What is 40acts?
Lent is usually about 'giving stuff up', isn't it? What if you could add something transformational to the traditional?
What if you could give up chocolate and give the money to your favourite charity? What if you could turn the TV off and spend more time helping your neighbour? What if Lent was a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness that reflected God's amazing generosity? Well, that’s where 40acts – the generosity challenge from Christian charity Stewardship - comes in.
How can 40acts help me during Lent?
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 here.
As well as our group resources for families, churches, small groups, schools and youth groups, we also have a whole host of prayers for Lent that you can read, as well as a list of Lent prayers for children. In order to help your children better understand this wholly significant time of year we also have a section of our website entirely dedicated to facts about Lent, from the different days of Lent to what days like Ash Wednesday mean to the wider community.
If you need any help or guidance through Lent this year, make sure you sign up for 40acts, and do Lent generously.
Tell me more…
40acts turns 6 in 2016! Each year we've encouraged individuals to take a daily challenge: 40 nudges in a generous direction, alongside 40 blogs to read and ponder. In 2015 over 74,000 joined us, creating a wave of over 2.9 million acts of generosity in more than 180 countries worldwide.
Want to do 40acts as part of a group? 40acts Together was created especially for groups. Whether you're a family, church, small group, school or youth group, 40acts Together provides you with online and printable resources to guide you through your generous journey as a community.
Here's what you can do next:
1. Sign up to receive the daily challenges by email for 2016
2. Find a group to do 40acts with, and sign up for 40acts Together
3. Get connected with 40acts on social media
What are the daily reflections?
The 40acts blog last year featured reflections from Canon Ann Easter (Chaplain to the Queen), Bear Grylls, Brad Formsma (iLikeGiving), Scott Harrison (charity: water), Dot Tyler (Tearfund), Guvna B (rap artist), Jackie Elton (Christian Connection), Jonty Langley (Huffington Post), Rev. Tony Miles (Methodist Central Hall), Ram Gidoomal (Fairtrade) and many more.
Those who signed up for the daily emails, received these blog posts straight through to their inbox every morning during Lent, along with a featured act of the day.
For 2016, we'll feature reflections from Rev. Kate Bottley (Gogglebox, The Dancing Vicar), Bridget Plass, Dan Usher (Share the Miracle), Steve Legg (Sorted Magazine), Fiona Morrison (Tearfund), Graham Miller (London City Mission) and many more.
I've got questions!
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