Come and Try Day (s)

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“Next Thursday you can come to our parish Centre and learn how to play the piano / Knit / cook / do Pilates / Participate in a Brick Club.”

Come and try days help provide us with new recreational options and build stronger communities. They are easy to organize, welcoming to the community and help position the church as a valuable part of the community.


Hold an event which provides members of the community an opportunity to learn a new skill or activity and possibly get involved in an organization that promotes that activity.


To provide an opportunity for clubs to promote themselves.

To provide an opportunity for new and current residents.

To provide an opportunity for lonely and elderly residents to make new social and special interest, connections.

To hold an activity which only aims at local residents and builds community connectedness.

To provide an opportunity to enhance the position of the Anglican Church as an important part of the community.

To demonstrate to the broader community that Church buildings can be welcoming spaces.


On an afternoon / evening in ?

One or a range of activities could be demonstrated with displays and interactive exercises. Follow up events could be held to encourage community involvement.


It would be good for the parish to review:

The range of activities currently available,

What resources are available to help including funding, facilities and volunteers?

What are the local community needs and interests?

What gaps are evident that the parish could address?

How does this project align with the goals of the Parish and Diocese of Ballarat?

Can Anglicare Victoria assist in this process?

Likely Date

Week day or week end.

When would more locals come?




Public liability?

Street Closure?

Clean Up?

Are community grants available?


Public Liability


Program balance

Community ownership

Time to organize the event


Task Who Deadline Achieved
Agree on concept PC Week 12  
Identify possible groups to be invited PC Week 4  
Identify possible organizing partners PC Week 8  
Identify media PC Week 10  
Write media plan PC Week 8  
Check public liability cover. PC Week 10  
Determine date and tentatively book venue PC Week 10  
Budget PC Week 10  
Volunteers PC Week 8  
Determine and appoint Volunteer roles PC  
Review viability of project PC Week 8  
Send out invitations PC Week 7  
Start marketing plan PC Week 4  
Arrange equipment if requires PC Week 6  
Hold event PC Week 0  
Evaluate PC Week 1+  
Meetings PC Weeks 12, 8,4, 2 from event  


Have questions? Want help?

Please contact:

The Ministry Development Committee

Chair: The Rev’d Robyn Shackell

0419 365 824



Professional Standards 

1800 377 842 [1800 DPS VIC].

A Director of Professional Standards has been appointed to respond to all complaints of abuse by clergy and Church workers.

Episcopal Standards 

1800 997 747.

Episcopal Standards complaints may be made against the Bishop of a Diocese. This is different to a Professional Standards complaint.