Skip to content

Christian charity launches Lent generosity movement

Christian charity Stewardship is challenging people to ‘do Lent generously’ this year by taking part in 40 simple acts of generosity.

Christian charity Stewardship is challenging people to ‘do Lent generously’ this year by taking part in 40 simple acts of generosity.
 
Donate blood, forgive, live on a fiver, be a mentor and share the Bible are just some of the simple, everyday acts of generosity which feature in the 40acts challenge 2013.
 
40acts will launch on Wednesday 13 February 2013, and will set participants daily challenges to complete over the 40 days of Lent. Inspire editor Russ Bravo is among those taking part and will be sharing his experiences on his editor's blog during Lent.
 
Now in its third consecutive year, 40acts is the brainchild of Christian charity Stewardship, and invites people to do Lent differently. Instead of giving something up, 40acts challenges participants to give something ‘out’. Over 7500 people have already signed up to 40acts 2013.
 
“The idea behind 40acts is simple,” says Debbie Wright, head of content at Stewardship.
 
“Lent marks a pivotal point in the history of the church, when Jesus prepared to give himself up as a sacrifice for all mankind. Traditionally we mark Lent by giving something up, but what if it could be more than that? What if Lent was a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness?”
 
She continues; “Small acts of generosity, performed by thousands of Christians across the UK, have the power to make a big change to our communities, to our churches and ultimately, to our world.”
 
Participants can sign up to 40acts via 40acts.org.uk and will receive daily 40acts challenges via e-mail from 13 February to 30 March 2013. Challenges will also be posted on the 40acts website on a daily basis.
 
Challenges will be aided by 40 biblical reflections from a plethora of highly regarded contributors.
 
Those contributing to this year’s 40acts campaign include: Lord Michael Hastings (House of Lords), Anne Atkins (BBC Radio 4), Nicky and Sila Lee (Holy Trinity Brompton), Paul Kerensa (BBC1’s Miranda), Krish Kandiah (Evangelical Alliance), James Catford (Bible Society), Rob Parsons (Care for the Family), Chris Duffett (Baptist Union of Great Britain), Chine Mbubgaebu (threads), Bekah Legg (Liberti magazine), Phoebe Thompson (Youthwork magazine) and Russ Bravo (Inspire magazine).
 
Visit 40acts.org.uk for more information about the campaign and to get involved.
 
Free resource packs, providing additional material and adaptable meeting guides for small church groups, youth groups and church leaders are also available for download at 40acts.org.uk.
 

Get more inspiring reading

You can order our printed INSPIRE magazine in bundles of 10 for your church. Get encouraged by stories of God at work in the UK and around the world – and it's great for giving away to those on the edge of church, too! Order FREE* for your church (*we welcome an annual donation towards our costs).

Subscribe

Join the discussion