Welcoming Visitors: a workshop to help your church benefit from visitors (when we can)
Suitable for: Clergy, Curia, Church Management, ‘Welcome Host’ Volunteers. Anyone researching future engagement with visitors/tourism to showcase their church and for additional income.
Notes: For further queries please contact Gareth Simpson, Project & Volunteer Manager, 02920 379483
Description: An informative one-hour training session brought to you by The National Churches Trust’s tourism team. Discover the many ways in which your place of worship can benefit from tourism (when the time is right) from increasing visitors and raising funds to recruiting volunteers and staging events.
This is the ideal introductory course for anyone involved with churches and chapels wishing to learn more about church tourism.
This session will look at:
- Why should you welcome visitors to your church?
- What is tourism worth?
- What have we got to offer visitors?
- Does your church say ‘Welcome’?
- What are the first impressions – both inside and out?
- How do we meet and greet visitors?
- Thinking through some of the risks involved in opening to visitors.
We will present a 45-minute talk, with lots of useful ideas and content and links to follow up later. We’ll then have at least 30 minutes for questions and comments. We’ll also encourage you to share ideas and questions with volunteers from the other churches taking part in the chat. The presentation (in pdf form) will be available to all attendees afterwards.
Covid19 is having a huge impact on both churches and tourism. We will, of course, consider it in relation to all of the above. We aim to give you some ideas for what you could do now (even if it’s only preparation for later), what visitors will be looking for post-Covid and how to keep potential visitors engaged even when they can’t come in person.
Before you join us…
A key way to ensure visitors can find and enjoy your place of worship is to be included on our church tourism gateway: www.explorechurches.org
Delivered by: www.explorechurches.org of the National Churches Trust