The Gates Presbyterian congregation participates in four Presbyterian Church (USA) Special Offering opportunities.
One Great Hour of Sharing
||Since 1949, Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development. Recognizing that the hope we have in Christ is lived out in our hope for one another, we respond with gifts that help our sisters and brothers around the world find the hope for a brighter future. At GPC, this offering is usually collected on Palm Sunday.
||This denominational second mile giving opportunity provides a direct way to meet the needs of children at risk, youth and young adults. GPC, keeps forty percent of what is received to support our ministries that benefit these age groups. The General Assembly’s portion (remaining 60 percent) provides leadership development opportunities for Presbyterian youth and young adults. It also supports children-at-risk programs at the national level. At GPC, we have used our portion of the offering in various ways through the years. Some of those are: work project scholarships, Jamaica Basic School project, School supplies for children in Jamaica.
Peace & Global Witness Offering
(previously Peacemaking Offering)
Promotes the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world.
Twenty-five percent of the offering received is used for local ministries of peacemaking within the church and its community. Twenty-five percent is used by presbyteries and synods, and 50% is used by the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program. The offering is collected in conjunction with World Communion Sunday in October.
Christmas Joy Offering
||A cherished Presbyterian tradition since the 1930’s. Because Advent and Christmas shine a light not only on our world’s greatest hope but also on our world’s greatest need, the PC (USA) provides this timely opportunity for congregations to support causes specifically designed to bring Good News of Great Joy to the poor in circumstance or spirit. Undesignated gifts to the Christmas Joy Offerings will be distributed equally to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions and to support student scholarships at Presbyterian related racial ethnic schools and colleges.