It isn’t just children who like to escape into Narnia or Never-land. A good story can capture the attention of almost anyone and storytelling is a great way to bring a diverse group of people together to share their experiences and learn from each other as well as have lots of fun.
Storytelling is appropriate for everyone. Traditionally the domain of children you could of course run such an event aimed at younger ones but there is also increasing demand for storytelling events for adults. This event is highly inclusive and gives everyone a chance not just to come but to get involved. 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’s good reason to host it in a neutral space. We’re opting out of our church buildings as often as possible so for this event you need to find a local café, library or social club to host your event. 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.