20 May 2018
Aldersgate Sunday is a great opportunity to celebrate the work of God in our lives, and to reflect on how we can respond to all that God has given us.
In the Methodist Church calendar, Aldersgate Sunday is the Sunday nearest to 24 May (traditionally known as 'Wesley Day') or the Sunday before it. It commemorates a life-changing moment in the Christian journey of John Wesley, the most prominent of the founders of Methodism.
For hymns for Aldersgate Sunday see Singing the Faith Plus
Feast of Faith resources
To commemorate Aldersgate Sunday, we invite you to plan a Feast of Faith.
In the context of a joyful sharing of food, and inspired by John Wesley's 'Aldersgate' experience, encourage your church members to talk about how their experiences of God's love and grace have changed their lives or are inspiring mission in your church or community.
For you and every member of your church, Feast of Faith should be about:
- your relationship with God
- your story
- your thankful response to the call to live generously.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your free pack or download everything you need to hold your very own Feast of Faith here:
- background information about Aldersgate Sunday and John Wesley's experience
- ideas for your Feast of Faith event and prompts to start the conversation flowing
- organiser's prompt sheet
- organiser's notes
- ways to respond by talking boldly about the Methodist Church's need for financial resources and the opportunity to become a regular giver to its mission funds through the #igive2mission fundraising campaign.
We also want Aldersgate Sunday to become an annual opportunity for the Methodist people to consider, or reassess, their giving as part of their discipleship. How might your congregation respond to the work of God in their lives: how we can each live more generously?
In particular, we want to encourage individual Methodists to consider making a regular commitment to support the mission work of the Methodist Church, especially across Britain. Many of us have regular financial commitments to charities close to our hearts, but do these include the mission funds of the Methodist Church?
To help you to talk boldly about money and encourage regular donations to the Methodist Church's grant-making funds, we are launching a campaign called #igive2mission, with supporting web content, a video and a leaflet for people to take away and prayerfully consider.
*Extract from Martin Luther's Preface to the Letter of St Paul to the Romans (1552) translated by Bro Andrew Thornton © 1983 St Anselm Abbey