11 November 2011
Before the tree, before the cake, comes A Gift of Christmas
At a time when many homes may be feeling the pinch, the
Methodist Church is asking people to share the spirit of Christmas
in their communities by giving away A Gift of Christmas, the latest
booklet in their popular series.
For the first time ever the Church has also made available a free ebook for people to preview the printed version, or just to use themselves. The 2011 edition of A Gift of Christmas is the third with a festive theme, following Christmas In Your Pocket in 2009 and the first A Gift of Christmas in 2010.
The new A Gift of Christmas celebrates the nativity story with verses from the new Methodist hymn collection, Singing The Faith, along with Bible passages and stunning images. People will find quotes from the likes of Edward Caswall and John Bell in this new version of the booklet.
Ruth Pickles, Vice President of the Methodist Conference, said: "A Gift of Christmas is an exceptional gift. This pocket-sized booklet contains enough good news to bring joy to anyone who receives it. Slip one into any other gift you may be giving, or through your neighbour's door. In beautiful illustrations and familiar words, it tells the story of a baby born in Bethlehem - born to be our saviour."
The ebook edition is available in the epub format that can be used on many ebook readers. Dave Webster, Internet Communications Coordinator, said: "Ebooks have really taken off this year. We hope that the A Gift of Christmas ebook will show people how stunning the printed copy is and help them in their personal devotion at this special time of year. The booklet is a great way to share the meaning of the Christmas story with friends and neighbours, and the ebook version offers another way to do this."
A Gift of Christmas is designed for churches and individuals to give away and is also ideal for small-group and personal reflection. More than 100,000 copies of the second edition of the book were sold last year.
It can be purchased from www.methodistpublishing.org.uk at the price of £5 for 50 copies plus postage and packaging. A free PowerPoint presentation of the booklet is also available to download.