Festivals and events!
We want to be known as a Church for all that proclaims the saving Good News that God is for all. We want to be a Church that seeks out ways to meet new people, build
relationships, offer hospitality, hold safe
space for people to explore faith in creative, spiritual or
conversational ways. We want to be a Church that takes the Good News way beyond the walls of our buildings.
Festivals and events give us a great opportunity to engage missionally. This means being present as a group of Christians in non-religious places. That might be your local village fete, a big sporting event, or a nearby music festival. Being missional in these places is not about fundraising, it’s not about converting people, and it’s not about judging anyone. It is about being a blessing; loving and listening; and unashamedly as a group of Christians witnessing to your faith.
Resources to help you with mission at festivals and events
In what ways does your church or circuit show up at local music festivals, sports or other events, or community gatherings? This new Connexional resource offers an introduction for groups from churches, circuits or districts who are seeking to be present at festivals or events in different ways. Download it here:
And watch our webinar on 'Mission at Festivals and Events' here:
Pride marches, festivals and events
We are developing a suite of guidance and customisable items aimed specifically at inspiring and equipping Methodist groups who feel called to engage in their local Pride event. These resources will complement and signpost to existing resources from other organisations. This work is underway and coming soon.
The Connexion is seeking out opportunities for the Methodist Church to be present as a national team at bigger events. If you’d like to volunteer on the Connexional Outreach team for future events, please contact Holly Adams (Evangelism and Contemporary Culture Officer).