Looking for some great ways to support BMS and get your church involved?
Auction of promises
Ask members of your church to donate ‘promises’ or ‘lots’ – for example, to cook a meal, wash a car, give an hour of gardening or ironing, a manicure, a computer lesson, dog walking, or babysit for an evening. Whatever their skills or availability, everyone has something to offer. Other church members bid for the promise and the highest bidder wins. It’s a great way for people to get to know each other and have fun, while raising money for BMS. If you would like to organise your auction online, a helpful website is auctionofpromises.com
The youth group could invite the church to attend a BBQ (in church grounds or a willing adult’s garden) and sell tickets for the event. The young people can then cook and serve the adults with food and organise games such as bowls and team challenges.
BMS Birthday Scheme
Does your church run a BMS Birthday Scheme? The Birthday Scheme supports BMS’ medical and healthcare ministries. This is how it works: a Birthday Scheme Secretary is appointed who sends a card and gift envelope to each member of the scheme on their birthday. The member then makes a gift to BMS, to enable people from impoverished communities across the world to receive healthcare. For more information, go to bmsworldmission.org/birthday
Ask your church members to donate items for sale that can be sold through local auctioneers. Find an auction house that does commission-free selling for charities so that the hammer price is the price you get and can send on to BMS.
Hold a cake party for the creative members of your church or those who also enjoy cake. Bake or buy a number of plain cup cakes. Have a selection of cake toppings available – buttercream, jam, allsorts, jelly beans, hundreds and thousands etc, the list is endless – and invite members of your church to buy a cake and create their own topping. Hold this after a Sunday service or at a children’s or youth event. You could award a prize for the most creative cake decoration!
Organise a church and community social event that will raise money for BMS. After singing carols outside your church or holding a community carol service, sell coffee and mince pies. A great way to get to know other people in your town or village.
Hold a ceilidh in your church, with the money raised through the entrance fee and refreshments supporting the work of BMS.
BMS Collection Box
Order the new BMS collection box today to collect, store and transport any donations received for the work we are doing around the world.
There are often many gifted, creative people in our fellowships. Encourage your church members to create craft items for a Christmas bazaar – for example, greeting cards, cakes, mincemeat, jams, homemade sweets, knitted or crocheted items, dried flower arrangements, or bring along new items to sell that they cannot use themselves. Have a selection of BMS cards and gift tags to include in your items for sale, available on a sale or return basis. Everyone enjoys a cup of tea or coffee, and include seasonal cakes and pies with your refreshments. It’s a great way to prepare for Christmas and raise funds for BMS.
Christmas cards and gift tags stall
Organise a stall at your church to sell BMS Christmas cards and gift tags. We have some beautiful cards at reasonable prices, and special gift tags to raise money for BMS children’s work. You can arrange to order these on a sale or return basis by contacting Pam Fitzgerald on 01235 517617 or email email@example.com
A great way to inspire your church to get involved in ethical shopping and also fundraise for BMS. This could be an event at your church or a reason to invite some friends round. Set out some rules like how many items of clothing or accessories each guest should bring. At the event you can give out a token for every item to keep things fair. Ask everyone to pre-sort their clothes by size or category. Try and be creative in setting out the room. You will need tables, mirrors and hanging rails if you have them. You might also want to find an area to use as a fitting room. Have some browsing time at the start of the event then let the swapping begin. You can fundraise for BMS at the same time, selling cakes and refreshments at the event or even charging a small entrance fee.
Coffee for a cause
Use the Coffee for a cause
resources to hold a coffee morning/event, have a fun time and enjoy fellowship and great cakes! Every £1 raised covers the cost of one day’s schooling for a child from a poor family. Go to bmsworldmission.org/coffee
for more information and to order resources online.
One in eight people in the world go to bed hungry each night (source: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation). Encourage members of your church to fast for 12 hours, say from 7 am to 7 pm. Use that time for reflection and prayer. Donate the cost of the meal they have missed to BMS, supporting our work feeding the hungry and creating livelihoods for the poor.
Send stamps and other collectible items such as coins, medals and cards to the BMS Stamp Bureau. Last year we raised over £13,000 for mission, and we would love to raise more! For more information or to order leaflets to promote the Stamp Bureau in your church, visit bmsworldmission.org/stamps
Arrange for members of your church to hold meals focused on a certain event or region. If you are partnered with a BMS mission worker, you could focus on food from the country or region where your worker is based. Or focus on a period of time – how about a meal from the 20s or 60s? And of course, those who join in are strongly encouraged to come in dress of that era. Sell tickets for the event and have a fun evening!
Give as you Live
Do you and your friends shop online? Encourage your church members to sign up to Give as you Live and select BMS as the charity they want to support, and whenever they make a purchase from a participating store, a percentage is sent on to BMS at no extra cost! Thousands of stores are taking part, including John Lewis, Amazon, M&S and the trainline. For more details and to sign up, go to giveasyoulive.com/join/bmsworldmission
Have your church invite friends and family to a quiz evening. People could pay to enter a team and raise money for BMS.
Do you have a group of enthusiasts at the church who could take on a sponsored event? This might be sponsored running, singing, cooking, eating, aerobics – the list goes on! Participants can create a fundraising page on justgiving.com/bms
and invite friends and family to sponsor them. Sponsorship forms can also be downloaded from the BMS website at bmsworldmission.org/fundraise
If you hold a special event to raise money for BMS, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Suzanne Linnell at firstname.lastname@example.org