Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust

Alternative Sponsored Activities for Ride+Stride

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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!

Visiting Churches

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!

Driving

As a last resort and new since 2016, if you cannot get around the churches this way and public transport isn’t an option for your area, you could consider getting a few people together in one car and driving from church to church? It is important to consider however that there will be a lot of cyclists, walkers and horses around so you might want to be very selective over your route (sticking to main roads and avoiding narrow lanes) and maybe aim towards the beginning or end of the day when there are usually less participants around? Have a look at our other ideas first. Please note that drivers are not eligible for consideration for any of the five annual prizes but we do not want anyone to feel they cannot participate if they wish to.

Alternative Activities

If travelling between the churches 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 dayTime on duty OR number of people welcomedYES
sing in ChurchTime singing OR number of hymns sungYES
read from the bible in ChurchTime reading OR number of chapters readYES
play the organTime playing OR number of pieces playedYES
clean the ChurchTime cleaning OR number of areas cleanedYES
use an exercise bike in ChurchTime exercising OR distance recordedYES
bell ringing or chimingTime spent OR pattern repetitionsYES
running one or more coffee morningsNone - collection takings [no charges allowed] (please try to collect Gift Aid)YES
run one or more table-top salesNone - proceeds from sales (no Gift Aid allowed)YES
sell home-made cakesNone - proceeds from sales (no Gift Aid allowed)YES
visit parishionersTime spent OR number of people visited OR number of cups of tea drunkPROBABLY
run a croquet and cake tea party
None - collection takings [no charges allowed] (please try to collect Gift Aid)NO
clean carsTime spent OR number of cars cleanedNO
walk around the churchTime walking OR number of laps completedNO
work in the churchyardTime workingNO
take a Fitbit challengeTime spent walking OR Fitbit steps recorded OR Fitbit miles recordedNO

Help us to help

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.

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