Church competition 2021

01 June 2021

This year we shine a light on churches across the UK – their bright ideas and success stories, community heroes and ingenuity in the face of adversity.

Make your good news a headline story!

After a year marked by extraordinary changes, limitations and isolation, we’ve seen church communities going through incredibly challenging times. But, as is so often the case, times of difficulty can bring out the best in people and pull communities together. 
 
We have seen how good news and good ideas have the power to redefine how we all experience life, community and the church; with this in mind we wanted to find a way to share your good news stories.
 
Share your Good News for a chance to win £1,500 for your church plus £6,000 if you win the national prize. 

What makes Good News?

Has something been done in your church community that made life that little bit better, or easier for others? Then that’s a good start. 
 
It could be a project that actively engaged with younger or older members of the local community; or a digital initiative – like a WhatsApp group – that kept people connected.  Maybe you have managed to carry out a successful fundraising campaign. 
 
Or maybe you’ve done really well in building your links to your local community, despite all the hurdles COVID-19 has put in your way.
 
Of course, it might be something completely different – but whatever your story, we’d love to hear it, and to share it to help inspire others. It could be any story you feel deserves to be recognised.

What makes a winning story?

We are looking for:
 
  • Creativity - What is new, different or imaginative about the way you help your church community?
  • Effectiveness - How has your church community been supported?
  • Inspiration - Will your idea inspire other places of worship?
Think of your entry as a news article – write a newspaper-style attention-grabbing headline and a ‘news’ piece of no more than 250 words to tell your story. Send in a photo or video to include in your story just as you might see on a news site.

How to enter

Think of your good news story that needs to be heard and fill in the competition form.

If you can’t use the online form; you can download a form and send it via email together with your photo to: churchcompetition@ecclesiastical.com. Video submissions will not be possible by post.
 
Once you submit your entry, your church will automatically be entered into the regional competition where each winner will receive a prize of £1,500. The grand final of the competition will see one of the regional winners be crowned the national winner and receive an additional £6,000.
 
That is two chances to win!
 
All entries must be submitted by the closing date 17 September 2021. 
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