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Our Circles: Day One of 40acts

By Alexandra Khan | 10 February 2016 | Comments (14)

Circles - a blog by Stewardship

Today is the first day of 40acts - our generosity challenge for Lent. 

As ever, there's a strong outward-focus this year, encouraging every 40activist to embrace the communities they're in. The first act is Circles - click here to read today's challenge

The Stewardship team decided to do today's act in advance and explore some of the 'circles' we're in. We'll be aiming to bless the people in our circles during the 40acts challenge this year. 

Take a look: 

John said: "This made me realise how busy I could be, for better or for worse… #priorities"

Circles - by staff at Stewardship

Sian said: "Drawing my circles was actually really interesting. I realised that many of my circles interlock in some way, maybe only by one or two individuals but I found it quite interesting to see how threads of people run through various groups. 

It also made me realise that actually there are whole communities of people that I’ve met at various stages of my life that I never encounter in person any more, but that I see pop up everyday on social media. This circle is made up of individuals that were in my year at school, a random person that I met one time on a boat crossing somewhere on my travels, the people that lived in the flat opposite at uni -  but I still encounter them daily, many moons later. So I drew them too, just on the outskirts of it all, because they count."

Circles - by staff at Stewardship

Debbie said: "Drawing different circles has made me think much wider than the obvious ones. 

For instance when I go back to my parent’s church there is a whole community there that I was a part of (albeit) 30 years ago!  I also have circles of friends where I have a shared interest – such as Salsa dancing, dog walking, cooking and caring for the environment."

Circles - staff at Stewardship

Daniel said: "Wow – this was more challenging than I thought it would be.  The more circles I wrote down, the more I realised I was a part of, or have been a part of, at different points in my life.  It was encouraging and reassuring to know that I had so many people around me but also left me a little down at how infrequently I still see and connect with some people in these circles.  So as a next step I’ve started to draw my circles in more detail, marking up how regularly I’ve been in touch with those closest or farthest from me, as a challenge to move around (and beyond) my circles more during 40acts."

So there you have it - we hope our circles have encouraged you to think about all the people in yours! Why not leave a comment below and let us know how you found the act today?




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Posted by Alexandra Khan

Alexandra is a digital marketing executive for Stewardship. Originally trained in music, she went on to spend a few years in the videogames industry before making the leap to the NFP sector. Follow her on Twitter: @alxkhn


Sally Sears

February 10, 2016 6:54 AM
Thank you for the inspiration of the first day of 40Acts. I feel excited to be a part of this and I feel totally committed inwardly. Looking forward to the days ahead and rediscovering all those things in my life I have taken for granted and about thinking more of others and life in general.

God bless you all and thank you for your encouragement, may you enjoy the journey as much as the rest of us.


February 10, 2016 7:39 AM
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE! This is the start of our lent journey with God. I hope you all build a stronger bridge with him and the Christian faith bonds as a larger community. ❤️


February 10, 2016 8:08 AM
I didn't realize how many people I come into contact with every day until I completed this exercise. I had to go back to it several times today to add more circles as my day and thoughts went on.
Sometimes before falling to sleep at night I retrace my daily step and who all I talked to that day. It's quite an amazing list some days that actually astonishes me that I had so many conversations in just one day.
It's better and more fun than counting sheep to fall asleep.

Jane Flynn

February 10, 2016 8:40 AM
As I started this it seemed as though it was going to be easy but gradually there were more and more interlinking circles to contend with! It has given me a fresh insight into the people with whom so brush shoulders every day. As a result of this I have drawn a card with a thank you message to our post lady who always smiles at our dogs when they bark and shake the Windows trying to get to her!
Thank you 40 Acts!

Anne Miles

February 10, 2016 8:42 AM
I am reminded by today's act that through our circles in life an amazing ripple effect can take place.
On creating my circles i was reminded about how everyone I know is unique and God loves them all and wants them to know him as their saviour. What am I going to do about that in the ripples I am creating in my circles of life?

Barbara Moody

February 10, 2016 9:33 AM
This is my first attempt at 40Acts. Today's challenge was very interesting! My circles became increasingly untidy and unsymmetrical as I had to keep adding to them but a very revealing exercise and far more difficult than I had expected - particularly in terms of remembering the people in my life with whom I have only occasional contact and those whom I see often and who might be taken for granted. Thank you for the Website. Certainly cause for much thought. BM

Bryony Gilbert

February 10, 2016 10:54 AM
Doing this activity showed me just how many ways I am connected to the rest of the world- which surprised me, as I think of myself as quite introverted, and with a small social circle. When I got to thinking about it, being a school governor connects me to all the staff, students and parents linked to that school; belonging to a church links me to the worldwide church- even to those branches that I don't feel I have much in common with....

It made me think of the ways that I interact with my circles, what more I might do to stay connected, and how the 40 Days challenge might help to make a real difference. Roll on the next 39!


February 10, 2016 10:56 AM
My approach is going to be a teeny bit different. In thinking about patterns that surround us (natural world, etc.) I'm going to try and be intentional whenever I see a circle to pray: for the people in my circles or maybe outside my circles! Who knows how the Holy Spirit will lead?! The point is to ask God how He'd have me act and serve. So I'll be on the lookout for those circles today. Thanks for the treasure hunt! Ooo... I see one now. The towel holder. Time to pray!


February 10, 2016 2:07 PM
Thank you so much for giving me the inspiration to take part in 40 acts. I can hardly wait and have the names of people flowing through my mind. I'm excited to see where this will lead. God blessings and have a great 40Acts day!


February 10, 2016 2:50 PM
Thank you for creating this most amazing Reminder to share the Wealth of Jesus in our daily lives. I am truly committed to follow these next 40 Acts with you this year!!!

Jean Owen

February 10, 2016 3:56 PM
I have just opened this after hearing about the challenge on UCB 1 this morning. there are so many people within the whole circle of my life, it is going to take a while to write them all down. I decided perhaps to pray for one circle a day!!! It is like a pond when you drop a stone in, the ripples keep on spreading. God bless, <><


February 10, 2016 4:43 PM
Today Bible verse is little bit difficult to me."Love your Neighbour you love to yourself."
Who are our neighbours? The stranger will be anybody , who met you on the road..who sit next to you on bus., who sat on the road asking money for food...Shall we love and care them as we love to ourselves ? But that is what we want to do because Jesus did this Lent if I want to be act and think like Jesus, it will be a big challenge .
But I love it..possessing good things always will be hard..
Will do Gods' will in this lent..


February 10, 2016 6:39 PM
As a stressed teacher who has just got in from 2 days of parents evening this reading could be just more pressure to do more stuff! However I am reminded that the reading says love your neighbour as yourself - we have to follow Jesus model of taking time to care for his own needs as well as looking out for others. If we want to look after others effectively we have to operate out of a place of strength and assurance of our own place in God's kingdom.Thank you for permission to go and sit in church for tonight's service and address my own needs!


February 17, 2016 3:48 PM
Dear ones....Hi....every one in Christ...

Yes ...indeed I am doing already love my neoughter. Love your neighbour means.. Those who are in great needy in front of you is most important. That is your neighbour.

As for that since 20 years am serving the Special needs in my country....some of them orphans as well...
So this is my compassion towards my calling and ministry to extend His kingdom..

Plz..hold us in your lent prayers especially..
Sis.Usha. india

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