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An evening is setup at the local church, or in homes. Non Christian friends are invited to come along and discuss 'Hot Potatoes'; those topics that people find most the most challenging...
Speaker and a Meal
Our church has a bi-annual mission week which had become more and more complicated as the years went by. To change the format, either prominent well known Christians or people with an ...
Book of Remembrance
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...
War poetry reading
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...
Celebrating Lliswerry BBQ Party and Plant Swap
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...
Faith in Affordable Housing
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...
Host a Christmas dinner for those who would otherwise be alone....
Get crafty for Christmas
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....
Christmas Starts with Christ
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...
Invite a friend to your church carol service
Invite your friend to you local church carol service. You could invite them to your house afterwards for a mince pie and a coffee, or for dinner....
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....
Musicals for Children
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 Nativity with a difference
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...
Who Let The Dads Out?
'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
'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...
Hard Questions Cafe
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...
Sponsored Easter ‘Hymn Sing’ evening
Raise money for a charity with a sponsored ‘Hymn Sing’. Create a list of well known Easter hymns and songs, and invite people from around the community to sponsor their favourite one, ...
Take a walk down memory lane
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. ...
Easter songs of praise
Hold a special service, singing the best Easter hymns and songs. Invite the community and provide refreshments. Include a homily about the importance of Easter....
Invite a friend to an Easter Service
Invite a friend to an Easter service at your local church.You could:• Pray beforehand for the right opportunity to ask them, • Pray that they will agree to come.• Offer them a lift, and...
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...
A walk through the Easter story
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...
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 ...
Stations of the Cross for school children
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...
The gospel according to YouTube
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...
Making the most of your Easter Sunday service
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...
Easter holiday clubs
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...
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...
Lent collection for charity
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...
Easter Fun Day
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...
Youth, children and schools
The rugby authorities want to get rugby and the message of its values into every school in the country and are open to churches helping make this happen.As a result, any church with lin...
The intense interest in the World Cup, and wide interest in sport, offers lots of opportunities to hold good quality events under the banner of Engage 2015 to which guests can be invite...
The Rugby World Cup is coming this autumn, and it provides an excellent opportunity to connect with your community and invite your friends. Why not host a screening of one, or all...
Mother's Day pamper evening
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...
Singalong Wizard of Oz
Watching a movie can be fun. Being part of the movie, singing along, booing the bad guys and cheering the good ones, in a movie themed room, dressed as the characters with lots of other...
Once an Addict DVD
The 'Once an Addict' DVD, is a unique documentary that chronicles Barry's life. It also revisits the places where he used to live and where he encountered addiction and despair, but als...
'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...
One-day holiday club
'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...
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 ...
Skills training day
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...
Big swap shop
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...
Harvest: Food Collections
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...
TTT: This Time Tomorrow
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...
Commissioning and thankfulness
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;...
After the offering prayer
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...
Prayer and pressure points
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...
Prayer blessing @ work
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...
Caring for Ex-Offenders
'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...
The Hungry Games - Harvest activity
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, ...
Celebrate the Rugby World Cup final
This year the Rugby World Cup is hosted by England. October 31st 2015 is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the final of the rugby world cup instead of Halloween, with a fun family ...
Prayer for the Elderly
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 ...
Plan a Bible Sunday
Through the autumn, many churches will mark a Bible Sunday: a day when we celebrate the role of the Bible, in our church and faith. If you are holding a special service this year, here ...
iSingPOP is Innervation Trust's primary school singing and recording project. We give thousands of children the chance to learn an amazing set of specially written pop songs, record the...
Christmas The Story
We take our children to see Santa year after year. We love going. It’s become a tradition. So why not the Christmas story as well? 'Christmas the Story' seeks to bring the nativit...
Christmas Tree Festival and Ice rink
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...
A film a day for Holy Week
Watch a short film each day of Holy week. Eight short animations tell the story of Holy Week, from Palm Sunday and the triumphal entry, to Good Friday and the cross, and culminating in ...
Easter Prayer Stations
Five prayer stations on the theme of Easter. Download the resource and set up the stations in your church to help people experience Easter through the Bible's life words....
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...
Based around the idea of a cafe environment, Cafe Hope was designed to offer an alternative to trick or treating to local young people of Forest Gate Church and the surrounding area. It...
Lumo Project: Gospel of John Screening
TAKING EACH OF THE NEW TESTAMENT GOSPELS UNEDITED AND UNABRIDGED AS ITS SCRIPT, THE LUMO PROJECT OFFERS FOUR FEATURE-LENGTH FILMS THAT REVOLUTIONISE THE WAY WE EXPERIENCE AND UNDERSTAND...
FEAST is based on the concept of offering a good meal with starter, main course and dessert. After a light breakfast in the church room next to the main building everyone is invited int...
Senior Songs of Praise
A short service with light refreshments, served before hand, singing a selection of well known and loved hymns and chorus for the senior citizens of our community. To enable those who h...
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A social event, a gathering of friends or an event run by a group of Christians to which their friends are invited. The only spiritual conversations that take place, are the unplanned ones as people get to know one another.
An activity that intentionally supports people in the local community. For example: door-to-door evangelism, a Toddler group where Christians intentionally mingle and make friends with those attending, or a Foodbank drop in session. Spiritual conversations may develop as connections are made and people are served.
An event in a relaxed setting with intentional spiritual conversation. For example: a social event, such as a meal with a Christian after dinner speaker, sharing the gospel or a personal story with others, or exploring the Christian faith with a local school.
An evangelistic course run over several weeks to which friends are invited. There is an element of presentation and discussion.
A church service, including seeker friendly and invitational services such as ‘The Big Welcome’ or ‘Back to Church Sunday’.
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