Generosity Week 2021


We invite you to explore and celebrate God’s generosity

“We have received overwhelmingly, so let us give generously,” - Archbishop Justin Welby 

National Generosity Week starts on 26 September 2021 helping us all to celebrate the generous love of God.  Our churches are invited to hold services, run group sessions, broadcast podcasts, and distribute readings on the theme of generosity to their communities.

Generosity can be shown in many ways, through everyday acts of kindness to those in your community, helping and serving in your church, as well as financial giving.

We would like to encourage you to have a look at the national resources available for Generosity Week - the purpose is to encourage a generous culture within churches, so that churches can grow their ministry for generations to come.  They have produced a new series of week-long resources (Sunday to Sunday) to encourage people to live generously.  The materials enable you to deliver your own Generosity Week at times suitable for you.  

A core part of the material is eight daily podcast reflections for churches to encourage individuals to listen to. These podcasts explore generosity in the Bible through a Bible passage, a key verse from the passage and then a reflection by a range of contributors from across the country and the Church of England. Contributors include the Bishop of Loughborough, the Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Revd Harry Steele, Rachel Mander, Phil and Dani Knox, Fr Paul Thomas, Hazel Lynch and Robin Peake.   Podcasts are available to listen to on Spotify, Google Podcasts and Apple Podcasts and are available here:

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The Generosity Week can be adapted for all traditions of The Church of England and in addition to the podcast reflections, it includes the following resources. 

  • Service Content Packs with a range of material for service leaders to include in two Sunday services, one focussing on generosity and one on gratitude.
  • Liturgy for a week’s morning prayer services, to be used both in person or online.
  • A small group study session with a guide for leaders, including a biblical reflection and discussion questions based on the material from one of the Sunday services

Find all the free resources for Generosity Week here.  Explore the Generosity Toolkit here and find out how to do a Giving Review here.

Generosity Learning Hub

The national giving team have produced a Generosity Learning Hub which is particularly appropriate for clergy and others.  It has been well received and contains many resources including case studies from local churches, worship materials (a collection of resources and templates to integrate generosity and giving into services of worship), and inspiring stories that transform our perspective and expectations.   

Generosity Learning Hub | Weblink

Christian Resources Exhibition

Parish Giving Scheme are leading a lunchtime session with National Giving Team on 13 & 14 October about Growing a generous culture. As part of the session we will hear from a church about share their experience of growing a generous culture.  It will be a fairly informal Q&A session. Tickets can be booked below on the Parish Giving Scheme website.

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Generosity Fika

A Fika is a half day programme, for small groups to explore God's generosity to us, biblical generosity and generosity around the world. Through short films, reflections and discussion we can be inspired and encouraged to live more generous lives. Fikas can be an enormously effective way of developing a generous culture within your church. Please visit this site for resource materials.

Generosity Fika | Weblink


Are you having a generosity week?

Let us know what you will be doing and we will publicise your activities on social media just email our communications team.  We encourage you and your church to discover and share its own generous stories, via a social media or on your website and as such there are a number of marketing tools available to help you promote Generosity Week alongside fundraising packs and community guides:

Media toolkit | Weblink

Churches can run The Generosity Week at any time in the year. The Church of England is developing further Generosity Week resources for Easter and Christmas 2021.

“If you don’t give because no one’s ever asked you, I’m asking you now. If you don’t give regularly because you’ve never got round to it, I’m saying today’s the day. If you don’t give much because you think St Martin’s doesn’t need it, I’m telling you that it does. If you don’t give a lot because you don’t have a lot, I’m saying your giving something is an example to everyone else. If you don’t give more because no one’s ever said thank you, I’m thanking you right now. If you already give until the pips squeak, I’m saying that’s wonderful, and nudge the person next to you to do the same."  Revd Dr Sam Wells, St Martin-in-the-Fields Parish

 

For further information

For further support please contact Julie Podd – Parish Finance & Resources Advisor | 01473 298555 | 07826 556186

or visit:

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Encouraging Giving | Weblink

Explore your vocation | Weblink

Online Giving | Weblink

Parish Giving Scheme | Weblink

Serving in your church | Weblink

 

 


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