Organising church events
All entertainment events are subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act. These are the key points to consider when planning and hosting church events and activities.
Many examples of community outreach are an extension of pastoral care but they bring with them their own risk management and insurance implications, examples of which can be found below.
'Messy Church' events are about creativity, celebration and hospitality and are a wonderful way to engage with children and adults at your church.
The Fresh Expressions community has grown significantly since its launch in 2004. The charity aims to engage with and support new forms of church that emerge in culture today that may be different from the traditional model.
Churches are becoming increasingly involved in the setting up and running of food banks as part of their outreach and giving to their local community. There are usually 2 scenarios. Either the church itself is responsible for the food bank, or the church is used by a third party. Either way, it is likely that the church buildings and the church members and volunteers will be involved.
The work of street pastors can be extremely valuable to communities. Your church insurance policy will cover you in your role as a street pastor however, it is important that those taking part have completed the street pastor training programme.
This might just be a warm place of shelter but often a night shelter will include providing meals, washing facilities and advice and support on housing, debt, domestic violence and job hunting.
Cafes are a great way to source extra income for your church. If you are preparing and serving food you must train staff and volunteers in basic food hygiene and you’ll need to meet regulations set out in The Food Safety Act 1990 and The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006.
Your church insurance policy includes cover if the church is held legally liable where a member of the public suffers a financial loss arising out of errors or omissions in the provision of advice or services provided by the church. This excludes any loss or liability connected with any error or omission in the provision of pastoral care services or professional counselling services.