worship, it is essential that we stay faithful in returning these blessings to our Lord. Those who have access to electronic means of payment are encouraged to make use of this method.
There are several ways of giving:
- On-line Giving for Tithe & Offerings – visit the South England Conference website and click the DONATE button to securely give to Luton Central. Just select “Luton Central” from the list of churches. You can make one time or recurring donations. Please note that you cannot give offerings and tithe in a single transaction. You must donate each as a separate transaction. So select to donate your offerings first and once you’ve completed the payment please go back and select the DONATE button to donate your tithe.
- Giving using the MobiCash App for Tithe & Offerings – download and install the MobiCash on to your smart phone or device. Instructions on installing and donating via the app can be found here
Bank Transfer/Standing Order for Tithe & Offerings – Please quote your Gift Aid number, if you have one, as the bank transaction reference: The account details are:
Account Name: Luton SDA Church
Sort Code: 40-30-39
Account Number: 31022636
For our international friends, please use the following details to donate to Luton Central
- Weekly Local Church Budget Text Giving - Send a text message with "SDA Luton Central" to
70100 - £1
70300 - £3
70500 - £5
70575 - £10
70750 - £20 (a one-off donation)
Once you have donated using one of the above options, the same amount will be donated each week going forward (except where you have choosen to donate £20). However, you will get a free weekly reminder text message that funds will be coming out, if you would like to STOP or SKIP a week text the same number. Donations will be added to your monthly mobile phone bill or deducted from your Pay-As-You-Go balance. Each time you donate you will receive a text confirmation and a Gift Aid link.
- Telephone - call the South England Conference on 01923 232 728 (Option 4). Available between Monday to Thursday from 9:30am to 4:30pm to take tithe and offerings by card payment.
Members who are tax payers are encouraged to participate in the Gift Aid programme in order to maximise the funds given to the Church. For every £1 given by participating members of the Gift Aid programme, the government returns to the Church 25p. If you pay tax at the higher rate, you can claim further tax relief through your Self-Assessment Tax Return. Find out more here.
What is Tithe?
The word “tithe” comes from an Old English root meaning “one tenth.” It is the common English translation for the Old Testament Hebrew asar word group. Throughout scripture there has been an acknowledgement and a command about returning one tenth of what we have to God. (Genesis 14:19-20, Genesis 28:20-22, Numbers 18:26, Leviticus 27:30, Malachi 3:8-10). Tithing is a form of worship of God —to honour Him as our ultimate provider and to be reminded that all of our resources belong to Him and are provided by Him. The tithe is sent to the South England Conference from where it is used to further God’s work.
What is Offering?
Oﬀering is what one freely gives to God. Normally, oﬀerings are given according to your own desire as there is no speciﬁc amount. Oﬀering is a form of expression of how much we love God and are thankful to Him for his abundant blessings in our lives. Throughout the Bible we see many people give oﬀerings to God and are moved because they love God and want to freely give to him. (Mark 12:41-44, Luke 6:38, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7). The oﬀering stays at the local church as is used for the functions and the running of the church (heating, electricity, repairs etc). This is also used for our community programmes such as: Fellowship Luncheon Club, Children’s Ministries, Pathﬁnders and the many more ways where our local church makes an impact in the community.