Hosting a Ventures Sunday at your church is a great way to tell others about Ventures!
'We were really excited by the number of churches which got involved!' Mark Norris, overall leader of Bakewell, says of Ventures Sunday: 'At St Mark's Leamington Spa, we got members and leaders to stand up and say what the best thing about their Venture had been, and leaders shared stories of what God had done. We encouraged people to consider being part of Ventures and Falcon Camps next year and put some pictures up on the screen as we shared.'
For many young people and leaders the idea of standing up at the front of church is a scary one, so we produced some resources to help with the process of putting together a presentation. Catherine Wilson, overall leader at Lindfield, says, 'I did a short slot, using the PowerPoint from the website and adding my own text. It was helpful to have the suggested outline, which I supplemented with very brief comments from adults and children in the congregation who have been on Ventures.'
We also know from talking to leaders and members that lots of churches already encourage Ventures participants to share their experiences with the wider church family. Andy Castle, Director of Youth Ministries at St Paul's Leamington Spa, says, 'Throughout August we had feedback every Sunday from different camps and holidays that members had been on, including a Venture and a Falcon Camp. This worked well and great testimonies were shared.'
You can promote Ventures in your church at any point during the year - have a look at the Ventures Sunday resources and then chat with your church leader about getting a slot in a service. If you went on a Venture this summer, use the opportunity to share your own experiences, and make sure you show plenty of photos!
You could include:
- A short (five minute) presentation - you could do it by yourself or, if you went with a group from your church, do something all together.
- Including Ventures in your prayers for others.
- Taking a collection after the service for the work of Ventures and Falcon Camps. Please discuss this with your church leader first - if they are happy for it to happen, cheques should be made payable to CPAS Ventures.
When explaining how any donations will be used, you can tell people that the cost of a Venture is one of the primary issues that prevent some families from sending their children on a Venture. Costs are kept as low as possible but the pressure of rising prices in several different areas means Venture fees continue to rise. Our generous supporters mean that we can make more bursaries available for families who would otherwise be unable to send their children on a life-changing Venture holiday.
For many young people and leaders the idea of standing up at the front of church will be a terrifying one! As a result we're working hard to make this a less challenging experience!
To help you prepare for Ventures Sunday, we're creating a range of different online resources:
Preparing a presentation
If you're not used to speaking in public, or you just want to make sure you don't forget to include everything you're planning to say, here's a step-by-step guide to preparing a presentation.
Ventures Sunday Presentation
Here's a PowerPoint template for you to use if you'd like to show some photos while you do your presentation. Alternatively, if you'd rather not get up in front of people, you can use this template to tell your Ventures story for you! Feel free to add your own photos or use the ones already here. N.B. Check the notes on each slide for tips about what info to include.
Praying for Ventures (PowerPoint)
If you'd rather write your own prayer, use these points to give you some ideas of things to pray for. Feel free to add your own photos!
Praying for Ventures (Word document)
We'd love you to pray for Ventures! Here's a prayer you can just read, or give to someone else to read on your behalf. You can add your own prayer points too!
Have fun, and let us know how you get on!
If you'd like to know more, or want some help getting started, phone the Ventures office on 0300 123 0780 or drop us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org!