Church Hymns As A Fundraiser
Church hymns can be an easy and fun way to raise funds
Using hymns to aid your church fundraising is a very obvious thing to do.
It can be great fun and add to the sense of community offered by your church, whilst also bringing in some great returns.
The best thing is that it doesn't matter whether you have a choir with voices like angels or a cat's chorus!
There are still loads of ways to raise some money and have a bit of fun at the same time. Just use your imagination!
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Choral events - An evening recital by your choir
or congregation is always popular and can bring in great revenues either
through ticket sales or donations. Many congregations also contain
talented individual singers or musicians. Persuade them to put their
gifts to good use.
- Recorded music - Recordings
of favourite church hymns are always popular. There are plenty of
companies who can offer various deals whereby you retail CD's etc to
your congregation.If you have a great choir why not look into
making your own recordings. This doesn't have to be complicated or
expensive. There are an increasing number of small independent recording
and media companies who will be able to advise you. Some
entrepreneurial tech-savvy churches are already getting into filming
their choirs singing, and even recording whole services for pay to view
- Produce your own Church Hymn Book - Why
not produce a book of church hymns. This really is not complicated and
once again many companies specialise in producing this type of
fundraising book for organisations. With the majority of hymns
being so old there are few problems with copyright. Spending a little
time compiling and editing a really nice book specific to your church
can be a great project for building your church's community. How
about getting individuals or families to sponsor a page containing their
favourite church hymn? A nice touch might be to have them write a short
paragraph for inclusion in the book explaining why those particular
hymn lyrics are special to them. Another popular idea might be to include children's drawings illustrating some of the hymns. If
successful the whole idea could also be used for other books for your
church: Christmas carols, psalms, even prayers; or maybe a combination
of them all.
- Sponsor a hymn at a service - This
might be a regular feature of particular services or a one off choral
event. Letting other congregation members know why a certain hymn's
lyrics are special to you all helps build stronger ties with your
friends and enhances feelings of community.
- Hymnathon / Round the clock hymn singing - For
a sponsored event with a difference why not have 12 - 24 hours of
choral singing. Organise a simple relay of singers and lay on plenty of
throat sweets! During your Hymnathon you can also ask people to sponsor particular hymns in memory of loved ones, or simply because its a favourite.
- Most popular hymn contest - Organise
an evening where your choir sings 10 - 20 hymns to the congregation who
all award marks for tune, hymn lyrics, mood etc. At the end total up
the scores to find your church's Top Hymn. Alternatively have a voting card given out at previous services calling for suggestions and ask for a small donation to accompany your choice.
- Write a new verse competition - Invite members of your congregation to write new verses for old favourites reflecting their own lives and experiences.
- Use hymn lyrics on fundraising products - Use
hymn lyrics on posters or tea towels. First lines or first verses of
hymns can also look great on T.shirts, mugs, mousemats etc.
you can see there are loads of ways you can use hymns in your
fundraising. What better way could there be to have great social events
that build your congregation and community, but also bring in much
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