30 September 2019
Church events – your responsibilities
Whatever your church event - fetes, concerts, garden parties, you have a duty of care for employees, volunteers and those attending.
Community outreach is an extension of the ministry of many Baptist churches providing an opportunity to support the local community.
Although many instances of community outreach are viewed as a part of your church activity, for some projects we may need to charge an additional premium.
All events held on church premises should be subject to a risk assessment which identifies and mitigates potential hazards, including health and safety and safeguarding.
With events held away from the church you also need to be aware of your obligations around health and safety, safeguarding and personal safety.
Fresh Expressions of church - usually set in cafes, pubs or schools and in general do not have any additional insurance implications. Visit the Fresh Expressions website.
Street pastors - if taking part in street pastoring, 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.
All food should be prepared with due care and attention. Depending on the nature of food preparation at your church, the following may apply:
With allergies and a number of different food preferences to contend with, as you would expect there is a series of detailed laws that relate to the preparation and sale of food. Our food safety advice gives details of what you need to know.
Setting up a foodbank provides resources for those in need within the community. For the foodbank to be successful, you will need to consider where the food will come from and who will run the foodbank. Read our guide to running a successful foodbank.
Occasional food preparation
Even if you only prepare food on occasion, some regulations will still apply. You can find information on everything from hygiene certificates to allergen information on the food standards agency website.