There are endless possibilities for what you can do on a Get Out of Church Sunday. Below are a whole load of ideas you can use and adapt within your local context. We would encourage you to be as creative as possible but more importantly be authentic to who you are and the community you are situated in. The focus should be on doing something fun and different – but it’s better to do one thing well rather than trying to do too much.
Random Acts of Kindness
A small, kind act can make the world of difference to someone. So why not encourage everyone in the congregation to bless others as they get out of church. It may not look like traditional evangelism but it sows seeds in the community and in people’s lives.
The Word on the Street
The bible is a book of the marketplace as well as the church. Why not arrange to meet in a public place like a café or pub with a small group to explore the bible in a new way. Allow the surroundings to impact on what you are sharing and let the words speak in to the world you live in.
Jesus spent many hours eating and talking with people from all walks of life. A community meal is a great way to meet those who live next door to the church. Around the table you get chance to share experiences and learn from each other.
Meeting Your Neighbours
Meeting the people who live around your church is a powerful way of hearing what they enjoy about their community and the concerns they have. Going from door-to-door to open up a conversation is a great way of meeting and engaging with those who share the same space as the church. Through these conversations you can find ways in which you can serve and work alongside them as a church.
A practical community project is a great way for getting people together from all walks of life, talking & building relationships & positively impacting on the community at the same time. You may be surprised at the variety of people who want to get involved with something to improve the community.
Taking the Service Out
Instead of holding your service inside the church why not find somewhere else to meet. You could go out to nursing homes or hold it outdoors in the local park or on the sea front. Take your service to the streets and invite your community to join with you.
Holiday at Home
Have a day of activities and fun for those who may struggle to get away for a holiday. It’s a great chance to meet people from the community and provide an occasion for them to socialise and build links with others.
Praying on the Streets
Why not organise a prayer walk round your local area or set up a prayer wall in the local park. You could also set up a labyrinth somewhere and invite people to use it. Prayer is powerful and there are lots of ways you can engage with it outside of church.
Why not hold a Messy Church outside of church. You could do it at the local supermarket or leisure centre. People love being creative and Messy Church is a great way to meet families whilst having fun.