11 October 2010

Methodists gear up for great Christmas giveaway

Shops are already stacking their shelves with Christmas cards and presents, hoping to make a profit from early-bird shoppers. But the Methodist Church is encouraging people to give a free gift to their friends and neighbours this Christmas.

'A Gift of Christmas' is a brand new booklet from the Methodist Church that celebrates and reflects on the story of Christmas. It includes Bible passages, stunning images from the Methodist Collection of Modern Art, prayers and reflections from a variety of authors, including John Byrom, Valerie Collinson and Graham Kendrick. It's the latest in a highly successful series that includes 'A Gift of Peace', which has already sold nearly 15,000 copies.

"The birth of Christ is the greatest gift ever given to humankind and we want to celebrate Christmas by sharing that gift with others," said Deacon Eunice Attwood, Vice-President of the Methodist Conference and a contributor to the booklet. "A Gift of Christmas is an inspiring and engaging resource for churches to use to help their communities engage with the spirit of Christmas. Last year our Circuit literally gave away thousands of booklets, and we're really excited by this new publication."

'A Gift of Christmas' is designed for churches and individuals to give away and is also ideal for small-group and personal reflection. It can be purchased from www.methodistpublishing.org.uk at the price of £5 for 50 copies. A free nativity play script, written by Revd Howard Mellor, and a PowerPoint presentation of the booklet will both soon be available to download for free from here.
The booklet also includes excerpts from new Christmas hymns featured in 'Singing the Faith', the new Methodist hymn collection due to be published next summer.

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