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Prayer cards are used as part of our door to door outreach. People seem to expect that anyone visiting their front door, wants something from them. We wanted to alter that perception by...


This is a project that I started in 2008 which has now been used by hundreds of Churches in the UK. It enables people to be involved in the Christmas story in a fun way.After setting up...


Recently, I have been painting with whoever wants to join me to create some stunning pieces of art. It is a peaceful thing to do, a haven in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life. ...


This is a street outreach activity using a mirror painted with words about how God see’s people. The mirror was positioned in a prominent location and left for passers by to look into i...


Use the Celtic circle prayer in a prominent location. This could be in a local pub or coffee shop. Provide printed cards for people to select and customise the prayer for the group you...


To do this activity you need to cut out pieces of paper in the shape of a hand, or you can buy them fairly cheaply online as wooden cut outs. Once this is done, you should set up a stal...


This is a simple idea which involves an old spare sofa, a simple sign, and the willingness to listen.All you have to do is place a sofa in an appropriate pedestrian area, sit on the sof...


A simple street outreach. To do this activity all you need is a sign saying "free hug". What you need to do is find a location with passing trade, stand there with the sign and hug anyo...


This is a street outreach activity expressing God’s love by collecting small, chalk, self-portraits of people. The top of the board says 'I am loved' and people are invited to add their...


On a hot day, we sent pairs of people into a town centre, and encouraged them to give cold water to passers by. When they were asked “why?”, they talked about the free gift of the man ...


The objective of this activity was to explore God as Father. To do this we gave away a basket full of chocolate bars, a fistful of cards with a ‘prayer for dads’ and a tray full of baco...


We decided to offer messages of hope. To do this we wrote messages on suitable sized stones, using permanent markers. These stones were then offered to anyone who wanted one. A further ...


Giving something away is one of the simplest forms of street evangelism. It does not need to be expensive. For example - you can buy 500 doughnuts for £50 if you shop around. Mess...


Over the years I have given away thousands of glow sticks as a small reminder of the one who was born as light in darkness. They’re as cheap as chips, people love them and they serve as...


‘Would you like to wish Jesus a happy birthday and sign his birthday card?’ We asked people around us…Some did. Some laughed. Most looked perplexed. But it created a reaction… We also l...


We asked Asda if we could use their premises, to do something for the community: they happily agreed. Three of us worked together on this activity. On this occasion we gave out free min...


The testimonies of six church members were recorded on DVD and then given away. The question used was how has Jesus impacted on your lives?...


The Jesus Video was purchased and distributed door to door throughout the whole of the town. We then returned later with a questionnaire to ask people what they thought about the video,...


Setup a book of Remembrance and advertise to the community that it is available over the period of Remembrance day and Remembrance Sunday, to commemorate those who lost their lives in w...


Host a world war film night, and watch some of greatest war films. Combine it with food and invite your local community to attend. Reminisce with anyone there who has lived through war....


Host a world war era poetry night, include excerpts from famous books about war. Conclude the time with an act of remembrance such as lighting a candle, or use a creative prayer idea. K...


Setup a free community BBQ to celebrate the local area. The Celebrating Lliswerry BBQ Parties have taken place on Whitsun Bank Holiday Mondays. Invitations were delivered to every resid...


Invest time in discovering the culture of your local community, workplace etc. Spend time in the places, with the people you are hoping to reach. When seeking to evangelise in an area ...


Have a competition either with your friends or as a local church, to see who can decorate the outside of their homes to best show the real meaning of Christmas. Can you make it bright ...


Host a Christmas treasure hunt, either in your street or around the local church. Hide wrapped chocolates, candy canes, and then provide refreshments afterwards inside. Setup a Christ...


Hold a discussion group at your home. Set a topic each week and see how the conversations develop. Provide coffee and cake, or a meal....


Host a reading group at your house or a friends. Each read through a book over an agreed period of time, varying between a week and a month. Get together to discuss what you thought....


Invite your friends and neighbours to your home to watch a movie. You can make your house into a mini cinema by providing popcorn and fizzy drinks. Discuss the movie afterwards....


Go from door to door giving out lollies or sweets on Halloween. Tell people you are from your church and that you want to bless them. If they ask for further information, explain that...


Skylight is a free family event for the whole community, combining music, live entertainment, food and fairground attractions culminating in a firework finale. Because we have fostered ...


Most people enjoy seeing, and decorating, a Christmas tree.Purchase a Christmas tree and set it up securely in your town centre, decorating it creatively.Have an area where passers-by a...


The project encourages Christian organisations that own unused land and buildings, to make these available for affordable housing. 'The Faith in Affordable Housing' guide, is essential ...


Housing Justice supports churches and other groups to set up, run and develop winter night shelters for homeless people. Typically, a shelter is open from November to March, and operate...


People went to a stall in St Stephen's Shopping Centre each Thursday evening during Advent, marked their street on a map, and collected a professionally designed and printed prayer card...


Community Visiting is where church members move out of their church buildings, and meet people in their own homes....


'Life is a Puzzle' is a resource that helps Christians to engage in conversations with those in our communities who know little or nothing about the Christian faith. It provides a ...


Free Christmas present wrapping in your local shopping centre. Ask your church members to donate wrapping paper, bows and gift tags and to volunteer to wrap presents during shopping cen...


Organise a group of friends to join you Carol Singing around your neighbourhood. Depending on the nature of your community, you could either do some singing at a local shopping area or ...


Work with local agencies and charities to find young or elderly people in your area, who will not be receiving many presents this Christmas. Get your church to donate (unwrapped) presen...


Offer to take assemblies or classes in local schools on the meaning of Christmas....


Liaise with the police to close off your high street for a few hours one evening, to have a fun open-air Christmas event. Work with local traders to see whether they would like to stay ...


The Table Talk for Christmas (and New year) app is an all age conversational game. Written by Lucy Moore (Messy Church), Joanne Cox (Methodist Church ) and Paul Griffiths (The Ugly Duck...


Christ Church in Staffordshire arranged a giant community advent calendar in local shops. With all the windows revealed by Christmas Eve, they held a guided walk through the town to see...


Hold a craft session for children so they can make symbols and decorations for a Christmas tree. You could then hold a special service for the decorations to be placed on the tree....


Invite local schools to take part in a Nativity exhibition where they can display pictures or perform drama and songs. Invite parents and the local community to come and watch....


One man in Oldham, was so encouraged by a mission visit to Ghana and how people there openly shared their faith in their towns, he and his mates decided to create billboard adverts in t...


The Christmas story has been around for a long time, but today it's being forgotten. 'Christmas Starts with Christ' is a campaign aimed at helping churches to make Christ and the a...


Hold a Christingle service in your church, invite the community, and local schools. A Christingle is a fun Christmas activity for families. It is made from an orange, red ribbon, a cand...


Say "thank you" to the Community Workers in your locality, by giving each of them a Christmas card. Try and find out their names, to make connections with each of them....


Here is a challenge for you...How many times can you wish others 'Merry Christmas' today. You could even have a competition with your friends, who will be the Christmas cheer champion?...


Organise a group of people to practise and then go door to door singing Christmas carols. Instead of asking for money, why not surprise your neighbours by giving a gift instead? You cou...


Woodbine Willie was the nickname of the Rev. Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy, who volunteered as a chaplain on the Western Front during World War One.He won the Military Cross for his reckles...


Each year Lliswerry Baptist Church Newport books a billboard in their local community to wish the neighbourhood a 'Merry Christmas'. The billboard highlight's God's love for each of the...


The 'Bag Of Hope' is a free gift that provides the opportunity to share hope and the message of the Gospel. Each bag includes products from a range of UCB and OneHope publications that ...


'Who Let The Dads Out?' is a movement that aims to inspire, resource and support churches to develop projects which will give fathers/father figures and their children the opportunity t...


'Back to School with God Sunday' is a fantastic way to pray for and support your young people and school staff at the start of a new school year. It is an excellent bridge between churc...


Could you create a Facebook page combining your faith and other interests to connect with people? 'REVS Art' is a page developed by Rev Adam Gompertz, which he describes as - 'Automotiv...


In one street, neighbours gathered together to celebrate Christmas in style, by creating their own street Advent calendar. Each of the 24 houses featured a different nativity scene in ...


Try P.A.C.K. (Planned Acts of Christian Kindness). Make it a New Years resolution to love the people of your community by giving them a free gift, or service. Tell them you accept no do...


Holy Trinity Exmouth holds a ‘Hard Questions Café’ on a monthly basis. The evening is conducted in a relaxed café style, with quality refreshments provided. Th...


Host an Easter service or event looking back at the good times in the past. Invite previous church attenders to join you, asking them to bring any old photos or stories they may have. ...


Invite your friends, family and neighbours to an Easter Party at your home. Give the party a 'new life' theme, include Easter games, food and drink.You could:Hire a chocolate fountain,D...


As you celebrate the sacrifice of Jesus, give some of your time to help an elderly neighbour. From changing their light bulbs, to cutting their hedges, there is often something you cou...


Foster relationships with your neighbours by giving them an Easter card....


During Holy Week, post Easter poetry as your Facebook status. Search the internet for poems that eloquently explore Easter, and amaze your friends with your new found cultural heritage...


This idea can be used by individuals or churches of any size. The more people who get involved, the bigger the impact!What’s the idea? Think of something you do on a regular basis...


Why not invite local school classes to visit your church in the run up to Easter and re-enact the Easter story for them? St Polycarp’s in Sheffield did just that with brilliant re...


Many schools would welcome a visit from a Christian or a group from a local church to explain what Easter means to them, and what happened over 2000 years ago. Why not approach you loca...


Why not organise a prayer breakfast for leaders in your community, such as MPs, MEPs local government officials and Police? Ask them how you can best pray for them in their role in the ...


The Mother’s Union in Bishop’s Waltham used a programme devised by the Diocese of Gloucester, and invited the Year 6 classes at their local junior school to visit St Peter&r...


To connect with young people, Gateway Church in Leeds looked at the four most popular YouTube videos and held a service talking through how these clips spoke of the gospel. They also in...


Easter Sunday is an excellent opportunity to connect with people who may come to church irregularly, or for the first time. Here are some suggestions to make the service memorable.Drama...


Gather your young people together for a day cleaning up their town. Provide them with all the equipment they are likely to need, divide them into teams, and set about clearing up rubbis...


Easter Holiday clubs can be fun, give parents a break and help children engage with church and God through fun activities like song, drama, craft, story-telling and games. There are man...


For hundreds of years, Christians in different villages, towns and cities, have joined together to take part in a walk on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ journey from his trial to ...


A practical way to help a charity while also getting your young people thinking about physical and spiritual ‘junk’ in their lives.What’s the idea? At the start of Len...


A free Fun Day is a great way to get the community together and bless people. You could try some of these Easter themed activities:Free Hot Cross Buns or Easter eggsEgg rolling raceEast...


Since 2010 around 20,000 people have gathered in Trafalgar square each Good Friday to watch the passion of Jesus – a re-enactment of the final hours leading up to Jesus’ cru...


The Table Talk for Easter app, is an all age conversational game written by Joanne Cox (Methodist Church ) and Paul Griffiths (The Ugly Duckling Company). The game explores six themes f...


As a church, purchase a large number of high quality silk roses, or heart balloons, and give them away in your community. Stand in a prominent location, and offer the flowers to passer...


Encourage people to talk about love, by posting a photo or picture that represents love. You could include more overtly Christian messages -Jesus showing his love through sacrifice, or...


Give something away for St Valentine’s Day. Show love through generosity. This could be something you currently own, or you could purchase a nice present for someone....


Oddments Theatre is specialised to produce lively retellings of Bible stories, combining high energy with colourful sets and extensive props. All the Bible stories have something to tel...


'Acts 1:8 Evangelism Training' enables churches to train, equip and release congregations into local evangelism. The resource can be used in one of three ways.Simply purchase the manual...


Order and distribute free 'Books of Hope' to children in your area.  You could give them out a children's event, or pass a copy to your friend or neighbour....


You may already give out flowers to mothers at church on Mothering Sunday, but why not try giving away flowers to mums in your community? Find a prominent location, buy some flowers, a...


Hold a pamper evening at your church for the women, or a smaller scale event for your friends at your home. Purchase luxury beauty items and get together with some refreshments. You c...


Organise a day out for some of the mums in your community, on a date around Mother's Day. You could provide transport, a light lunch, and a team to look after the children to give thei...


This Mother's Day, why not offer to babysit for a local mum you know well....


'The Noise' is committed to serving in urban estate communities in Bristol. This involves serving in practical community projects, family fun afternoons, senior citizens events, and oth...


'Daddy Cool!' is a five-session parenting programme for dads and father figures. It's not touchy, feely, pink and fluffy stuff. It's about food, activity, competition and facing up to t...


As a man in today's society, it can be hard to find helpful opportunities to discuss the big and not so big questions of life. One approach is to setup a 'Soul Man?' group, for the men ...


Connect with your community by organising, or taking part in a local summer fete. Many community groups will be present at events like these, but not many will offer creative, engaging ...


Organise and advertise a community beach trip with games, food, sandcastle competitions and activities for all ages. If you want to keep this activity simple. encourage the community ...


Could you organise a street party in your area? You could invite all of your neighbours to take part, and seek permission to close the street. Alternatively if available, you could us...


Make use of the warmer weather to fundraise for community organisations. From sponsored walks to cakes sales, there are many ways that you can raise money. Try to offer an activity that...


'In-service day (INSET Day) holiday clubs' or 'One-day holiday clubs' started in 1994 with Aberfeldy Parish Church.  Holiday club days have since spread throughout Perthshire and o...


Design a postcard offering a 'helping hand' to neighbours who have non-specialist jobs that need doing around the house or in the garden. Include a return address or contact telephone ...


How can each one of us live out Christ in the context of where we work, where we live and in our families? Cell UK has brought together 40 fantastic ideas for use in small groups.These ...


The Table Talk for Scotland app is a conversational game that enables people to explore the big and not-so-big questions of life. In each game there are six themes with many questions p...


Table Talk for forces app is a conversational game. Written by those who have served or are serving in the Forces the game creates space for friends to chat with friends about the big a...


Table Talk for Uni Students app is a conversational game that creates space for friends to talk to friends about the big and not so big questions of life. Each app includes six themes t...


Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people dressed as Mary and Joseph travelled from house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arri...


Messy Church is an all age celebration that typically runs once a month. It is a fresh expression of church, that seeks to be accessible, engaging and fun for all ages. Each session is ...


'Table Talk' is a conversational game, available in a range of editions. 'Table Talk for Third Agers' is designed for the actively retired, or those going through changes in life or sta...


Contact for Christ is an agency which puts people who are investigating the Christian faith in touch with someone local who can help them find answers to their questions. It has provide...


Men often like a challenge, so why not setup a 'Dads Olympics'. Gather a range of fun challenges for the dads to complete with their children, such as: egg throwing and catching, Best b...


Do something fun for Father’s day. Bacon butties, a Harley in church, inter-church 5 a side football contest, race to assemble a flat pack table, hold a quiz, build the tallest Lego to...


What could be simpler than an ad hoc gathering at the local park? Take equipment with you to play games and sports. Invite the dads in your community, your street or at work to join you...


Many a father-child project has later caused a now older child to look back with fond memories on the time spent with their fathers. Why not organise a soapbox car challenge with your ...


Do you know a local Carpenter, Graphic Designer, first aider, bike maintenance guru, basic car maintenance chief, Web Designer, or even someone who can cook the perfect steak, or cultiv...


If you have a church with land attached, or can get permission at a community location, why not transform a small area into a beach. Buy in some sand, paddling pools, and create a beac...


Talk with your town or community council and find out if there are any community projects in the area that you could take part in. Paint a fence, a playground, pick up litter, tidy an a...


Organise a community event to exchange unwanted/unneeded items. Advertise with flyers and word of mouth invitations. Encourage people to bring items that they no longer need and are pre...


If you have the available funds, why not create a fun afternoon that your community will love. Hire items such as a surfing simulator, Sumo Suits, a Bouncy Castle, and provide them fre...


‘Who am I?’ is an activity that could be used as part of a holiday club. You could get volunteers from your church, the children’s parents and the community to dress u...


Organise a scavenger hunt using photos of your local area as clues.  Participants follow each clue to lead them on a set route around your community.You will need to...Place a seri...


'Direction Magazine' is a high-quality monthly magazine providing inspiration, vision and teaching for everyone in Elim, and beyond....


'iBelieve' is an engaging and encouraging new Christian lifestyle magazine that is perfect for everyone who believes and people who want to believe!...


New Life is a lively 12-page monthly newspaper, packed with real life testimonies, news and celebrity interviews, to build up believers and help Christians reach out to their community....


'Heroes of the Faith' is a high-quality quarterly magazine, charting the outstanding moves of God and revivals of the past. Readers of 'Heroes of the Faith' will be encouraged to seek G...


Many churches hold a Harvest Festival, which presents an opportunity to thank God for all that he has provided. This is a great chance to involve the wider community in your church serv...


For many, Harvest is traditionally associated with collecting non-perishable food items, and donating them to people who need help in the community. Make the most of your food collectio...


Go door-to-door in your neighbourhood, and ask residents what they are thankful for, and what they most need. This information can then be used: to inform future outreach projectsas par...


Why not take Harvest as an opportunity to bless your neighbours, friends and family with kindness? You could: - Rake leaves for your neighbours. - Drop friendly reminders about the cloc...


It may not be the first thing that springs to mind, but being thankful for where we live is an important attitude for churches to adopt. In spite of the headlines and falling red lines ...


When someone gets a new job, or is promoted, it is something to be thankful for, and perhaps to acknowledged as a whole church. Furthermore, a new job is not just a source of provision;...


'Caring for Ex-Offenders' vision is to reduce re-offending by reintegrating ex-offenders into society through the local church. They equip churches, through training and advice, to enab...


'Chatterbox' is a creative resource, produced by Hope Revolution, to help kick start your youth group into mission. The 'Chatterbox' will take you through the various stages of thinking...


Prospects is a Christian not-for-profit organisation that values and supports people with learning disabilities, to help them live their lives to the full. This is achieved:Through mana...


The Refugee Support Network (RSN) supports young people affected by displacement and crisis, through an educational mentoring programme for unaccompanied refugee and asylum- seeking you...


Invite people to read the events of the first Christmas for themselves with 'The Christmas Story'.  An ideal giveaway at carol services and other seasonal occasions....


Why not invite your friends and community to join you in a sponsored ‘Hungry Games’ to raise money for a charity that provides food and water for the poorest people groups, ...


Princes Avenue Methodist Church in Hull began their open Doors project in 2000 to welcome asylum seekers and refugees. The church had found many were fleeing to the city from Africa and...


Safe Families for Children (SFFC), is a new initiative offering churches a great opportunity to transform the lives of children and families, by offering hospitality, and practical supp...


Organise day trips for the elderly to near, or far, places of interest as an opportunity to socialise. Perhaps when you have done a few of these, organise a long weekend, or even a week...


TLG is a charity with a Christian ethos, enabling churches to work with children and young people at risk of exclusion from school, or in crisis in their education. They work in primary...


As a family, could you find out if there are any elderly or vulnerable people, who might be scared by the Halloween ‘trick or treaters’, and look after them for the evening?...


‘Healing on the Streets’ is an opportunity to offer a prayer to passers-by in your town, village or city. It usually happens in a place where there is a large footfall. A te...


Seniors citizens are often concerned with; finances, health and death: so consider inviting experts in these fields to come and give guidance on these issues (such as how to handle fina...


As you get to know the elderly people in your community, you may find they would like events based around special interests; such as arts and crafts, gentle exercise, photography, techn...


Holiday periods can be a particularly painful and lonely time for elderly people. Try to arrange Christmas, Easter and summer activities; such as special meals, film viewings, day trips...


Hold a special Alpha or Christianity Explored group, and arrange transportation to and from the venue for elderly participants. Consider: The length of the group: should you try a short...


Offer to pray for, and with, elderly people who are suffering physically or emotionally. Give them opportunities to mention friends or family members they would like you to pray for as ...


Kings Community Church (KCC), near Southampton, has been working with elderly people in its community for a number of years, and has seen some amazing results. Once a week, they run HAL...


Set up a discussion group that is genuinely neutral and is part of the community. Partner with a non-Christian to run the group, so that the leadership is transparently clear of any eva...


Is there something in your life that you just can't stop doing even though you want to? Maybe it's smoking, binge drinking, gambling or an Internet addiction? Do you feel like it’s just...


If you are feeling weighed down by debt, then we can help. You may think your situation is impossible, but there is hope. CAP's friendly team will give you a listening ear in the privac...


The CAP Money Course is a free course that will teach you budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks, you will get to grips with your finances so y...


Simon and Helen Moores would love to shed kindness across our community, city and beyond into this nation and the world this Christmas. They invite you all to take part. Each morning fo...


Give your neighbours a break this Christmas.  Offer to look after their children while they finish their Christmas shopping or spend some time together....


Why not hand deliver your Christmas cards this year? Take time to chat with the people receiving them. You could ask them if they have any prayer requests for the upcoming new year....


Think about someone you see everyday, perhaps they serve you on your way to work. Could you buy them a small gift and a card to say thank you for their help during the year....


St Wulfram's Parish Church in Grantham ran their first ever Christmas Tree Festival in 24th - 29th November 2015. A community celebration with Christmas Trees from local community, sch...


We bought 7 lightbulbs from a local shop. Pete, a volunteer from the light project, and I, wrote simple messages about light in darkness on the boxes and then took to the streets of Pet...


You could visit all of the pubs in your town, even the dodgy ones, dressed as a character from the Nativity. I usually carry gifts with me and combine it with some of my other ideas (se...


National Outreach Day - (NOD) Pentecost Sunday 15th May. Encouraging every church to look for ways of spreading the gospel and to reach their local community with it by going out with t...


Sharing the gospel by using just one verse - Romans 6 v 23. This is illustrated on a Postcard so that the user can point out how the verse is applied to the listener, thus engaging them...


We ran a lantern-making workshop during the afternoon, aimed at families, followed by a candle-lit lantern parade around the area telling the Christmas story. It involved the group walk...


We hosted a street party for the Queen's Jubilee. It involved creating bunting, a bring and share lunch, music and a litter pick....


We set up a decorated Christmas tree in the centre of our neighbourhood and invited people to come sing carols and hear the story of Christmas around it. We also gave out mince pies and...


Gather your a group from your church or your friends together to 'flash mob' an area of your community with the hymn Amazing Grace. Just as your finishing, or when you've finished, hand...


Yes, you read it right, not 'palm reading' but ‘Psalm Reading’. I reckon this works at any event where there are unchurched people - Fayres, Garden Parties, Missions etc etc...


At our church gathering on Christmas morning we attempted the mannequin challenge--a viral internet craze of 2016. We got everyone to freeze and walked around with a camera, making 20-s...


There are so many ways we can share our faith because Jesus demonstrated so many effective models. One that Paul Wallington, St Swithun’s School chaplain, has adopted is all about...


Evangelism is chameleonic, changing and transforming based on the many factors that make up a specific context. According to the group of youth ministry professionals in this video, how...


Oxygen is a Youth for Christ centre that works in a London borough. The organisation focuses on how it can meet young people’s practical needs. Watch the video to see how Oxygen&r...

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