Lent is going to be really different this year at Everyday Church. As your pastors, we are encouraging you to join us in accepting the 40 Acts Challenge for the 40 days of Lent. Instead of giving up things, we’re encouraging you to give out. We’re encouraging you to treat the run-up to Easter as a chance to learn to open up your heart towards the people all around you. We’re encouraging you to ask God to teach you how to live generously.
In order to do this, we are teaming up with our friends at Stewardship. There will be over 100,000 Christians from other churches taking up the 40 Acts Challenge with us too. If you sign up for the challenge, you will receive an email every morning during Lent containing a Bible reading, an inspiring testimony, a prayer and a challenge for that day. The blogs will be written by well-known Christian authors such as Justin Welby, John Sentamu and Bear Grylls, and they will help you to make Lent 2018 less about your giving up alcohol and chocolate and more about your giving out love and compassion to those that God has brought into your world.
If you are up for the challenge and would like to join us, then here’s what to do:-
1) Sign up for the 40 Acts Challenge by clicking here and indicating that your are an “individual”
2) Read the email when it arrives in your inbox each morning.
3) Pray and respond to that day’s challenge to live life generously.
4) Share how you are responding by using the hashtag #everyday to connect with your friends at Everyday Church and the hashtag #40acts to connect with thousands of other Christians around the world. These hashtags will be very busy throughout Lent on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
5) Expect to meet with God and to see your life changed in countless ways. It’s crazy that Lent has become more about giving up than giving out. You’ll be amazed what happens when you start to change that in 40 very simple ways.
If you’re still not convinced or if you have further questions, then watch this really inspiring 2-minute video which explains what happened to people who took the 40 Acts Challenge last year.
Come on – let’s turn Lent 2018 into forty days of living generously together!