Great 50 Days of Easter – District Initiative 2022

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The Great 50 Days of Easter run from Easter Sunday (17th April) to Pentecost Sunday (5th June) and this year we’re offering an opportunity to explore more urgently and more deeply than perhaps we have for some time, just how we're called to be 'Easter People', filled with the hope of Christ alive within us; ready
to experience more of God's spirit in us and through us, transforming the world.

What are we offering?

We’re putting together an offering for the Great 50 Days of Easter, that you can engage with in full or use in part. Within the district, we’re encouraging you and your churches to look at these different options that we’re promoting:

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  • The Kindness Course: 

    Written by the Revd Dr David Perry last year, and is a great opportunity to explore how we can be responding to the gospel by living kind, generous, open-hearted lives, that are in themselves evangelistic, because we’re reaching out in kind and generous ways. Find out more below.

  • Platinum Jubilee:

    Pentecost Sunday coincides with the Platinum Jubilee, and as an outcome of the Kindness Course, we hope this may lead you to engage in local generosity. We’re encouraging you to join in and be a leading part of community Platinum Jubilee events. Find out more below.

  • All We Can:

    Again from the Kindness Course, we hope this may lead you to engage in global generosity. We are pleased to be in partnership with All We Can and encourage you to use this as one of the ways you can show kindness to those affected by poverty and inequality. Find out more below.

Resources and Offerings

See below for more information on the different options available for you and your church to engage with, either in full or in part.
You will also find resources to download and details of other ways we are resourcing local circuits, churches, or individuals to make the most of these opportunities. 

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The Kindness Course

Extravagant Generosity and Unexpected Acts of Kindness – walking God’s stepping stones of love

A six-week bible study on the theme of generosity and kindness, which helps us explore and practice generosity and kindness as disciples of Jesus.

Within the district, we’re encouraging you and your churches to embrace the Kindness Course written last year by the Revd Dr David Perry, District Mission Consultant, as it is a great opportunity to explore how we can be responding to the gospel by living kind, generous, open-hearted lives, that are in themselves evangelistic, because we’re reaching out in kind and generous ways.

“Each of us has our own story to tell of how Covid-19 has impacted our lives and those of our families and friends and of the personal struggles that have ensued. It is also true that many of us have the sense that the church will never be the same again. We are undoubtedly living through a time of accelerated transformation; of profound challenges to what was and of great opportunities for that which is yet to be. The image of stepping stones provides a helpful analogy for what lies ahead.  As we pray, study and reflect together, this course of shared bible study encourages us to look at generosity and kindness as being two crucial and timely stepping stones that God is offering to the church as collectively we begin to consider what our next steps are to be. The course encourages us to share our own experiences of generosity and kindness and to consider how by being kind and generous we can reach out to our communities in new ways in this time of great need.”

“This course is written to encourage the church to intentionally make this traverse of God’s stepping stones of generosity and kindness our regular rhythm as we move forward together.”

Downloads and Resouces

Click the button here to download the Kindness Course (pdf):

Is the course not being run locally in your context? Or maybe you’d prefer to join with a wider group across the district?
We will be running District Zoom sessions of the Kindness Course, led by David Perry, starting Tuesday 24th May for 6 weeks at 19.30pm. For the Zoom link, email: revdwperry@gmail.com

 

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

This is an invitation to all Methodist churches. God’s calling you out and about.

Pentecost Sunday coincides with the Platinum Jubilee, and as an outcome of the Kindness Course, we hope this may lead you to engage in local generosity. We’re encouraging you to join in and be a leading part of community Platinum Jubilee events. Being front footed about stepping forward.

God calls us into mission – to open our hearts and open our doors and take the good news out and about. We have loads of opportunities to do this in our lives and by our prayers. The extended bank holiday weekend for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee offers us a chance to get involved in community events and get to know our neighbours. 

It’s a chance to get to know people, to extend a radical invitation to everyone in the neighbourhood, to build relationships, and be bold in your faith-sharing. This is a chance to join in with God’s mission on the streets of your community. How are you getting out and about that weekend?

Get involved in a street party or community event. Either plan something as a Church or join in with others who are already planning something for the long weekend.

Extend the invitation to everyone. What can you do to make sure the whole neighbourhood can come along, especially those who are lonely, isolated, or marginalised in some way?

Pray for your community. The Jubilee weekend is at the same time as Thy Kingdom Come, the period when the whole Church focuses on praying for people to come to faith. When we join in with God’s mission, it’s essential we’re praying about it! How can you pray for this in the lead up as individuals or a team, could you offer prayer at the event, and can you pray together afterwards for the people you’ve met?

Share your faith. We take our whole selves out onto the streets in celebration – we don’t have to bottle up our faith and leave it safely at home. Community parties are a chance to be bold in our faith sharing. We talk a lot about needing to be better at evangelism, well, when we get to know our neighbours, God will give us opportunities to share our faith. We just need to listen to God, listen to others, and speak up about our experience of faith.

Links and Resouces

Click the button here to find all the jubilee resources on the Methodist website:

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All We Can

We don’t just want to be local in our kindness, but we want to be global. Engaging with the needs of the wider world.

We are pleased to be in partnership with All We Can and encourage you to use this as one of the ways you can show generosity to those affected by poverty and inequality.

All We Can is the operating name of The Methodist Relief and Development Fund – an international development and relief organisation, working to see every person’s potential fulfilled. Focussed on serving the world’s most marginalised communities, All We Can is rooted in the Christian faith.

During these Great 50 Days, All We Can is encouraging you to get ‘out and about’ – engaging in mission and seeking justice in the whole world, as well as in our own local communities and neighbourhoods: and that includes us in the Yorkshire North and East District. Find out how your support for All We Can’s work, including in places like Zimbabwe, could help people fulfill their potential and overcome poverty and injustice at allwecan.org.uk/great50

Links and Resouces

Click the button here to find resources and ways you can support others through AllWeCan:

Share your journey

Let us know how you’re doing during the Great 50 Days, what you’re engaging with, how’s it going? How are you using the Kindness Course? Have you tried something new? What are you doing for the Platinum Jubilee? Share your stories with others. Use the hashtag:

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Tag us on Social Media. And there will be a weekly post in our District Facebook Group giving encouragement and an opportunity to share your journey so far… www.facebook.com/groups/YorkshireNorthandEastMethodists