They say laughter breaks down barriers and feasting is good for the soul so why not combine them for a night of curry and comedy. This event is best run in partnership with a local restaurant (other food options besides curry would also work).
We love to laugh so this event can be tailored for anyone from teenage upwards. However, it is ideal for young professionals largely because it is more expensive to put on and therefore will probably need to be ticketed. For this reason, as well as due to the nature of the event, it works best in a community where there is some disposable income. The event will appeal to people who have limited connection with the church as well as those who are part of the Christian community. As the main purpose of this event is to build relationships between the church and the wider community, ideally the demographic who attend will be a good mix of both.
A recent survey of churchgoing in the UK, identified that 60% of the UK are either un-churched (have pretty much never been inside one) or de-churched (have had a bad experience and don’t intend to come back!) For all of those people, church buildings can be scary places. This means that although we’re hosting the party, there is good reason to hold it in a neutral space. For this event you should aim to find a local restaurant who wants to partner with you. This is 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.