I had this idea for a special Sunday when people would be especially invited to the back of church.
There would be a big publicity campaign and we’d try to get lots of churches to run special events. There would be flags and stickers and a website with a FAQs page a bit like this:
Q: Does Back of Church Sunday work?
A: Feedback from participating churches since the first Back of Church Sunday suggests a consistent average of ten new people per back of each church. But ‘success’ isn’t a number or a percentage. If one person comes to the back of church because of the invitation of a friend, then it’s worked. As one Canon from Manchester Diocese says: “There are loads of people who used to go to the back of church, who moved pews or just stopped coming to the back for whatever reason. Back of Church Sunday is a simple way of reaching out to them again with a personal invitation to the back and a warm welcome at the back.”
Q: What about people who have never been to the back of church?
A: For some, Back of Church Sunday is a misnomer as they have never been to the back of church in the first place. But the idea is designed to reach those coming back and those who are curious about what happens at the back with a simple invitation and a warm welcome
You get the idea.
Link for back ground reading.