Easter Offering

Christian mission has always involved risk, for risk is at the heart of the Christian gospel. The Easter Offering service for 2014 invites us to "risk the path he trod" (Taken from Rosemary Wakelin's hymn 'One human family God has made' (Singing the Faith 687) Read an interview with Rosemary here) in our own situations and as part of the world Church family.

It is suitable for a circuit service and includes the dedication of the Easter Offering, all of which goes to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain. The service includes Bible passages, music, prayers and stories from around the world. It does not require a guest speaker, although there is an opportunity for local input, particularly from a serving or former mission partner. One of the stories will be available as a video for churches with the facility to project this. (Alternative suggestions are included where these facilities are not available.)

Resources for the 2014 Easter Offering 

To order your 2014 resources, please complete and return the form below to Norwich Books and Music (full details are on the form).

Order form for Easter Offering 2014 Resources  (Pdf)

Downloadable resources (all Pdf format)

Order of Service - A5 booklet format (English)
Order of Service - A5 booklet format (Welsh)  

Order of Service - Large Print for printing on A4 sheets (English)
Order of Service - Large Print for printing on A4 sheets (Welsh) 

Leaders' Notes (English)
Leaders' Notes (Welsh) 

Poster (English) 
Poster (Welsh) 

Story 1 (English) 
Story 1 (Welsh)   

Story 2 (English) 
Story 2 (Welsh) 

Story 3 (English) 
Story 3 (Welsh) 

Butterfly Template (colour)
Butterfly Template (greyscale) 

PowerPoint presentation
Order of Service for the Projectionist

Video of Jill Baker interviewing former Mission Partner Julia Edwards about her experiences in Fiji, where people are facing the reality of climate change

Download mp4 video file 
(Right-click and choose 'Save Target As' to save this to your computer NB - Large file: 82Mb)

 

About Easter Offering

Each year, the Methodist Church holds an Easter offering dedication service. The tradition of the Easter Offering dates back to 1883 when women in Manchester collected £32 from 'Christmas pennies' at family gatherings on Christmas Day at lunch for Missionary work overseas. In March 1884, the London Districts distributed Easter envelopes and collecting bags asking for a penny a head and just over £100 was collected.

From this success, the idea grew and by 1900 the amount totalled £1,655. In 1903 Easter offerings were extended to all country chapels. 'Let us bear in mind,' they wrote, 'the importance of the "Littles"'.

Through gifts great and small, the Easter Offering has become a significant feature of the World Church. In 1986, the Bicentenary year, it totalled nearly £200,000. Throughout the country, effort focuses on the annual envelope collection for the Fund for World Mission through the Easter Offering and the associated service of dedication.

This reflects the long history of commitment to overseas work by the women of Methodism, and the recognition that local specific relationships with oversea projects and World Church in Britain partnerships are given broader meaning by a national focus. The theme and service are different every year.

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