Many people give faithfully and quietly of their time and talents, explicitly or implicitly as part of their Christian life. Celebrating these gifts underlines that they help church, community and individuals to flourish and that they are part of making God’s kingdom come. We are running a pilot in 2016 to try out ways in which churches can celebrate the massive contribution made by volunteers to their churches and their communities.  This pilot is a partnership between CUF and the Church of England.  

If you are interested in finding out more about the pilot, or in taking part, please contact Julia Hill.

Volunteers serve God and neighbour up and down the country - let's celebrate!

If you are already signed up to the pilot please see below for documents and templates that you can use and adapt.  

The purpose of this pilot is to try things out and get feedback from churches before offering a set of resources next year.  As a part of the pilot we ask that you give feedback by the end of October 2016.  Please contact Julia Hill with any questions.


Getting Started

A pick and mix of suggestions for celebrating community and discipleship, for Volunteers’ Week or another time of year

Some simple ideas for reviewing how your church works with volunteers

Case Studies

A case study of a service held to celebrate volunteering

A case study of a community event held to celebrate volunteering

Planning your celebration service or event

Guidance notes and a theological reflection to help with service planning

A thanksgiving service template with a community focus

A thanksgiving service template suitable for regular churchgoers

A full thanksgiving service template with various liturgical options to choose from

An invitation template for your service or event

An invitation starter list to give ideas of who might be invited to a service or event

A thank you card template 

Feeding Back & Photographs

The pilot feedback form - only 4 questions!

We would love to have some photographs of what you do so please send us some, with permission to use them for publicity.  Don't forget to check if people are happy to be photographed!  If you need a consent form, especially for photographs of children or vulnerable adults, then you can find one here

If you have any questions or comments then get in touch with Julia Hill and she will try to help.