If you have a little one going to church or a slightly larger one going to youth group, you need to let us know. This is an important part of our child protection and child safety process. In order to allow your child/young person to join either of these programs, it is a requirement that you have filled out this form.
Any activity involving children and youth at the Redlands Presbyterian church must be a ChildSafe event. Childsafe is a system developed to ensure that events and volunteers have been carefully organised to protect the most precious members of our church - the next generation. You can find out more about the "ChildSafe" system here.
This means that any volunteer who wants to help out with children's programs must have a valid "Blue Card". Also, they must be an approved ChildSafe team member. This involves training in our child safety system.
In order to take the steps to becoming an approved team member, please contact the church office or Jennie Baddeley. Jennie can direct you in this process.
Christian giving comes from our understanding of the gospel. Because it is in the cross of Jesus that we see true generousity. Jesus, "though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." (2 Cor 8:9).
All the ministries that are run at The Redlands Presbyterian Church are dependent on the giving of our members. 2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us that: "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." If you are a member of our church, we encourage you: Give prayerfully, generously and cheerfully.
1. Direct Deposit
This is our preferred way of receiving donations. There are no fees attached to a direct deposit transaction. The details for our bank account are:
NAME: The Redlands Presbyterian Church
2. Giving during the service.
There is usually an opportunity to receive gifts to the work of the Redlands Presbyterian during a service. This is for our members and visitors are encouraged to let the bag pass them by.
Living out the gospel is important to us. We follow a Saviour who calls us to be honest and sincere. We try and do this with money.
What happens with my money?
If you put it in the bag on a Sunday, it's counted by two people, who sign off on each other's amounts. These people are approved by the Session and usually count the money where they can be seen by others. This is then banked and the amount is recorded in the church's financial accounts.
If you put your money in the church's bank account, this is recorded in the church's financial accounts.
The church accounts are review each month by the Finance Sub Committee, made up of the Committee of Management Delegate Chair, the Treasurer and the Finance Officer. These accounts are then reviewed at each Committee of Management meeting.
Each year, an external auditor is appointed to examine the financial accounts. He or she reports findings to the Committee of Management, who present them to the congregation.
Each year, the members of the congregations at Redlands vote to accept the budget for the following year, which details how the money is to be spent and the expected income for the year.
Why do we spend money?
We need money to make ministry happen. The ministry team are appointed to equip and encourage congregations to be making Christ known and growing in Christ. So, we use money to pay the ministry team to free them up to do this. We use money for resources for ministry (such as the photocopier), for keeping the buildings maintained and for handy extras, like electricity.
As much as possible, members of the ministry team do not handle money.
If you'd like to have a look at the financial accounts, contact email@example.com