Methodist Churches to bring life and healing this Easter
02 February 2015
- Download and order resources here
Kanja is a 30 year old woman living with HIV in Kenya. She lives
in one room with her HIV-positive husband, a peasant farmer. They
have two daughters, a four-year old(also HIV-positive) and a
Following routine testing, Kanja was found to have cervical
cancer and was scheduled for a hysterectomy. Despite including
insurance covering most of her costs, Kanja still had to pay an
additional £110 for the operation - a sum of money she and her
husband could only dream of.
Thankfully, money donated in Britain covered the shortfall.
"We need to keep Kanja alive, as a person and child of God in
her own right, but also as a mother who needs to care for her two
young children - one with HIV and one who, we hope, will have a
future without HIV through preventative treatment," said Dr Claire
Smithson, a mission partner working as an HIV/Aids doctor at the
Maua Methodist hospital in Kenya. "We need mothers like Kanja to
stay healthy, bring up their children and reduce the numbers of
orphans in countries like Kenya."
The 2015 Easter Offering dedication service draws inspiration
from the prophetic vision of the Tree of Life that produces leaves
for healing (Revelation 22:2). All of the funds raised in the
service offerings will go towards the work of the Church's World
Mission Fund, to support work with people like Kanja all over the
The worship resources are free to download, or can be ordered
direct from Methodist Publishing
here (postage and packing charges will apply). The service
includes Bible passages, music and prayers. There is a slot for an
address, if required, although the service can be used without one.
There are also stories from partner Churches that are engaged in
healing, healthcare and reconciliation around the world.
The service has been written by a small task group of Methodist
Women in Britain (MWiB), led by former MWiB President, Jill Baker.
"It has been exciting to work on this year's service," said Jill.
"We have three stories of remarkable work of healing and
reconciliation going on around the world, enabled through the World
Mission Fund, coupled with a mixture of old and new hymns and
stirring bible passages. It would be wonderful if every
Methodist was able to share in this act of worship, which will also
be shared through Twitter in the week after Easter."
MWiB has also produced a series of reflections for each week in
Lent, linked to the Easter Offering and each based on the image of
a different tree. These can be found online