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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...


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...


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...


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 ...


Host a Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise be alone....


Operation Rudolph gives quality hampers to those who face a difficult Christmas in Nottingham. These 'hampers of hope' have items that are carefully chosen, lovingly packed and faithful...


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....


Brislington Christian Fellowship in Bristol has been producing tract leaflets for a number of years. They drop them through local doors each quarter, to share the good news in a non-thr...


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...


Here is an idea to think about for next year.'Christmas Lunch on Jesus' is an outreach project initiated by Jesus House in London, which distributes free Christmas hampers to residents ...


Run drama, dance or music workshops for young people during the autumn and then give them an opportunity to show off their new talents at a Christmas showcase for parents and friends....


One church had planned an afternoon programme for children and families, but no-one came. As a result, the young volunteers decided to take trays of hot chocolate out to the skate park ...


Get your young people to raise money for charity by holding a 'Front Room Fundraiser'. Watch a film or sporting event, play some games or have some food - anything you like that gathers...


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...


Here is a really simple way you could get people in pubs, clubs, community centres, care homes or anywhere people come together, to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas. How? Follow ...


Why not use one of Sheila Wilson's great musicals themed around the Nativity to engage with Children? There are different musicals for various age groups.Find out more at www.redheadmus...


The last place you may imagine for a Christian act of worship is a sports stadium. But, across the land, from Portsmouth to Leeds, from Shrewsbury to Sheffield, more and more clubs are ...


Hundreds of people came through the doors of Hadleigh, Suffolk United Reformed Church, over the Advent season, to witness something of the truth of the Nativity portrayed in one of toda...


Shrove Tuesday is a great opportunity to hold a party where you can invite your friends, work colleagues and neighbours round for a pancake. Your party could include the following activ...


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...


Flesh and blood is a campaign by Kore and 'NHS Blood and Transplant' to encourage church members to consider giving blood and donating organs. See www.fleshandblood.org for free re...


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...


Run a competition to see who can produce the best image around an Easter theme e.g. ‘hope’ or ‘new life’.Launch the competition in schools, through community gro...


Find significant places in your community where there will be good passing traffic and hand out Hot Cross Buns as a small celebration of Easter. This works well at places like train sta...


Pick a street to adopt. It could be where you live, where your small group meets, or a road you walk down regularly on your way to work, school, or the shops.Pray for your street You co...


How about getting your church members to donate eggs, then give them to social services, or the local hospital to give to children who wouldn’t normally receive gifts at Easter?...


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 ...


St Mary’s Church in Luton used the popular CS Lewis story The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe to attract attention to their church. They put a wardrobe in their doorway so that p...


Gather a group of enthusiastic singers from both the church and the surrounding community and begin rehearsals. It could just be for the fun of singing together or you could put on a pe...


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...


Using chocolate to share the true message of Easter.What’s the idea? Challenge your young people to give out a small Easter egg to each of their friends/classmates and use it to e...


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...


On the Thursday before Easter, also known as Maundy or Holy Thursday, we remember how Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, demonstrating the kind of service and love we’re to d...


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...


Composer Sheila Wilson has written three Easter musicals to suit different age groups (4-8, 5-11 and teenagers) that are around 15-25 minutes long. Each musical captures the hopes, the ...


Enabling the church to house the vulnerable.Vision ‘Hope Into Action,’ has a vision for every church in every community, to provide accommodation and support for at least tw...


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....


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...


Host a meal at home, including friends from outside of your church. During the meal, give everyone a chance to express what they are thankful for....


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...


There are countless ways you could make your Harvest supper special for the members of your community. You could consider suggesting a menu ahead of the event, and then growing the nece...


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...


Each day we eat foods from all around the world. You could take up the challenge of counting all the different food you eat each day, and keep track of the places it comes from. As a s...


www.redheadmusic.co.uk features a wide range of Harvest musicals with catchy songs and readings. The productions are aimed at different age groups; from Key Stage 1 to older teenagers. ...


Invite your young people to come together for an afternoon, where they take to the streets with a 'thankfulness' sign and flip charts. They can ask passers-by to write on the flip chart...


Arrange your young people into groups of two or three, and challenge them to bless members of their community, by spending £5 in the most creative and beneficial ways.  Use t...


Create an opportunity for a group of young people to take to the streets one lunchtime in Harvest. The idea is for them to set up a stall, make sandwiches and give them away to people. ...


Harvest is an opportunity for young people to be challenged to love and serve their local communities through what they say and do. The idea is for young people to offer a free lawn-mow...


Harvest can be an opportunity to celebrate our health and give thanks for our bodies, by involving young people in community sports challenges and competitions. Hold a half-day sports e...


Challenge your young people to invite pupils, from their schools, to provide hampers of non-perishable foods for vulnerable people in the community. Consider:How you can get teachers, a...


A 24-hour fast could be a great way to raise money for a local, national or international project that helps to feed people who are in need. Participants could fast for just one meal if...


Use Harvest as an opportunity to thank your teachers for their investment in you; to show your respect and appreciation for all they do. You could: Buy them chocolate or some flowers.Wr...


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 ...


If you are able to, you could invite a new neighbour to dinner each month, starting with a Harvest meal....


During a normal Sunday worship, perhaps once a month, the church leader interviews one of the congregation for two minutes. They ask the interviewee a few questions about their daily oc...


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;...


Most churches take up an offering every Sunday, so you don’t have to change anything in a service to begin to enrich people’s understanding of God’s generosity. Across...


Just as Plough Sunday, Rogation Sunday and Harvest represented key moments in the agricultural cycle (not least in terms of effort), a church can connect its prayer for different people...


On the completion of each day’s work of creation in Genesis 1 - 2, God blessed the living creatures he had made, bidding them to increase, multiply and fill the earth. Blessing is...


One of the things a church can do is thank God for the businesses, shops and organizations you have in your area. You could be proactive, telling local shopkeepers or businesses that th...


Gateway Chapel is a ministry where young, and seasoned professionals are trained to become urban missionaries in their career and businesses, through a training and mentoring programme....


Caféchurch provides a fresh expression of community, bringing people into the relaxed café atmosphere of a coffee shop to deal with issues from a faith perspective. At caf...


'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...


Sunday Night Live (SNL) provides the ability, training and resources to host live entertainment, with a twist of faith in high street coffee shops. Each event is hosted by a group of lo...


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...


Parish Nursing is a way for nurses to reach the local community and provide holistic health care. Parish Nurses do not perform clinical tasks but fulfil other aspects of the wider nursi...


'LifeMatters' is a Scripture Union initiative to help pupils make the transition from primary to secondary school. It is organised by local churches and run in partnership with schools,...


In February 2011 a sister organisation to Street Pastors, called School Pastors, was launched nationally after several trial projects. School Pastors aims to reduce bullying, anti-socia...


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...


Romance Academy seeks to break the cycle of damaging relationships, by giving young people the tools to make positive choices around their sexual and relational health. Through structur...


XL-Mentoring works with young people referred by local schools, pupil referral units, youth services and the Police. These young people have either been excluded from school or are at r...


Highway of Holiness in Tottenham, London, run a youth club to provide young people with a safe environment to come to, to enable them to interact, play, learn and develop their skills. ...


'Nomad' are YFC's high energy touring team, focused on using a dynamic blend of cage football and relations youth work, in order to engage young people with the good news. Nomad can be ...


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...


Invite church members to provide a dinner for the elderly people in your community, or organise a trip to an eatery that will provide the group with a low cost lunch. For simple and low...


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...


‘Uncover’ is a Christian Union campaign to help students engage with the gospel. It is a series of six seeker Bible studies, written by Rebecca Manley Pippert; international...


‘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...


Café in a Box is a great resource for inspiring churches to run a youth focused café, using any sporting event as a catalyst to gather and welcome their friends. Aylesbury...


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...


This generation of elderly people have mostly been brought up in the Christian faith, but they are often cut off from Church life when they move into residential care. Parche — Pa...


The Link Visiting Scheme is a befriending service, based in the Borough of Wokingham, aiming to combat social isolation among older people. This is primarily through home visits carried...

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