Together, as part of Love Wycombe, we want to show God’s love practically and generously to our town…. imagine how great it will be when churches across Wycombe join together by doing this in their area of the town.
What is happening?
- Saturday 7 May – Litter pick in area around Cores End United Reformed Church and school
- Saturday 14 May – Love Downley and Disraeli Day – 3 churches together for a day of activities.
- Saturday 21 May – St Andrew’s are running a community Fun Day, known locally as The Noise.
- Sunday 22 May – King’s Church are Litter Picking in the Town Centre, in partnership with HW BIDco… if you are interested in joining in, sign up here.
- 23 May – 3 June – ‘Do One (kind) Thing’ project – Union Baptist Church are working with One Can Trust and Wycombe Mind to do a range of small projects to make a difference for people who are struggling at the moment – gardening, baking them a cake, painting a wall etc. Each community project is celebrated with a brick in our Do One Thing wall.
- Saturday 28 May – The Community Church bring a ‘Tsunami of Love’ in Bourne End. Meeting at the Day Centre, Wakeman Rd at 10.30am… click here for more information and to sign up.
- Sunday 29 May – Litter pick in area around Trinity URC Church and The Rye (meet at church around 11.45 am)
- Saturday 11 June – Action Day – Union Baptist Church will be working at Hannah Ball school to paint fence, clear overgrown areas, plant up planters and other gardening.
- Saturday 11 June – Big Green Dome Stay & Play, for 0-4 year olds, 9:30-11:30am… click here for more information.
- Saturday 11 June – Churches in the Desborough, Booker and Castlefield areas are organising a Jubilee Walkabout, 11am to 3pm, plannig to offer free refreshments to walkers and have other stalls and activities to be confirmed. This is in partnership with Bucks Active Communities to promote their walks and encouraging people to become more active
- Saturday 11 June – Oakridge Baptist Church are hosting FREE refreshments and activities with their ‘Jubilee Cuppa & Cake’ event, 11am – 3pm and ALL ARE WELCOME!
WHAT MIGHT THIS LOOK LIKE?
This will look different for different churches depending on who your church members are, the skills they have and, also, what would work in your area, as well as who you choose to serve.
Or, you could join with other churches in your area and do something together!
The key ingredients for community events is that they are FREE and LOCAL, a practical example of God’s EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY to those nearby to your church. Community events can be a great place of CONNECTION as you meet with others living in your neighbourhood.
Host a cream tea or afternoon tea at church or out in the community.
Host a Fun Morning or Afternoon with activities for the families:
- hire a bouncy castle, inflatable assault course or something similar
- Face painting
- Coloured hair spray or braids
- Children’s craft
- Nail painting
- Café with newspapers
- Family games they can join in together
- Sport, maybe football if you have outdoor space or beat the goalie
Support a local charity (ask what you could do with them or for them)
- Car Washing with a café?
- Film showing
- Skills workshop eg dance, craft, baking
- Live music performance
- Group fitness
You may have people you know who need a helping hand and if not ask others working in your area for referrals and ideas such as your local councillor, schools, health visitors, housing association etc.
- Garden & decorating projects lending helping hand to those that need it. If those you are doing the project are able to help on the day or have family or friends you can help then you can do the project together. Note that garden projects are often garden clearances.
- Fence painting
- Projects for your local school or youth club etc – ask them what you could do a project for them or with them
- Cleaning local play areas or Litter picking – Equipment, tools and support to help you do this available from:
- Woodland / Pathway maintenance –
- Picnic & walk
- Treasure Hunt
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO?
- Gather a planning team
- Save the Date
- Promote your event
- Use the Love Wycombe logo on your publicity
- Tell your church members what you’re doing and why, and encourage them to volunteer.
- Depending on what you do depends how you want to publicise it.
- Large poster outside your church
- Ask your local schools to email something out
- Use banners outside the church
- Promote on your Facebook and Instagram accounts
- Give out flyers
- Let us know what you’re doing!
- Once you know what you are doing, fill in the form so we can add you to our list.
- Team Prayer – It is great to start the day with prayer and worship for those getting involved, and maybe bacon butties & coffee!
- Insurance – If you are doing anything different do check with your insurer if you need to do anything
- Church of England churches need to have their activities approved by their PCC or governing body
- Risk Assessments – Do risk assessments to cover everything you plan to do – template attached if you need one
- Photos – if taking photos of your event do put signs up and get written permission from people to use the photos. Photo permission slip attached.
- Cafes – think of allergies and don’t use nuts or sesame as ingredients. Put up a sign in the café to say that you can’t guarantee all items are nut free.
- Children – For family events you may find it useful to have signs saying that children remain the responsibility of the parent/carer
- Health & Safety – Do make sure that you carefully risk assess what you intend to do and put appropriate measures in place to minimise risks e.g. protective wear for volunteers completing practical projects, food hygiene monitoring and having first aiders and first aid kits available
- Let the rest of your congregation know about the Celebration and pray together for Love Wycombe as we show God’s Love practically to our town.
- If you have been able to gather any contact details of those you had contact with during your project, within GDPR of course, invite them to the Celebration, as well as continuing to pray for them.