MAY 2020 – Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the constantly changing nature of the situation we have, in consultation with the Global Relationships team, had to reconsider the way forward with the Easter Offering 2020. Please note that the information in the following letter from Carolyn Lawrence supercedes all previous information regarding the 2020 Easter Offering:
IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT EASTER OFFERING 2020
As we all know, the coronavirus is having a big impact on many aspects of our lives at the moment and many planned events are having to be postponed. You may be aware that we had already suggested that Easter Offering services should be held during the autumn. However, it now looks unlikely that autumn gatherings will take place, especially for elderly or vulnerable people.
Having spoken to the Global Relationships team, it has now been decided that we must further postpone the use of the 2020 Easter Offering materials, and therefore ‘Into All The World’ will now become the Easter Offering service theme for spring 2021. By postponing in this way, we hope that the Easter Offering will raise a good deal more money next Spring, when we will hopefully be able to gather together properly.
We will change the date on the downloadable materials to 2021, but if you have already printed materials with the 2020 date, they can of course still be used rather than wasted.
This therefore means that THERE WILL BE NO EASTER OFFERING SERVICE IN 2020.
Instead, we have agreed to work with the Global Relationships team to produce a short reflective act of worship for use in the autumn, on the theme of how Covid-19 is affecting our global church partners. Many extra grants have been sought from the World Mission Fund to help those who are really struggling at this time, and it would be good to encourage our ladies to make any contribution they can this year towards that specific work.
The service can be accessed online, or printed off for those without internet access, and used for individual reflection or in small groups, depending on what is allowed by then. Easter Offering envelopes could be distributed with the resource, and donations can be sent to the World Mission Fund directly.
So we would ask that you pass on the message that the Easter Offering 2020 materials will now be saved to use in spring 2021, but that later in the summer we will send out a link to a simple service based on the impact of Covid-19, to use in autumn 2020.
If you have any questions, do get in touch with us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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on behalf of the MWIB Executive