03 April 2014

Take a spin on the Wheel of Generosity


People are being encouraged to spin an online Wheel of Generosity and commit to small acts of kindness as part of a new campaign from the Methodist Church.

A Generous Life is designed to help Christians rethink together what it means to be generous in their local contexts.

"Every act of generosity, however small, bears witness to our generous and loving God," said the Revd Dr Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church. "Generosity can be expressed in many ways, whether through financial giving, dedicating your time to help someone else, or sharing freely your skills and creativity. A Generous Life is a great opportunity to rethink what it might mean for each of us to act generously as disciples of Jesus in our everyday lives."

A range of resources is available here to help congregations explore their vision, commitment and generosity within the local church and its community. The resources are suitable for use at any time of year, but are ideal for Aldersgate Sunday (18 May), when churches remember the day in 1738 on which John Wesley 'experienced confirmation of his salvation by the grace of God.'

A special, one-off issue of ROOTS magazine has also been produced, which features worship planning materials for adult and all-age services, as well as children's and youth groups.Every Thursday, people will be encouraged to say 'thank you' on Twitter to those who have made a difference in their lives, however great or small, using the #thankyouthursday hashtag. They can also share their own stories of what generosity means to them when they register for campaign updates.  

When asked about the people who had inspired them to be generous, one respondent said: "When the woman who worked as my cleaner and childminder in South Africa (a 'domestic worker') offered to take on an AIDS orphan who was rummaging through our bin on bin collection day - she had so little but was willing to give so much. It inspired me to adopt a child permanently as a member of our family."

Another said: "I am what I am today because of the generosity of time and energy of my Boys' Brigade Officers in Scotland. I was there for five years, walked out at the end of those five years and have never seen them again. They may think they had failed but they planted a seed. One day we will meet again and they will be so surprised that I not only became a Christian but a minister."


A range of images to accompany the campaign can be found online here.

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