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
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
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
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.