A fashion show is always ‘en vogue’. This event provides a great opportunity for a fun night out, bursting with creativity whilst also bringing to the forefront some of the major ethical issues of our time.
Fashion is often seen as the domain of the young female and you can definitely put on a good show aimed at this demographic but the event could also be tailored to a variety of different groups. The justice angle will also tap into the growing interest in fair trade, opening it up to a wider demographic than another fashion show might. The event will appeal to people who have limited or no connection with the church as well as those who are part of the Christian community. As the main purpose of this event is to build relationships between the church and the wider community, ideally the demographic who attend will be a good mix of both.
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’re hosting the party, there’s good reason to hold events in a neutral space. We’re opting out of our church buildings as often as possible so for this event you should try to find a local hall, library, function room, community centre or open space.
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.