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    Covid-19 Special – Easter Offering Service

    Covid-19 Special – Easter Offering Service
    September 2, 2020 Judith Simms

    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.

    Introduction
    This is a year unlike any other! Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing
    lockdown, our 2020 Easter Offering services have sadly had to be postponed. We hope that
    the resources on the theme ‘Into all the world’ will be used next Spring so that none of the
    time spent in preparation nor the resources in printing will be wasted.

    In consultation with the Global Relationships team, we at Methodist Women in Britain felt
    it may be helpful to produce a simple act of worship that could be printed off and used
    during the Autumn by individuals in their homes if they are shielding, by small groups
    together or more generally by churches and circuits as restrictions continue to ease. The
    idea is that we raise awareness of how Covid-19 has affected some of our World Church
    Partners, discover how grants from the World Mission Fund have been helping people in
    our partner churches, learn how we can pray for our sisters and brothers affected by this
    virus and to encourage giving to this fund which won’t this year receive the usual generous
    donations from the Easter Offering Service. We suggest that alongside the distribution of
    this act of worship, you give out some Easter Offering donation envelopes to encourage
    people to give to the World Mission Fund as they are able. Financial advice is appended on
    the end of this service outline.

    The Coronavirus outbreak has affected us all in different ways but for those around the
    world already struggling to make ends meet and living in densely populated areas where
    social distancing is an impossibility, the virus has made already difficult situations almost
    unbearable. The Methodist Church in Britain continues to support its partners in this time
    of epidemic: in solidarity, prayer and financial support for their work. To date since the
    beginning of a global lockdown in March, the World Mission Fund has dispersed over
    £500,000 in support for the work of our global partners and continues to offer help where it
    is needed.

    Download the service here