"On either side of the river is the tree of life ...
and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations."
As we hear the world news, we see the need for reconciliation
and healing - of individuals, communities and nations. Jesus
sent out the first disciples to "proclaim the kingdom of God
and to heal" (Luke 9:2). Wholeness remains part of the Good
News which the Church offers.
The Easter Offering 2015 dedication service draws inspiration
from the prophetic visions, in the Old and New Testaments, of
the Tree of Life producing leaves for healing. We hear stories
from Partner Churches engaged in healing and healthcare and
from countries around the world where the Church is involved in
national and international reconciliation.
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 also
includes Bible passages, music, prayers and stories from
around the world. There is a slot for an address, if required,
although the service can be used without one.
Resources for the 2015 Easter Offering
To order your 2015 resources, please complete and return the
form below to Norwich Books and Music (full details are on the
Order form for Easter Offering 2015
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
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.