Can your Church beat last year's Advent success?

Churches are being invited to register their support for the 2013 Advent offering taking place on 1 December this year. 

Last year, offerings from hundreds of churches across the Connexion enabled projects like the Plymouth Foodbank to supply food to thousands of people. With poverty at its highest level since the Second World War, support for mission at home is needed more than ever. The Mission in Britain Fund aids the fight against poverty in the UK, chaplaincy, sharing the gospel, ministering opportunities at Methodist Heritage sites and the use of church properties to serve local communities.

Victoria Ireland, Fundraising Manager, said: "After the success of the first Advent Offering last year we are really excited to see how church support will grow this year. The Mission in Britain Fund supports so many worthwhile projects; it's a great way to give to a variety of kingdom-building work with a single donation.  Make sure that your church doesn't miss out on being part of this special date in the Methodist calendar - save the date today: Sunday 1st December 2013."

The Crown Centre in Stonehouse Plymouth is a Methodist outreach project that encourages social interaction and education. It is also the base for the Plymouth Foodbank and the Oasis Project: a community hub set up by the Plymouth Methodist Circuit to host an internet cafe and external catering, training and development opportunities. Since September last year, the Plymouth Foodbank has given out three days worth of food to 5,900 people. A film launched today by Methodist Mission in Britain shows the difference that last year's Advent campaign made to people struggling with poverty. 

Staff and volunteers at the Crown Centre also help clients to become members of the team themselves. Alison Casey received a national volunteering award for inspiring 70 new recruits during her time at the centre. She became a Plymouth City Councillor in 2011 and was invited to meet the Queen in July this year. "The Crown Centre offers people a sense of belonging," she said. "I would probably have gone to prison if it were not for the Crown Centre."

Be the first to receive details of the Mission in Britain Advent Offering materials by emailing missionfunding@methodistchurch.org.uk or calling 020 7467 5117.

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Read more about how Mission in Britain is making a difference across the country in Mission Matters magazine.  

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