Anciently, the Prophet Moses reminded the Israelite parents of the importance of educating their children in the importance of God’s commanded holy days. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).
One crucial area of our child rearing is to teach our children to give offerings. “Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee” (Deuteronomy 16:16-17).
This spring holy day season, be sure to teach your children the principle of cheerfully giving back to God according to how He has blessed them. “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
To help ensure you and your children’s holy days offerings are handled correctly and to help reduce the overall time spent processing offerings, please adhere to the following points.
- First, be sure your check, bank draft or money order is complete and accurate.Ensure that you have your full name and address, your accounting code, the abbreviation “hdo,” amounts that are legible and correct, and your signature on each.
- If possible, avoid giving cash (both bills and coins) because it could be lost or stolen during delivery by the courier or the postal service. However, we understand that young children may struggle with the concept of a check or money order and it would be acceptable to give cash to help facilitate their learning this very important lesson of giving an offering to God.
- For an older child who may not have a checking account, convert it into a check or money order and put it in the child’s personalized envelope. Be sure to note the child’s name, full address and account code (if known) on the check or money order. If your child doesn’t receive personalized envelopes, contact us to be sure we have his or her record in our database associated with your current mailing address.
If attending where offerings will be collected:
- Be sure to bring and use your personalized envelopes.
- Verify each envelope has your name, address and account code (in all caps above your name).
- Write the amount of your offering clearly in the box on the envelope.
- If you or your child didn’t receive personalized envelopes, ask an usher for an offering envelope well before services begin. Then, write your or your child’s full name and address on that envelope, and clearly write the amount of your offering to the right of the name for the offering count.
If attending where offerings are not collected or you cannot attend:
- Go to donate.pcg.church and complete your offering online. Otherwise, note the following steps:
- Write your or your child’s account code and “hdo” on each check, bank draft or money order. Ensure each offering also shows complete name and address on each offering.
- Do not write amounts on the outside of the envelope. Place your check in one personalized pre-addressed envelope, or your entire family’s checks in a standard non-personalized mailing envelope, and mail it to headquarters as you would tithes and offerings. Please add “Attn: Business Office” on any envelope used to send money to headquarters.
- You may want to “wrap” the contents of the mailing with an extra blank piece of paper to obscure what’s inside.
Thank you for following these instructions to make God’s operations more efficient, and educating your children in the vital principle of give.
In his book The God Family Vision, Royal Vision editor in chief Gerald Flurry writes, “If we do our part as parents, generally speaking we will have great young people who yearn to be taught about the God family vision and what it means to their future. …
“Parents: How will you prepare your children for God’s Work? You have a major responsibility to get them ready for that: to teach those little children why family, why marriage, why children—to declare the Father to them.”
Let’s all give, and teach our children to give, orderly and cheerfully, back to our generous great God!