Hope is coming this advent
09 October 2015
A free advent resource,
'Keeping Hope Alive', has been released today by the Methodist
Focusing on the significant works of the Methodist Church's
Mission in Britain Fund, the free resources include real-life
stories, leader's notes, a service outline and suggested
One such story comes from Laura, who came across the Parson
Cross Initiative (PXI), a Mission in Britain funded project,
following a period of severe bi-polar illness. Separated from her
two children, her job, her home and her support network, Laura was
isolated and vulnerable; until last year when she joined an art
group run by PXI.
Speaking about the project, Laura said "The people running PXI
offered me acceptance, friendship, practical support, home-cooked
soup and love. Sometimes hope is like a candle flame that has
almost gone out; it doesn't go out, but sometimes I need friends to
remind me that it is still there."
Laura is now actively involved in the art group, creative
writing group, gardening club and is about to become a member of
her local Methodist church.
Since last year's Advent Offering resource, 'Watching and
Waiting', generous giving to Mission in Britain has allowed the
Methodist Church to support more than 20 projects like the Parson
Cross Initiative across the UK.
The Revd Steven Wild, President of the Methodist Conference,
added "The excellent 'Keeping Hope Alive' resource is a great
opportunity to see just a snippet of the good works done across
Britain by the Methodist Church. Putting on an Advent Offering
service is one way in which you can help support others and get
If you would like to put on an Advent Offering service in your
church, you can find out more information and register your event