Easter Offering

The Easter Offering 2017 dedication service, Shine like Stars (Philippians 2:15), will feature stories from nationals in mission appointments (NMAs) in Brazil, Ghana and Pakistan, whom the World Mission Fund supports.

Each one is shining the light of God's love and hope into a challenging environment as they engage in God's mission in their own locality. The worship will encourage us to consider how we might learn from these NMAs and find new ways to "shine like stars" in our own communities, and discover the light of Christ in others.

Once again, children's resources associated with the theme will be available for download, as well as a full PowerPoint presentation containing photos to accompany the stories. This service provides an opportunity for a circuit to gather and celebrate God's mission activity in the wider world. It includes the dedication of the Easter Offering - all of which goes to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain and Ireland, supporting 65 Partner Churches overseas. Leader's notes give valuable guidance to assist local organisers in the preparation of the service.

To order your 2017 resources, please complete and return the order form below.

Easter Offering 2017 Order Form (Pdf)

Materials will be available to download free from this page and www.mwib.org.uk from December 2016, with additional images and reflections for use during Lent 2017 on the Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) website in January.



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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