Membership in the Parish is above all, a spiritual relationship among all those who make up the “Body of Christ” in the area served by the Church of Kimisis Tis Theotokou of the Hamptons. In this sense, it implies membership in the Orthodox Faith – whether one was born and baptized Orthodox, or was received into the Orthodox Church through Chrismation. Membership has two further dimensions.
First, it means participating in the Church’s life: applying its teachings to everyday life; worshipping regularly with the body of the faithful; taking part in the religious, social and educational life of the Parish; sharing in its programs and serving in whatever way one is best able.
Second, it means assuming a fair portion of the responsibility for meeting the Parish’s financial needs. In keeping with the New Testament ideal, we at Kimisis try to meet most of our budgetary needs through the Stewardship Program, that is each household, or each individual over 18, annually pledge an amount freely and voluntarily decided upon, an amount compatible with the ability to give. “Dues” may be appropriate for a club or similar organization, but a Church is not just another organization. Rather, it is an understanding of the Christian concept of stewardship. Certainly, it is easy for us to share equally the financial goals of our community. Yet, everyone is blessed differently and enjoys a different level of material wealth. The Lord teaches us to give according to the abundance we have received.
Our Church in the Hamptons has long established this concept of Fair Share, rather than dues, to support its financial needs. This concept has provided our Parish with the ability to understand the concept of giving rather than paying for our Church and her ministries.
Stewardship pledges should be made in November of the preceding year. This is vital, as it enables us to plan, as any responsible household must, for the year ahead. A guide to follow is one dollar per week for each thousand dollars of annual income. Thus, your gift to the church is based upon your income according to the degree that Christ has blessed you. Payment of the pledged amount may be made in any schedule the family finds most convenient – weekly, monthly, quarterly, lump sum, etc. All pledge information is kept confidential.
The Stewardship Committee would be happy to answer any questions regarding our Stewardship Program. All questions should be directed to the Church Office.