Generosity Week takes place in the Harvest season, so that as we thank God for his generosity to us, we also have the opportunity to think about how we might respond to that generosity.
Generosity Week is also deliberately flexible to suit all types of church. If you want to set one up, here's how to start:
- Pick a week. The national week runs from Sunday 24th September to Sunday 1st October, but if another time works better for you, do it then.
- Contact your Diocesan Giving Adviser for help and advice.
- Choose what to do by looking at the summary of resources available. Make sure you have enough people to help you out with the initiatives you want to do.
- Plan your Sundays - two Sundays works well because it gives you one chance to explore gratitude, and one for generosity. To get you started, there are service outlines, sermon starters and prayers - all generosity-themed.
By the end of Generosity Week all of us will have a deeper understanding of God’s generosity towards us and how we can live more generously in our daily lives.
There will also be a national online Eucharist to celebrate generosity on Sunday 24 September.
The Generosity Newsletter
Back issues of Generosity Week Newsletters for 2023
Download and read the September issue here (final issue of 2023)
Back issues of Generosity Week newsletters 2022
Download and read Issue 10 here (final issue of 2022).
"Our faith starts with the most generous gift of all – God’s gift to us of life itself and new life and new hope in Jesus Christ. What we call 'generosity’ is just our response to these great gifts. I’m therefore delighted to commend these resources that help us explore God’s amazing generosity. This is what Generosity Week is all about. The stories in these podcasts, reflections and resources are moving, inspiring and encouraging. Just like in the parable of the sower, where the seed that falls on good soil grows a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown, we see that every generous act grows further generosity."
The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York