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Film nights are an excellent way to draw in those who would not normally come to church – both adults and children.
If your church already holds a Church Video Licence (CVL) and Performing Right Society (PRS) Church Licence you can show as many films as you like from a variety of international producers.
Here are some ideas that you may want to use for Hope08:
Host a Shrek party
How about hosting a Shrek-themed party for your church members, and encouraging them to bring their friends? You could invite everyone to dress up as their favourite character, and start the evening off by showing the latest film. You could also serve a range of green food and give prizes to the best dressed Shrek!
Host a Ratatouille dinner party
Again, start off with showing the film in your church, and invite people from your community to attend a French food-tasting evening. If you have any talented cooks in your congregation you could also provide cooking lessons!
A game of strength
Another way of using films to reach out to your local community is to hold a games evening. Begin with a showing of a film such as Fantastic Four and encourage people to take part in games such as arm wrestling. You may just find your next superpower!
When showing films don't forget:
Music is another way to bring people into your church who wouldn’t normally attend a service. As long as the premises – church, church hall, community centre – is covered by a PRS Licence, then here are some activities your church might choose to get involved in for Hope 08.
Host dance competitions and lessons
Dance lessons could be a fun way for adults and children to get to know each other. If you have talented dancers in your church then how about holding your own Come Dancing competition and give prizes to the best dancer. Maybe could you also provide dance lessons such as ballroom, salsa, and so on.
Another fun way of reaching out to your local community is to hold singing games – either on a karaoke machine or games console.
Encourage a healthy lifestyle in your local community by showing a keep-fit video for beginners. There are a wide range of DVDs now available for people of all levels of fitness.
If you’re aware of some local bands in your church or local community, how about booking a recording studio for them? You just might be helping the next generation of talented musicians make their first step!
The Limited Manufacture Licence (LML) is a commercial licence available through CCLI which enables you to sell a recording (including secular or Christian music) within your church or the wider community. Each product will need a separate licence. Email CCLI if you would like more information.
Photocopying drama scripts
As part of Hope 08 you may want to deliver the Gospel in a multi-media presentation or use drama to help share the message.
If your church holds a Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licence you can photocopy from as many authorised publications as you would like – which can be a really helpful resource when putting together a presentation. (Click here to check out the list of publications from CLA.)
And the good news is – you’re not limited in the number of copies you may make!
Reproducing song words
Part of the vision behind Hope08 is the balance between word and deed.
You may be planning to send volunteers out to clean up the streets, paint the community centre, or help those in need, but don’t forget that sharing the Good News is equally important.
You might choose to hold a worship event in your church, or join with other churches nearby for a big celebration.
If you hold the event within your church and you are reproducing song words (either for display on a screen or for making your own song sheets) then as long as your church holds a CCL you don’t need any extra cover. If, however, you’re joining with other churches you may want to check with them that the appropriate cover is in place. If you have any doubts then please contact CCLI direct.