07 September 2019
Letting church buildings
Many churches play a vital role in their community and earn an income by offering their premises for hire to local clubs and classes.
Whatever your church event - fetes, concerts, garden parties, you have a duty of care for employees, volunteers and those attending.
Depending on the level of involvement your church has with an event, there may be different responsibilities that fall to you as the organiser.
There are three levels of involvement that we commonly see churches take on when involved in events:
If the church is organising the event, including all the activities, they may need careful planning especially larger events such as fetes for example.
If your church is a beneficiary of an event but is not involved in the event’s organisation, you will have less responsibility.
If using the services of an independent provider to manage all aspects of the event, the church would be deemed the facilitator. The most common instance where this would be the case is a hazardous event such as a large fireworks display.
Planning your event with care and due diligence can ensure the health and safety of all involved. We have produced guides to planning and publicising your event, to help you identify and address any health and safety or security concerns.