Easter Offering

"On either side of the river is the tree of life ...
and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 22:2)

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 form).

Order form for Easter Offering 2015 Resources  (Pdf)

Downloadable versions of the 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 2 (English)  
Story 3 (English)  

Leaf Template (colour) 

 

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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