IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EASTER OFFERING 2020
As you are aware, Methodist Churches are temporarily closed due to the current health crisis, just at the time when many churches are giving out their Easter Offering envelopes and planning services for the coming weeks. It is, of course, up to local churches, circuits and districts to administer the practicalities of the Easter Offering as they see fit, but after some discussion, and in response to concerns expressed from around the Connexion, the MWiB Executive is suggesting that if possible, the Easter Offering should be POSTPONED.
We suggest that the envelopes should be put out in churches (or distributed in your usual way) at the beginning of OCTOBER, and Easter Offering services rearranged to take place in NOVEMBER.
(We understand that the Advent Offering will not be taking place this year, so we anticipate no conflict.)
Obviously the envelopes, materials, and resources will all remain the same (you will find links to these below), and money should be paid into the World Church Fund (cheques made payable to “World Church Fund” not MWiB) in the usual way – it is only the timing that will change.
We hope that you will understand our thinking on this, and thank you for your continued support of the Easter Offering.
18 March 2020
INTO ALL THE WORLD
This year’s Easter Offering service is on the theme of journeys and marks the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Mayflower and the 260th anniversary of Methodist Overseas Mission starting in Antigua. Featured in the service are stories of five journeys across time of people who have travelled for different reasons – some in obedience to God’s call on their lives, and others because they had no choice. The worship will encourage us to reflect and learn from those who travel and to consider our own journeys – both physical and spiritual.
Into all the world provides an opportunity for churches, circuits and districts to gather and celebrate God’s mission activity in the wider world. 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 our 65 Partner Churches around the world.
Download the Easter Offering 2020 resources order form here
* Requests for Braille versions of the Order of Service must be placed by 6 March 2020.
Download Easter Offering 2020 resources (including PowerPoint) here
Lent Reflections on the theme are available to download here