Raising money is important aspect of running a Methodist church. Whether your church is raising money for the youth group, a mission trip or for the general fund, fundraising can be a fun and exciting way to gather the church family together for a common cause. A fundraiser is more than just gathering money for the operations of the church; it's giving everyone an opportunity to use their gifts and abilities in the Body of Christ.
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Bake sales are a great way for people to show their ability to make various cakes, cookies and other dessert items. You can post a sign-up sheet in the church for volunteers to make different baked goods. They can bring them in individually wrapped or in a large container. Have someone assigned to price each item and organise the event. Your bake sale could be any time, but it usually works the best after the Sunday service, when there are a lot of people who are hungry.
Community Yard Sale
Hold a community yard sale with the church. You can use the church family to promote the event and gather as many participants as possible. Rent the space in your car park to people who want to participate. This can be people from your church or others from the community. The money is generated from those renting the spaces and food sold at the event. You can make posters and use word-of-mouth to promote this yard sale/flea market event in the community.
Free Car Wash
Hold a free car wash for the community in the church car park. You can have a few members of the church stand out on the street corner with signs that direct traffic to the car park. You can make the car wash completely free and then simply ask for a donation after the wash is complete. A free car wash should be free without any pressure for the people to donate.
You can have people in your church volunteer to participate in a jog-a-thon, where the volunteers will go out and find sponsors to support them based on a per-lap or per-mile basis. You can set apart one day when all the volunteers are given a certain amount of time to jog and earn their money for the fundraiser.
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