This originated in the Manchester District with a suggestion that at Christmas ladies should give a penny for women's missionary work and that this might be adopted throughout the Connexion as 'Christmas Pennies for Missionary Funds'. The Auxiliary Committee (i.e. Women's Work) of the WMMS considered Easter a more appropriate time and asked women to raise 'a penny a head' in their Easter Offering. The practice dates from 1883 and later on circuits arranged a circuit service in which the Easter Offerings were dedicated. The practice has survived the merger of the General and Women's Work Funds.