On a sunny saturday morning every June, the members of the church in Aspull Village can be found on the green jumping frantically up and down, and pounding on the earth. Why? Every year the church hosts a contest. The prize is to be named ‘Champion Worm Charmer of Aspull Village’.
While you may not yet have such a storied history of fundraising events, it is never too late to start, and we hope you find some of the ideas below useful for your church.
Snack shop – sell a selection of snacks and drinks at your group meetings and put the profits towards the church. This is a great way to get the church members involved in fundraising as they can be responsible for running the shop.
Church film night – once a month, why not organise a regular social where the whole group gets together in the church hall and watches a movie. Sell tickets and refreshments to boost your funds.
Expert night – is there an expert among you who could use their knowledge to help raise funds. This could be an amateur historian willing to donate an evening for a lecture, or a well travelled church member with plenty of tales to tell. Whoever your expert is, charge admission for the event and sell refreshments on the evening to raise money.
Car boot sales – a great opportunity for the whole group to have a good clear out, a car boot sale is a great way to raise funds. If you have grounds or a church hall, then why not use them to host sales for the local community, with the church keeping the stall fees. Maybe some of your stall holders will even donate their profits to the church.
Village sales – organise a cake morning and bring along delicious treats to sell to friends and family. Or perhaps you have a green fingered guru among your parish? It is easy to nurture a few different species of flower, herb or vegetable plants to adulthood and then sell the plants in small pots at a church sale.
Charity walk – is there a local walk or hill climb which your group can take on for charity. Even a walking trip around the local pubs can be approached as a fundraising challenge!