Welcome to our Diocesan Generosity Week 2022!

We are excited to be hosting our annual Diocesan Generosity Week Sunday 25 September to Sunday 2 October 2022, giving us all the opportunity to spend eight days collectively focusing on nurturing and encouraging generosity.

Through a daily selection of activities, worship and reflections, we will explore how we live out our refreshed diocesan vision, values and priorities, especially the new 'transforming' strand of our diocesan strategy. Being generous with God’s transforming gifts is key on our journey of that transformation as we seek to put mission at the centre of all that we do. In this Diocesan Generosity Week, may we give time and space to inspire, encourage and celebrate how generous giving enables mission and ministry to flourish, deepen our understanding of God’s generosity towards us, and explore how we can live more generously in our daily lives.

Preview our Diocesan Generosity Week!

Catch this first glimpse ahead of our Diocesan Generosity Week! Watch here to find out what the week is all about, and discover how to get involved.

"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. 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."

Archbishop Stephen Cottrell

Resource Hub - Get Involved!

There are many ways that each of us - churches and individuals - can get involved in our Diocesan Generosity Week. Why not choose one or more of these suggestions for each day?

This year we will be using a set of themes each day, loosely following the pattern of themes in the Generosity Week Morning Prayer series, to help us reflect on different aspects of generosity:

  • Day One: Generosity in Creation
  • Day Two: Generosity of God's Abundance
  • Day Three: Generosity in Relationships
  • Day Four: Generosity as Gift
  • Day Five: Generosity as Sacrifice
  • Day Six: Generosity as Worship
  • Day Seven: Generosity in Diversity
  • Day Eight: Generosity as Love in Action

5 Ways to Get Involved

1. Sign up to our daily mailing

Each day of Generosity Week we will send a bite-sized mailing to your inbox, including prayers, reflections on the day's theme, a short podcast and ideas for you to engage with generosity. Click here to sign up!

2. Attend an online event

We have a great selection of online events lined up for Generosity Week, with a variety of speakers covering each daily theme. Sign up to book your free places, booking link will open in August - watch this space!

3. Engage with podcasts and videos

These short daily videos are great to watch over your morning coffee, including input from the Archbishop of York and reflection videos from across our diocese. You can also listen to a podcast series from the Church of England, with different people sharing short passages of scripture and a key verse, and reflecting on what it means in their Christian life. Each podcast is accompanied by a daily reflection and activity to help us reflect on God’s generosity and activate it in our daily lives. Click here to listen!

4. Share your generosity stories

We'd love to hear from you! Sharing our stories and our experiences of giving and receiving generosity is a wonderful way of growing in faith together and giving thanks. You could share your stories on social media, or create little videos, or just email us by clicking here.

5. Grow your giving

As we take time to explore generosity, it provides us with a good opportunity to reflect on our own giving, the way we use the resources entrusted to us, and how our faith impacts our practices of giving away. You could also use this as an opportunity to reflect on giving across your church community, or to promote the Parish Giving Scheme - click here for more information on the Parish Giving Scheme.

5 Ways for your Church to Get Involved

1. Make use of Generosity Worship Resources

We learn so much of our theology through our worship - make use of these Eucharists and Services of the Word, themed on generosity and gratitude, as well as services of Morning Prayer.

2. Host a Generosity Fika

A Fika is a half day programme, for small groups to explore God's generosity to us, biblical generosity and generosity around the world. Through short films, reflections and discussion we can be inspired and encouraged to live more generous lives. Fikas can be an enormously effective way of developing a generous culture within your church. Find out more about Generosity Fikas here.

3. Explore activities for Children and Young People

New for 2022, these resources are a framework for Children’s, Young People's and Families' workers and volunteers to use, adapt and breathe life into for Generosity Week. There are endless ways to break this passage down for different activities, so please bring your own ideas to these activities, remembering the main things to focus on are that the children have fun and remember God’s love and generosity. Access the resource here.

4. Invite a visiting preacher

Preaching about generosity is a great way to explore generosity as we gather in worship - and we're pleased that members of the Diocesan Leadership Team have offered to preach in churches across our diocese during Generosity Week. Want to book a visiting preacher for your church? Contact us here.

5. Engage with your wider community

There are many ways we can engage with our wider community when exploring generosity - here are a few ideas. Download the flyer here.

Video trailer

Take a look at the this short video trailer which introduces the Generosity Week.

"Together, we will celebrate the generosity that has helped us through these difficult times, reflect on God's generosity to us, and explore how we can grow generosity in our churches."

Promoting the Diocese of York's Generosity Week in your church

Further resources are also available to help you promote and explain the Diocese of York Generosity Week in your church:

  • On the Church of England website you can access additional marketing resources for national Generosity Week which include suggested social media copy, and a customisable video using the video generator on A Church Near You.

Getting in touch

We would love to hear your experiences and stories of our Diocesan Generosity Week! Please get in touch with the Generous Giving Team to share your comments and stories by clicking here.

Thank you for getting involved in our Diocesan Generosity Week! With our prayers as we continue in this journey of generosity together.