40 Acts of Kindness 2019

The church doesn’t just meet…It acts.
Institutions and injustices, poverty and powerlessness – these problems seem too big for simple, everyday generosity to fix and yet God calls us to live like Jesus did.
Jesus didn’t change culture by means of assimilation, he lived a radically different life; characterised by love and expressed in generosity. He gave his resources, his time and ultimately his life. He always noticed people’s needs, stopping to help the physically and spiritually poor, and in doing so he changed the world.
Following Jesus means being the church. And the church doesn’t just meet, it acts.
Each Lent a community of people around the world come together to live and give generously.
Last year there were 100,000 of us. That’s 4 million acts of generosity completed in 40 days.
Generosity happens when we see the opportunity instead of the obstacle.
And so the challenge…
The challenge lasts for seven weeks – it’s a test of endurance and focus as much as anything else! Try to build 40acts into your day right from the start, and pace yourself.
Every day on our website, our Facebook page, our Twitter feed and on the wall of the café we will make three challenges, of differing levels of difficulty.
Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to accept the challenge. There will also be some accompanying scripture on which to meditate.
Don’t worry if you can’t complete every task perfectly. God doesn’t call us to be perfect, in fact Jesus came because we are not perfect. Just do the best you can, pray into each task and always remember that Jesus himself said: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Have fun,
Nigel