1. Daily Generosity Theme
This year for Generosity Week we're bringing you eight different themes of generosity, each designed to help us focus on all the different ways we can live and give more generously in our daily lives;
- Generous care
- Generous hospitality
- Generous welcome
- Generosity with possessions
- Generous judgements
- Generosity with talents
- Generosity of time
- Generosity of wealth
At the beginning of each day we will release a short inspirational "story of generosity" film from somewhere within our diocese. Accompanying the film will be a bitesize reflection and a choice of daily generosity challenges, for everyone to try! To receive the short film clip, reflection and challenges directly to your inbox each day, please register by clicking on the button below;
2. Activities for Children and Young People
New for 2022, is a resource for Children, Young People and Family workers, Sunday School leaders and any other volunteers operating in a relevant context. The resource can be used as a framework for Generosity Week and is based on Proverbs 3: 1-10 and the concept that when we know God’s Peace and Love, we can Trust in him, be Kind and Give what we can to others in need.There are many ways to break this passage down into different activities and the ideas suggested in the pack are suitable for a range of ages.
In addition, the Children and Youth Team at the Diocese of Leeds have created material to help children and young people begin to explore the topic of stewardship.
You might also like to download this this colourful table of eight mini challenges which offer something for children to engage with whilst helping them to think about generosity.
3. Exploring Generosity in the Wider Community
Generosity Week is a celebration of God’s generosity that is lived out in our churches and parishes. In this guide you can find ideas to help you to engage with and support the wider community as we celebrate the generosity found within in.
4. Worship Material
Giving Ministry Adviser, Dennis Fancett, has pre-recorded two talks suitable for use at Sunday Services during Generosity Week. One is based on the lectionary reading for the first Sunday of Generosity Week, focusing on the passage 1 Timothy 6 and our calling not to put our hope in wealth, "Walk the Other Way." The other is a more general story based reflection on generosity in its broadest sense, "Because God's Been Generous to Me."
Further, (particularly for those parishes in vacancy this Generosity Week), Dennis may be available to attend in person on the second Sunday of Generosity Week, 2nd October. Otherwise he would be delighted to discuss attending any of our churches at a later date.
Additional worship material is also available to download. This covers two Sundays (the first to celebrate generosity and the second to celebrate gratitude), as well as morning prayer services for each of the 8 days. You can choose to download traditional eucharist material, traditional service of the word material and service content packs. Also available are special Generosity Week versions of compline and evening prayer.
5. Encouraging Financial Generosity
You can also download our Parish Share Booklet which explains the concept and importance of this system of mutual support in our Diocese. For hard copies please contact the Generous Giving Team.
6. Marketing Resources
During Generosity Week itself, we will be posting daily on the Diocesan website and all of our social media channels. Get involved by sharing our posts along with your own using the hashtag #NDGW22. We hope to see social media across the Dioese, awash with stories of generous activity!
You can also access additional marketing resources on the Church of England website including suggested social media copy and a customisable video using the video generator on A Church Near You.
7. Podcast Series
A podcast series created for National Generosity Week created by the National Giving Team, features a different person sharing a short passage of scripture and a key verse from the Old and New Testament. They reflect on what it means in their Christian life and encourage the listener to do the same.
Click here to return to the main Newcastle Diocese Generosity Week page