09 November 2012
Socks? DVDs? Give something a little different this Christmas
The Methodist Church hopes to spread a little Christmas cheer across the nation and the world with the latest edition of A Gift of Christmas.
- Available free as an ebook - download here.
A Gift of Christmas is a small book that celebrates the big story behind the festive season. It is designed for churches and individuals to give away to their friends, neighbours and communities.
"Christmas is a wonderful time when the boundaries between people seem to melt away," said the Revd Dr Mark Wakelin, President of the Methodist Conference. "It's a wonderful opportunity for Christians to share the love of God with their neighbours and friends. It's a story that's too good to keep to ourselves and A Gift of Christmas makes sharing it even easier."
The latest edition features prayer, poetry and excerpts from Christmas carols, as well as classic scriptural readings. A special edition in Cantonese is being prepared for use in Hong Kong. In addition to the paper booklet, people can download A Gift of Christmas free in the epub format compatible with most ebook readers.
A Gift of Christmas is also ideal for small-group and personal reflection. Nearly 300,000 copies of previous editions of the book have been sold and given away since 2009.
The booklets can be purchased from Methodist Publishing at the price of £5 for 50 copies plus postage and packaging. In addition to the paper booklet, people can download A Gift of Christmas free in the epub format compatible with most ebook readers. A free PowerPoint presentation of the booklet will soon be available to download here.
On Advent Sunday (2 December) Methodists around Britain will make a special Advent Offering of funds in their services. All of the money raised by the Offering will go to the Mission in Britain Fund, which gives grants to support work across Britain's communities. The Church's free Advent materials feature worship and prayer resources alongside stories that show how grants are making a huge difference to Britain's communities.