Remember the good old days of the 1940s? Maybe not, but there will definitely be members of your community who do and would like to take a trip down memory lane at a tea dance.
Tea Dances tend to appeal to pensioners because many of them remember the dances from when they were younger. Try to have a mix of church members and members of the local community at the event so that relationships can be built. It would also be nice if some younger church members were there to meet some of the older members of their community too.
As a start, find out about local Day Centres for Older People and see if there is one which would be happy for you to hold the event on its premises. You could then issue an open invitation to the people who attend and invite others too. If this is not possible, try and find a hall, social club or community centre to host your event. You could of course use your church building but some people are unfamiliar with church and they may be more likely to attend if you hold the event in a neutral space. This also provides a great opportunity to start building a relationship with a local business owner as well as find a great venue for your event.
This event can be run at a date that fits with your church’s current rhythm of mission, taking into consideration how the event might compliment or clash with your existing church programme. Think about when is right for the people you are inviting. In order to maximise your appeal, choose a time that is not in competition with other events in the community. For this event a week night would be advisable as restaurants are less busy and more able to accommodate such an event. If many people in your community commute to work make sure you give them enough time to get back for the event.