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Get in the Picture
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...
Give a local bakery £50 to offer free food to anyone who comes in. One Sunday morning when this was tried in Peterborough, the local bakery worker was heard saying again and again...
Painting good news
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. ...
Message in a bottle
We decorated 6 bottles and placed poems in them for people to find. We prayerfully hid them around a housing estate, asking God that they wouldn’t be seen as a nuisance, but inste...
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...
GOD IS NOWHERE
This is a street outreach activity using a medium sized chalk board, which is placed in a prominent position. It is a good idea to have a team standing near the board to answer any ques...
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...
Need a hand?
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...
The Free Fruits (of the Spirit) stall
Setup a free fruit stall in a prominent location and offer people free fruit. Customise each piece of fruit with one of the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, g...
I am loved
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 ...
Fathers Day giveaway
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...
Happy Birthday Jesus Card
‘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...
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?...
Jesus Video Door to Door
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,...
Walking to war memorials
Invite your friends and neighbours to walk to, and between local War Memorial sites. Include an act of remembrance at each one. You could also invite them in for tea and coffee afterwar...
Treat or treat
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...
Christmas Tree Prayers
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...
Christmas village fete
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 ...
Community Advent Calendar
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...
Christmas gospel message
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...
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...
Hot chocolate for skaters
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 ...
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...
Lliswerry Christmas Billboard Campaign
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...
Street Advent Calendar
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 ...
Visit an elderly neighbour
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...
Give your neighbour an Easter card
Foster relationships with your neighbours by giving them an Easter card....
Hot Cross Buns
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...
Love your street
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...
Easter spring clean
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...
Make your Easter parade a walk of blessing
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 ...
The Passion at the heart of your community
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...
Give flowers or balloons away
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...
Mother's Day street flowers
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...
Most people have invited a few friends over for a summer barbecue, but how about doing it for the whole street, or outside your church for a Sunday lunch, or in the local park?Who? You ...
'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...
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...
A Helping Hand
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 ...
Fun for Father's Day, in the church or on the street
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...
Street 'Man Cave'
Outside your church or at a suitable street side location, create a ‘Man cave’. A ‘Man cave’ is a designated area deliberately filled with all things stereotypic...
This idea will take some preparation, so you may want to start preparing it for Father's Day next year.Set up a shed in a prominent location in your town or city centre. Include a small...
Chalk drawing - community mural
Create a community mural exploring what it means to be part of your town, using chalk. Take photos of the artwork (with permission) as it is completed. Invite people to see the photo&rs...
Creation based ‘flash mob’
Retell the story of creation in a prominent community location using a 'Flash Mob'. Use dance, and an upbeat song such as the Rend Collective’s ‘Create in me’. T...
Street, water fight
Organise a picnic followed by a water fight, for families in your street.You could:• Include a game such as capture the flag. This involves two bases, each with a removable flag and tw...
Who am I? – a holiday club activity
‘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...
Community survey of thankfulness
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...
Harvest expressions of thankfulness
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...
Harvest £5 Giveaway
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...
Healing on the Streets (HOTS)
‘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...
Incarnation is a Big Issue
During the busyness of the Christmas shopping why not take some time to chat with your local Big Issue seller. Ask them about their story, buy them a coffee, you could also offer to pra...
Christ on a Bike
This project is called ‘Christ on a Bike’ and involves putting the words of Jesus on painted bikes locked up throughout the town. The bikes point you to the following websit...
Bringing light on Black Friday
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...
Dress up like an idiot - for Christmas
You could enjoy yourselves, dressing up to share the news of Jesus. Here are a few ideas: A live nativity complete with donkey brings the old story to people's attention. Children love ...
Art installation - small door big truths
This 4 foot door - art installation, conveyed the message of Matthew 18:3 about the kingdom of heaven.Jesus said: ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children yo...
I will shelter you
Make use of the rain and offer people shelter under your golfing style umbrella. When the rain fell I walked with people from one side of the square to the other, which included 2 mums ...
A community event where everyone and every group is invited to create lanterns out of natural materials to fit with that year’s chosen theme. You will needA route for your pa...
Jubilee street party
We hosted a street party for the Queen's Jubilee. It involved creating bunting, a bring and share lunch, music and a litter pick....
Reality Youth Bus
The Reality Bus is a youth centre on wheels. It has the games, the technology, the space, the youth workers and, of course, the kettle. It has a DJ deck, video games, nail polish, cards...
Stories from the bus
The Reality Youth Bus works with young people across Leicester as a mobile youth centre. It works to build connections between the young people and their communities and to spread messa...
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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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