‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.’ Ephesians 1v3

This year has been unlike any other year in the history of RLBC, virtually everything has changed, but our God is still the same faithful, lavish, generous, gracious Father. Every year our thank offering gives us the opportunity to thank our Lord for how great he is and respond by investing in his kingdom, and despite all that has happened this year, we still want to thank God. This offering is a tradition here at RLBC – the idea being that it happens once a year (around our anniversary), is entirely voluntary, and is on top of our normal giving.

I would like to invite you to participate in the Thank Offering to celebrate the 86th Anniversary of our Church. To assist in your prayerful consideration a list of the ministries supported last year are shown overleaf. RLBC also supports a variety of Mission organisations, such as Home Mission and BMS World Mission. We only send to charities regularly supported by the church.

If you would like any further information on any of these ministries please speak to me, Celia or any Deacon. Please make your gift by online banking, CAF Donate or by cheque. Full details on how to give by any of these methods is included below. Please make your donation to the Thank Offering by 31st October.

Gift AidGift Aid tax benefits may substantially increase your gift. However, if you wish to give personal support to a missionary, it may be more beneficial to them if gift aid is not claimed. In such circumstances your gift may be directed to the individual, as opposed to the relevant mission agency. Further information on supported charities and Gift Aid can be obtained from Peter Davis or Celia Clark.

We recall the sacrificial commitment of the folk who got the work started here at RLBC; of those who carried it forward; and now our fellow believers of today, who continue the work both here and elsewhere. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity – may we be joyful givers.

Yours sincerely,

John Smuts, Pastor

MINISTRIES REGULARLY SUPPORTED BY RLBC

THOSE SENT BY RLBC

Alex and Ellie Hawke – Interserve

Matthew and Rachel McNulty – WEC

RLBC/BAPTIST MINISTRIES

BMS World Mission – BMS World Mission works in around 35 countries on four continents. BMS personnel are mainly involved in church planting, development, disaster relief, education, media and advocacy.

BU Home Mission – Supporting Baptist Churches in the UK and contributing towards the cost of the Baptist Union and London Baptist Association.

CAP Debt Centre – offering free debt counselling to the local community in Harrow.

Crossroads Crisis Pregnancy – Providing advice and support in a friendly, loving and encouraging atmosphere to women and/or their partners experiencing a crisis pregnancy.

Fellowship Fund – giving support to those with particular needs

Mission Fund – general gifts to support mission

MISSION OVERSEAS AND IN THE UK

David & Holly Delameilleure – Kortrijk, Belgium (European Christian Mission)

Clenir Dos Santos – Pavement Project ministering to children around the world (SGM Lifewords)

Lily of the Valley – Children’s Orphanage (HIV) in South Africa

Esther Moysey – SIM

Brian and Patti Nelson – Christar USA minsitering to UK

Re:Gen – Christian schools workers ministering in primary schools in Harrow

Janie Robson – working at Potter’s Village in Uganda

Tony and Cath Swanson – Africa Inland Mission

Making a gift to the Thank Offering

If you would like to make a donation to the Thank Offering, this can be done by online banking, CAF Donate or by cheque. Please make your donation by 31st October.

Giving by bank transfer

Gifts may be made directly to the church bank account.

Account name: Rayners Lane Baptist Church. Sort Code: 40 52 40. Account Number: 00022474.

So that we can allocate your gift, please type Thank Offering in the payee reference. If you have completed a gift aid declaration we will claim gift aid on applicable donations.

CAF Donate

You may also give through CAF Donate – please click here.

A small charge is made to the church for gifts given in this way, and if you are a UK taxpayer you can gift aid your donation.

Giving by cheque

If you would like to make a gift by cheque please make your cheque payable to Rayners Lane Baptist Church and place your cheque in an envelope marked ‘Thank Offering’. Your cheque may be given in at church during office hours or on any Sunday in October, if you have an invitation to the service. If you have completed a gift aid declaration we will claim gift aid on applicable donations.

Allocation of Thank Offering gifts

If you make your gift by bank transfer or CAF Donate, please email our Treasurer, indicating how you would wish your gift to be distributed. If you make your gift by cheque, please write on the Thank Offering envelope how you would wish your gift to be distributed.