The President of the Methodist Church in Britain has called on Methodist people to celebrate God's generosity at Christmas by multiplying generosity themselves in local communities and churches.
In her seasonal message, the Revd Ruth Gee urged people to "celebrate and share the generous love of God who mothers us and longs to wipe away our tears, and to nurture us so that we can become the people she has created us to be."
Her message also advised people on how to respond to God's "generous love" which is "offered to all".
"We should respond by being generous disciples [followers of Jesus]," she said. "We can be generous with our time; time spent with God and time spent with others. Only if we spend time with God will we grow to know God better."
The Methodist Church has launched a website resource area for members and supporters called 'A Generous Life'.
"We are preparing a range of resources to help congregations explore their vision, commitment and generosity within the local church and its community," the Church says.
* A Generous Life: http://www.methodist.org.uk/mission/a-generous-life
* Christmas on Ekklesia: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/christmas