Ride+Stride is a sponsored event in which participants visit churches in their local area, usually by cycling or walking. We understand that this may not be an option for some people but rest assured, you can still take part in the event and support us and your church. Here are some ideas for alternative sponsored activities that you or the participants in your church can consider. Please help us to expand this list.
Please take the time to read this safety information page from the National Churches Trust. It is all important information but with the encouragement of new activities using cars, please note that anyone using a car MUST ensure that their insurance company is ok with their plans for the event or refrain from doing it if you are unsure.
Riding and Striding is what it is all about ideally so if you can visit your local churches by bicycle or on foot or on horseback then that’s the way to do it. Take care on the roads!
If you cannot get around the churches on two or four legs and public transport isn’t an option for your area, you could consider driving from church to church instead? Have a look at our other ideas first. Please note that drivers are now as eligible for consideration for any of the five annual prizes as any other participant.
One of our new campaigns started in 2017 is the idea of a mystery tour to treat some of your congregation to an exciting day out whilst helping your church and the GHCT at the same time. Why not give it a go?
If travelling between the churches by foot, bike, horse or car isn’t an option for you then why not consider something else? Here are a few of our more popular ideas but please contact us if you have a new idea that we can share. Alternatively, please consider making a regular or one-off donation in the name of your church.
|Be sponsored to ...||Unit of sponsorship ...||Weather safe?|
|be a member of the Welcome Party on the day||Time on duty OR number of people welcomed||YES|
|sing in Church||Time singing OR number of hymns sung||YES|
|read from the bible in Church||Time reading OR number of chapters read||YES|
|play the organ||Time playing OR number of pieces played||YES|
|clean the Church||Time cleaning OR number of areas cleaned||YES|
|use an exercise bike in Church||Time exercising OR distance recorded||YES|
|bell ringing or chiming||Time spent OR pattern repetitions||YES|
|running one or more coffee mornings||None - collection takings [no charges allowed] (please try to collect Gift Aid)||YES|
|run one or more table-top sales||None - proceeds from sales (no Gift Aid allowed)||YES|
|sell home-made cakes||None - proceeds from sales (no Gift Aid allowed)||YES|
|visit parishioners||Time spent OR number of people visited OR number of cups of tea drunk||PROBABLY|
|run a croquet and cake tea party||None - collection takings [no charges allowed] (please try to collect Gift Aid)||NO|
|clean cars||Time spent OR number of cars cleaned||NO|
|walk around the church||Time walking OR number of laps completed||NO|
|work in the churchyard||Time working||NO|
|take a Fitbit challenge||Time spent walking OR Fitbit steps recorded OR Fitbit miles recorded||NO|
We provide thousands of pounds in grants every year to maintain churches throughout Gloucestershire, but we can only do that with your continued support. Please help us continue our vital work.
To create your own JustGiving Fundraising page, visit the JustGiving page on this website (off the Ride+Stride menu item).
Text GHCT17 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 to GHCT. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 only. Vodafone will reply with a link to a form to add Gift Aid or a message. You may be charged for the text message(s). See www.vodafone.co.uk/about-us/just-text-giving/donors/ for help. Please report any issues.
Donations handled by JustGiving.