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Your responsibility for community outreach activities

Community outreach is as an extension of the ministry of many Baptist churches providing an opportunity to bring healing and wholeness to the local community.

Although many instances of community outreach are viewed as part of your church activity there are some that we may need to charge an additional premium for.

Types of community outreach

  • Cafes


    More and more churches are running coffee shops and community cafes. If you have one in your church it is important to make sure that you have the right insurance in place and are aware of the Food Standards Agency requirements.

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  • Foodbanks


    In these difficult economic times, more and more churches are setting up foodbanks in their communities. If you are thinking about setting up a foodbank please call us for advice.

    Three things to think about before getting involved in a foodbank:

    • Where will you hold the foodbank?
    • Who runs the foodbank?
    • Where will you get the food from?

    We may need to add a small additional charge to your premium to make sure your policy covers the foodbank.

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  • Fresh Expressions of church


    Fresh Expressions provide an opportunity for churches and come in many shapes and sizes. They can be in unusual settings such as cafes, pubs or schools and in general do not have any additional insurance implications. However, if they involve more unusual or hazardous activities please contact us because we may need to charge an additional premium.

    With any instance of Fresh Expressions you do need to be aware of your obligations around:

    • Health and safety
    • Safeguarding – particularly if you are working with young people
    • Personal safety

    Read more about Fresh Expressions

  • Messy church events


    Messy church events are considered part of your church activity so you don’t need to tell us if you are holding one. You will need to think about:

    • Safeguarding
    • Health and Safety

    Read more about Messy Church

  • Night shelters


    There are many different models of night shelters however all have at their core offering Christian hospitality to homeless people. If you are planning on running a night shelter call and let us know because we can provide cover – there will be a small additional premium.

    Housing Justice offers a Shelter Quality Mark, a standard of excellence, for churches along with advice, support and training.

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  • Parish Nursing


    Parish Nursing Ministries UK is a Christian charity which helps local churches to appoint nurses. Much of what a Parish Nurse does is an extension of the traditional pastoral care churches provide.

    Any nurse working in the capacity of a Parish Nurse must be registered with Parish Nursing Ministries UK. We recommend that all Parish Nurses are recruited through Parish Nursing Ministries UK.

    If you are planning to use the services of a Parish nurse please contact us because we will need to extend your Church Insurance policy and charge an additional premium.

    Find out more about Parish Nursing

  • Street pastors


    Street pastors are trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community.

    If your church is taking part in Street Pastors activity your Church Insurance policy will cover you as part of your outreach activity. Any activity must be done as part of an organised team, working in conjunction with your local police force, and all those taking part in any activity must have completed the Street Pastor training programme.

    Find out more about Street Pastors

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