Giving up is good for the world: new pack aims to help Methodists with self-denial

Members of Horsforth and Bramley Methodist circuit in Leeds have had their prayers answered and may soon be celebrating by denying themselves! Only eight months after their memorial to Conference on self-denial a new pack, Take Up Your Cross, has been produced in time for Lent, designed to raise support for and increase giving to for the Fund for World Mission, which shares in the Church's mission worldwide.

Self-denial is more than just giving up chocolate for Lent, said Michael King, Team Leader for World Church Relationships for the Methodist Church. 'People can cut back on luxuries such as watching TV, give old clothes to charity or volunteer to help in their community,' he says 'Take Up Your Cross is an important contribution for individuals and churches who want to take giving seriously. Self-denial for Christians is as much about justice as charity, and this resource is for those who want to be challenged and involved as part of the Methodist Church's overall strategy towards those in need throughout the world.'

'We have always strongly supported self-denial practices designed to deepen one's spiritual life and help those in need, by giving any money saved through self denial to good causes,' said Connexional Mission Support Worker John Newton, who worked on the new resource. 'We're glad to see so many British Methodists asking for this new resource on self- denial. Although Horsforth and Bramley circuit brought the matter to the 2005 Conference, we receive dozens of calls a month about self- denial, and this pack will answer all those questions and more.'

Self-denial stresses solidarity with those in poorer areas of the globe who have no luxuries, and value the few possessions they have. In order to assist those in such areas giving has always been at the heart of self-denial events, and the new self-denial pack will include Fund for World Mission gift-aid envelopes so that taxpayers can increase the value of any offering.

Take Up Your Cross will help to resource and inform those organising self-denial events in their churches, by giving information about mission, self-denial, helping the poor, and the work of the Fund for World Mission, as well as listing resources available to support self- denial activities.


The new Self-denial Pack is available from mph. Order Code HA378. (Tel: 01733 325002 online sales: www.mph.org.uk)
More information can be found in the 'Latest News' section of the Mission Education web pages www.methodist .org.uk (site ref ME111203)

The Fund for World Mission supports mission work carried out by 61 partner churches worldwide. Last year it gave over £2.5 million in grants.

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