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.
All the money raised through the Easter Offering goes to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain to be allocated for work in our 65 Partner Churches around the world. This money has been used by overseas partners to fund such work as enabling young women in north India to undertake nurse and midwifery training, and 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. By sending out training resources, many thousands of women have been able to participate and develop this work across Brazil.
Pictured are some people who attended the “Easter offering” dedication service in our Circuit.