Walk in Love as Christ loved us and gave of himself for us. Ephesians 5:2
The ministries of St. James are profoundly relevant to our Church community, to those around us, and God’s walk with us. Our ministries empower, uplift, and befriend—sometimes reaching people who felt they were forgotten. These ministries restore hope—offering an ear to listen, a hand to hold and the patient gift of silence and simply being together. These ministries are creative and engaging, sometimes launching people on paths they never knew were possible. Our ministries serve, feed, worship, share and welcome. They are the way we walk in love together.
The mission at St. James, Woodstock—To Love God and To Love Our Neighbors—calls us toward intentional generosity, to include sharing our time, talent, and treasure. Some members tithe, giving ten percent of their income to the church, some members give proportionally, committing a certain percentage to our ministries, and others simply give as they are able. What is important is that you walk in love with us and with God, offering as much as you are able, to support and sustain our life of ministry in God’s Kingdom.
We invite you to prayerfully discern the impact that the ministries at St. James offer to us and to our community. Then allow yourself to be led by God to consider the many ways we are challenged to go out and walk in love in our community!
Your commitment to our pledge campaign is an essential gift that enables St. James’ transformational ministries in Woodstock and beyond. Walk in Love with us!
A Guide to Financial Giving at St. James’
At St. James Episcopal Church, we encourage generosity in every aspect of our common life: through the ways we volunteer our time to the church and wider community; through the ways we offer our specific gifts and talents in service of our Lord; and in the ways we use our financial resources. We believe that responsible and disciplined financial stewardship – giving back to God a portion of what God has given us – is critical to spiritual health. By giving freely and bountifully to God through the ministry of our parish, we enable a tremendous amount of good work to be done within and outside the walls of our Church.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a “pledge?”
A pledge is a commitment to give a certain amount of money to sustain the Church community and to encourage growth. You are welcome here, and your pledge helps us extend that welcome to others. Your pledge to St. James’ says, “I am part of this community and I want to show that this parish and its values are important to me.”
Why does my pledge mean so much to St. James’?
At St. James’ we depend almost exclusively on pledges to fund and fulfill our mission. Our Annual Church Fair funds our outside mission projects but all the funds needed to sustain the life of our community come from our members’ pledges. Indeed, unlike some denominations, we receive no money from the Diocese or National Church. Quite the opposite: we pay an annual assessment to help fund the ministry of the wider church.
How do I decide how much to pledge to St. James’?
Your giving is as personal as your prayer life, and only you can know what is right for you at this stage of your journey. The important thing is to make a heartfelt commitment. You’ll find that as St. James’ grows, you are growing too.
Who sees my pledge?
The only people who see your pledge, besides God, are the Stewardship Chair, the Parish Treasurer, and the Assistant Treasurer. These are kept in strict confidence.
With whom may I speak for additional information?
Feel free to be contact our Rector, Amy Spagna, or our Administrator, Sari White by calling the Parish Office (802-457-1727) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I pledge?
We ask you to tell us about your pledge by completing a pledge card — either in person or online. Pledges can be made weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually. The pledging process is simple and tax statements are issued to those who wish to deduct their pledge contributions from their taxable income. Weekly offering envelopes, if requested, are made available soon after pledges are received.