Welcome to the 40acts challenge! Are you ready to spend Lent on behalf of others?

Lent is one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, held at a similar level of importance to Advent – the build up to Christmas. Different people observe Lent in different ways, though by and large most people do this by giving something up for Lent.

Whether you’re intending to give up chocolate, fast food, alcohol, or the Internet, 40acts encourages you to do something generous during Lent, too. You can sign up to take the challenge here.

If you need any help or guidance through Lent this year, sign up for 40acts, and do Lent generously.

Traffic Lights: Three Ways to do 40acts

For the last few years, we’ve created the 40acts traffic light system. Thankfully, they’re less infuriating than real traffic lights (be generous on the road, folks!), and designed to make your life a bit simpler…

We believe generosity is about the state of your heart, not the size of your wallet or the empty slots in your diary. The traffic light system recognises that life and circumstances are different for everyone, and that our abilities, finances and schedules are flexible.

Once you sign up for 40acts as an individual, you’ll receive the acts each day throughout Lent either via email or you can find them here on our website. Scroll down a little, and you’ll find three different ways to complete the act for that day.

GREEN: these acts take five minutes or less, and will usually be free (or really cheap!) to complete.

AMBER: a little more challenging than the green acts, but these won’t take more than fifteen minutes, or a couple of $.

RED:  for those who love to push themselves to extravagance or those who have done 40acts before – take your generosity habit to the next level.

Pick and choose how many of each color you’d like to do throughout the challenge – you can even do all three each day if you’re feeling particularly energetic.


40Acts Challenge concept and content courtesy of Stewardship Services (UKET).