Covid – 19 Special Edition of Easter Offering Service
A simple act of worship to raise awareness of how Covid-19 has affected some of our World Church Partners, and how the Global Relationships Team is responding to new and increased needs.
Methodist Women in Britain and the Global Relationships Team have worked together to produce a simple act of worship that could be printed off and used during the Autumn by individuals in their homes, by small groups together or more generally by churches and circuits as restrictions continue to ease. The service aims to raise awareness of how Covid-19 has affected some of our World Church Partners, to discover how grants of £500,000 from the World Mission Fund have been helping people in our partner churches, to learn how we can pray for our sisters and brothers affected by this virus, and to encourage giving to the World Mission Fund which won’t this year receive the usual generous donations from the Easter Offering Service (postponed until 2021).
All material for the service can be downloaded at: www.mwib.org.uk/index.php/2020/09/02/covid-19-special-easter-offering-service/ as well as below.
Easter Offering 2021
Into All The World
SERVICE POSTPONED FROM 2020 - See www.mwib.org.uk/index.php/2020/05/22/easter-offering-new-information/
The Easter Offering 2021 dedication service features people who have made a journey: some in obedience to God’s call on their lives, and others because they had no choice.
The worship encourages us to reflect and learn from those who travel, and to consider our own journeys – both physical and spiritual.
Into All The World is an opportunity for churches, circuits and districts to celebrate God’s mission activity. It includes the dedication of the Easter Offering, all of which goes to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain, supporting and working with 65 Partner Churches around the world. Leader’s Notes give valuable guidance to assist local organisers in the preparation of the service.
- Use this order form to request your printed Into All The World resources, including your collection envelopes.
- Requests for Braille versions of the Order of Service must be placed by 6 March 2021.
- You can also download the resources below.
About Easter Offering
Each year, the Methodist Church holds an Easter Offering dedication service. This tradition dates back to 1883, when women in Manchester collected £32 for missionary work overseas from 'Christmas pennies' at family gatherings on Christmas Day. In March 1884, the London Districts distributed Easter envelopes and collecting bags asking for a penny a head, and collected around £100. In 1900, Women’s Work raised £1,655 for the work of overseas missions.
Since then, each successive Methodist women’s movement has encouraged donations in support of God’s mission. Recently, Methodist Women in Britain (supported by the Global Relationships team) have produced an annual service of dedication, often used widely around the Connexion as a circuit service.
All the money raised through the Easter Offering goes to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain for work in our 65 Partner Churches around the world. This money is used by overseas partners to fund such work as: enabling young women in north India to undertake nurse and midwifery training; supporting Brazilian women to work in their churches with vulnerable women and children; developing women’s leadership roles and integrating culture and art into worship across Brazil.
In 2019, collections from Easter Offering services raised over £370,000, thanks to the generosity of Methodist men, women and children.
We thank Methodist Women in Britain for running this appeal, and you for making a difference by contributing to God’s mission in this way.