The history of the Good Friday Offering reaches back to 1922 when, in the aftermath of World War I, The Episcopal Church sought to create new relationships with and among the Christians of the Middle East. From these initial efforts which focused on a combination of relief work and the improvement of ecumenical and Anglican relations, the Good Friday Offering was created.
Through the years many Episcopalians have found the Good Friday Offering to be an effective way to express their support for the ministries of the four dioceses of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Pastoral care, education and health care continue to be primary ministries through which the reconciling spirit of the Christian faith serves all in need. Participation in this ministry is welcome. The generous donations of Episcopalians help the Christian presence in the Land of the Holy One to be a vital and effective force for peace and understanding among all of God's children.
Checks from parishes and individuals should be payable to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.
Write "Good Friday Offering" in the memo line, and mail to:
DFMS - Protestant Episcopal Church US
P.O. Box 958983
St. Louis, MO 63195-8983
A letter from the Presiding Bishop follows:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I greet you in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I am writing to you as we look ahead to Holy Week, with its focus on our Lord's sacrificial offering of love on the cross.
The Good Friday Offering of our Church is one way to help connect the love of Christ on the cross with our support of the ongoing ministry of love and compassion carried out by our Anglican sisters and brothers throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.
Whether funding a hospital in Gaza or the West Bank, or an eye clinic in Aden, or women's programs, or summer camps and leadership training for young people, the Good Friday Offering is making a difference in the lives of so many. I have witnessed this Jesus-inspired compassion and commitment at work with my own eyes. I believe our partnership with those who keep the faith of Jesus alive in the region, where our Lord walked and began his movement, is a significant aspect of our work as part of the church catholic.
Thank you for considering this important witness to the love of Jesus across our Church. May God bless you and keep you always. I remain
Your brother in Christ,
The Most Rev. Michael Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church