Alabaster Offering

What is an Alabaster Offering?
 
The offering got its name from the story of the woman in the New Testament who poured anointment on the feet of Jesus from an Alabaster jar - what she gave was a great sacrifice for her -  this offering is in addition to the monies given to the World Evangelism Fund, which supports our missionarnies and their infrastructure.  The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world.
 
Alabaster Offerings go toward the purchase of buiildings to be used as churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers, or the purchase of land and construction of new buildings to be used for these same purposes.  
 
While we understand the church consists of the people of God and the church is not a building, buildings erected for the purpose of ministry help provide a sense of permanence, functionally enhance ministry efforts, and convey an attitude that the Church of the Nazarene intends to "put down roots."

 How Are Alabaster Offerings Received?

The Alabaster Offering gets to the mission field via several avenues. The most widely used is the Alabaster Box. A special box, or any other container, that is used by individuals to regularly contribute the cost of items they desire but do not need. The boxes also serve as reminders to pray for those people who will benefit from Alabaster land and buildings.

Traditionally, in September and February, the money is collected during a regular worship time where the entire church gathers. Sometimes a "march offering" is received with individuals carrying their boxes to the front of the church and pouring the money into a large offering container.

The way an offering is received is as varied as the world areas in which the Church of the Nazarene has a presence; however, it is always accompanied with a spirit of rejoicing.

All ages are encouraged to participate in Alabaster offerings!

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