40acts Generosity Challenge. A missional moment for your church
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40 days, 40 reflections, 40 challenges to make a difference
Join forces with a global, generous community of over one hundred thousand people who have completed the 40acts challenge during Lent.
40acts is a daily generosity challenge that runs throughout the period of Lent, created by the charity Stewardship. During 2018, 100,000+ individuals and thousands of groups took the 40acts challenge, creating a wave of more than 4million generous acts in 180 countries around the world. Sign up for the 2019 challenge.
Lent is one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, held at a similar level of importance to Advent – the build up to Christmas.
Different people observe Lent in different ways, though by and large most people do this by giving something up for Lent. Whether you’re intending to give up chocolate, fast food, alcohol, or the Internet, 40acts encourages you to do something generous during Lent, too. You can sign up to take the challenge.
If you need any help or guidance through Lent this year, sign up for 40acts, and do Lent generously.
Here’s what you can do next:
Downloadable group resources and videos from website. Links to case studies/clips on website. Follow on a wide variety of social media, sign up for daily challenges by email. Prayers and facts about Lent.
Seven Bible study sessions for small groups, 60 minutes, available via free signup, based on the story of the early church in Acts:
Week One: Brave 3
What we can learn from the zeal and courage of the early church?
Week Two: United 5
Community living: giving and sharing possessions with joy and being hospitable to one another
Week Three: Gifted 7
Practical responsibilities and tasks are valuable gifts
Week Four: Planted 9
Using the location you’ve been placed in to do God’s work: ‘bloom where you’re planted’
Week Five: Responsive 11
Openness to God’s calling: spending time with others and sharing the Bible with them
Week Six: Connected 13
Giving and sharing sacrificially so that nobody goes without; everyone is held in high esteem
Week Seven: Forgiven 15
Having compassion on those who have wronged us
Personal, family, extensive school, youth, community and church material also available via the website, including speaker material which links to the group studies. Messy church version too. Equally high standard. Free publicity also available, and see CPO for more merchandise. Family wallchart.
Small group material for adult and youth. Christians, beginning and growing. Church leaders too, for whole church and service resources. Families and children.
Exciting website and nicely presented A4 downloads for groups based on inspiring Christians to live generously in Lent – practical ideas and Bible focus. UK and worldwide, personal, schools, church, family and groups. Another great year of inspiring resources from 40acts.
Each session has clear aims - great for leaders.
A4 downloads are beautifully laid out and super-easy to use. Each includes aims and intro to theme for leader, plus materials needed for preparation. Activity/icebreaker is followed by Bible reading, Reflection (supplied); Questions on the text – Vital questions followed by Reflective questions and Practical questions. Prayer finishes the time – suggested prayer supplied. This week's 40acts ends the material, with a different suggestion for each day of the coming week.
Any competent leader could run these sessions as given. The questions are very good so discussion should be easy.
No separate resources for group participants. However, new Bible-based blogs and challenges each day via social media and email if you sign up. Lots to look at and join in with online and via social media. Really good community feel.
Some – prepare any activities. Read material and know aims for the session.
Lively, attractive and generally fabulous feel to the website and various social media; everything works well and site is clean, friendly, colourful and very easy to use. Wide variety of ways to join in here. Join in on social media.
Good questions should ensure good discussion. Imaginative and illustrative icebreakers.
Icebreakers/Bible reading/listening/discussion/prayer – good variety. Some of the icebreakers are very imaginative.
Should suit most groups, and a wide age range, despite the ‘feel' being aimed at a younger adults. Would be something different for more seasoned groups.
An obvious strength of the resource, as all are encouraged to do something proactive every day to give to others in a great variety of ways. Something to suit all. It would be good to add in feedback time for this at the beginning of each session.
Each session is based on one Bible passage.
Reflection is based on Bible passage, and explores meaning of the passage as well as beginning some application. Questions take these further. 2019 material based on Acts.
Great mix of understanding the passage and working out how it applies, via the very good questions. Some applications are personal, and some are more for the group.
The connections between the biblical material, understanding it, and how that affects the way we think are well made.
Each week is focused on action every day; both in the suggested acts of giving, and the application of the theme. The themes cover the chief components of our lives, and our communities, so are a great opportunity to reassess all.
Imaginative acts of faith and generosity reflect the nature of God. This is explored both personally, for the church and for the local community.
Very well, mostly focused on action that can be taken to give radically and differently. Not limited to traditional attitudes to Lent. Good mix of the practical and conceptual. Great challenges to think and act differently, whether personally or as a church community.
First session is focused around how to share your faith in new ways, perhaps using the 40acts challenges to help. Specific encouragement to think about new ways of doing this, linked to the seasons of Lent and Easter.
Themes and questions often relate to how we can offer positive input to local communities, as well as blessing our own church community in imaginative ways. A huge strength of this resource.
More locally based than global.
Not a focus, but implicit in the theology of the Holy Spirit at work through the radical nature of the early church.