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Suggested frequency: Annually
Hosted by: Local church
Activity: Music
Author: Sharejesusinternational
Published: 17/03/2015

Description

Celebrate your Gaelic roots or just dance the night away; even the most reticent dancers find it hard to keep in their seats at a Ceilidh!


Who?


Ceilidh’s are often run by schools, universities or at weddings, which shows the diversity of their appeal. They are a Scottish/ Irish tradition, but now common in England too so no matter where you are they will attract a crowd. They can work for all ages and abilities and are led so that even someone who has never danced before can learn the steps.


Where?


A recent survey of churchgoing in the UK, identified that 60% of the UK are either un-churched (have never been inside one) or de-churched (have had a bad experience and don’t intend to come back). For all of those people, churches can be scary places. This means that although we are hosting the party, there is good reason to host it in a neutral space. We are opting out of our church buildings as often as possible so it would be good to try and find a hall, bar or community centre to host your event. This is a great opportunity to start building relationships with local business owners as well as find a great venue for your event.


When?


This event can be run at a date that fits with your church’s current rhythm of mission, taking into consideration how the event might compliment or clash with your existing church programme. Think about when is right for the people you are inviting. In order to maximise your appeal, choose a time that is not in competition with other events in the community. For this event a week night would be advisable as restaurants are less busy and more able to accommodate such an event. If many people in your community commute to work make sure you give them enough time to get back for the event.

Rationale

• Represent God’s love through building an atmosphere of community and celebration.
• Christians from the church/churches involved get to meet new people who live or work locally and invite them to a high quality event.
• People from the local community are able to experience Christian community and have their perceptions of the Christian faith challenged.

Outcome

Celebrate the Church’s birthday and highlight its heritage, diversity and positive contributions to society.


This idea can be found in more detail on the Share Jesus International website.


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