What about the Offering?

When will they take the offering?”
“How will it be collected?”
“How much am I expected to give?”
“Do they want guests to contribute too?”
“What if I can’t or don’t want to give?”
 
These are typical worries about church offerings for someone who is new to a church. In fact, we know that when it is time for the offering, it is a bit of an awkward time for first time guests. We understand. That’s why every Sunday, when it comes time for the offering, the following note (or something like it) appears in the service folder:
The offering is a way for members at Mt. Calvary to show their thanks to God for the financial blessings he has given them by supporting the work of this congregation. If you’re our guest this morning, we’re glad to have you here, therefore please feel no compulsion to make an offering, but freely participate if you desire to do so.
 
The Bible teaches that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. It teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God. Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give.
 
We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. Offering envelopes are available and keep our gifts a private matter known only to God. We look to Christ and his love to motivate us in our giving, whether it is a child putting in coins or an adult writing out a check. You may wish at first to learn more about our ministry before bringing your offerings to God through our church, but you are always welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.