Lent and Easter outreach and worship resources now available
United Methodist Communications
Office of Public Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2016
NASHVILLE, Tennessee: United Methodist congregations have numerous resources available to encourage engagement and participation throughout the Lenten and Easter seasons.
Give up, take up, lift up and look up with the 2016 Imagine No Malaria Lenten resources, featuring downloadable materials, including undated and themed sermon starters, videos, children’s messages and a sacrificial giving calendar for Lent worship. Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of The United Methodist Church, is committed to ending malaria deaths.
The seven weeks of materials, which extend through Easter Sunday, feature a series of Lent-focused themes, including “Give Up Indifference,” “Give Up Excess,” “Take Up The Charge,” Take Up The Challenge,” “Lift Up the Hurting,” “Lift Up the Healed,” and “Look Up to Overcome.” Additional materials include prayers, hymn suggestions, altar decoration ideas and videos to share in small groups or with the congregation.
The Rethink Church ministry has new Easter resources that focus on themes of searching for meaning and new beginnings. Each outreach and worship tool is available in four different designs, allowing churches to select the visual message that will best connect to their community.
Fully customizable resources include:
- Direct mail postcards that can be targeted to a specific geographic area
- Door hangers and invitation cards - receive 100 of each free, now through March 1 (Please allow two weeks for printing.)
- Free social media graphics and worship materials such as bulletin covers and imagery
The national advertising effort will begin on March 7, with the message, “If changing how we think about Easter truly made it a time of new beginnings, that could change everything.” The campaign builds awareness of The United Methodist Church, but it also seeks to support local churches as they reach out with a message of faith and hope. Customized video advertisements are available through March 1.
About Imagine No Malaria
Imagine No Malaria is an extraordinary ministry of the people of The United Methodist Church, putting faith into action to end preventable deaths from malaria in Africa, especially the death of a child or a mother. With a comprehensive approach to fighting this killer disease, Imagine No Malaria empowers the people of Africa to improve health infrastructure and achieve a sustainable victory over malaria.
About Rethink Church
RETHINK CHURCH is a ministry of United Methodist Communications that encourages congregations to take action outside the church walls by engaging in opportunities that meet critical needs – from literacy programs to feeding the poor, both locally and across the world. At rethinkchurch.org, visitors may interact, learn more about the church, and search for involvement opportunities.