Twenty dioceses are now running with Back to Church Sunday this year.
The website is http://www.backtochurch.co.uk/. The site includes resources for missioners with examples from Manchester, Wakefield and Southwell & Nottingham. Go to http://www.backtochurch.co.uk/index.asp?pagename=pageIdeasFromChurches for more details.
Gillian Oliver at Church House Communications writes:
Back to Chuch Sunday works best where the joint skills of communication and mission in a diocese team up. You can see a suggested timeline at www.backtochurch.co.uk 'media and mission'.
Missioners in 20 dioceses are currently enthusing churches about Back to Church Sunday, ahead of orders being placed at the end of May.
Communications support includes finding stories of people who came back to church, through Back to Church Sunday or in other ways. Chester and Derby have shared theirs by emailing 'stories' at www.backtochurch.co.uk The stories you find support the concept that people often do want to come back to church, and will, with the simple invitation of a friend.
A concept backed up in research by Tearfund.. It reveals that nearly three million more people would attend church regularly if given the "right invitation". http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6520463.stm
At the training day for diocesan communicators last week, Ruth Green unveiled how she planned the media launch for Back to Church Sunday in Derby Diocese last year. And Ruth has already booked her bishop on Monday September 24th for this year's media launch. It may be that by offering joint launch events, we can get wider national publicity, and generally raise the volume on our local invitation. Please let us know if:
• you like that date too, as we could offer media support from here around that day; and/or
• if you would appreciate a short training event which national communications & mission could organise to help plan any launch events etc.