09 October 2015

Hope is coming this advent

A free advent resource, 'Keeping Hope Alive', has been released today by the Methodist Church.

Focusing on the significant works of the Methodist Church's Mission in Britain Fund, the free resources include real-life stories, leader's notes, a service outline and suggested prayers.

One such story comes from Laura, who came across the Parson Cross Initiative (PXI), a Mission in Britain funded project, following a period of severe bi-polar illness. Separated from her two children, her job, her home and her support network, Laura was isolated and vulnerable; until last year when she joined an art group run by PXI.

Speaking about the project, Laura said "The people running PXI offered me acceptance, friendship, practical support, home-cooked soup and love. Sometimes hope is like a candle flame that has almost gone out; it doesn't go out, but sometimes I need friends to remind me that it is still there."

Laura is now actively involved in the art group, creative writing group, gardening club and is about to become a member of her local Methodist church.

Since last year's Advent Offering resource, 'Watching and Waiting', generous giving to Mission in Britain has allowed the Methodist Church to support more than 20 projects like the Parson Cross Initiative across the UK.

The Revd Steven Wild, President of the Methodist Conference, added "The excellent 'Keeping Hope Alive' resource is a great opportunity to see just a snippet of the good works done across Britain by the Methodist Church. Putting on an Advent Offering service is one way in which you can help support others and get involved."

If you would like to put on an Advent Offering service in your church, you can find out more information and register your event at www.methodist.org.uk/advent.

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