Church insurance company, Ecclesiastical, has launched their 2016 church competition and are looking for entries. Entitled “Reaching out, Inviting in – Churches Helping Communities”, they are offering a top prize of £10,000 and five runners-up prizes of £2,000.
Said Michael Angell, Church Operations Director for Ecclesiastical, “We know that churches provide a unique and valuable focus for local communities, often being at the heart of finding solutions for some of the biggest issues and challenges faced by a community. This year we would like to find those churches who work tirelessly every day to bring the communities around them together, and reward the best examples of community engagement for the contribution they make. No idea is too small – making a difference to the community is what counts!”
To enter, all churches need to do is let Ecclesiastical know about their community activity. They will be judging the competition based on:
- Creative – What is new, different or imaginative about the way a church helps its community?
- Effective – How has a church supported the community?
- Inspirational – Will the idea inspire other churches?
The competition is open to any Anglican church in the UK and the deadline for entries is 31 August 2016. For full information on the competition including an online entry form visit the Ecclesiastical website. Details of the competition, including an entry form, is also available in their Church Matters Newsletter. If you haven’t received your copy you can find it online.
This is a national competition so if you would like some support in preparing a strong entry, please contact the Stewardship team, they would be happy to help.
If you do enter, please do let the Communications team know, it is always good to hear about the wonderful community activities our churches undertake. Even if you don’t win, your project can be celebrated in the diocese and inspire others.
Our latest Church Matters newsletter has also been sent to churches over the last few weeks. This edition includes more details of the competition and an entry form, fundraising ideas, an update on Allchurches Trust and features on flood resilience and SmartWater. You can view the newsletter online.