The BigChurchDayOut is all about us coming together to celebrate our faith, no matter what our church or background. The inaugural event at Wiston, West Sussex in May 2009 attracted 15,000 people, making it the biggest one-day Christian event in the UK. In 2010, with an additional site in the Midlands, over 25,000 came together over 3 days to worship and have fun together.
The BigChurchDayOut is about people and faith, music and worship, activities, families, and just being together. There’s something for everybody, from a nice cup of tea with a Chamber Orchestra, to high energy worship, from drama to touch rugby, from bouncy castles to quiet prayer…it’s all about being ‘church’ together.
Our aim is to encourage and inspire people to press in for all that God has called them to do, both locally and further afield. We also seek to provide a relaxed environment to introduce friends and family who have little or no experience of church.
Tim Jupp, formerly of Delirious, heads up the BigChurchDayOut team. Our partners include the Wiston Estate, other numerous organizations and local churches and supporters from across the UK and beyond, who share a common desire to serve the church. Individuals, church leaders, whole churches and other Christian communities give their time and expertise to bring the BigChurchDayOut alive.
We are not a money making event, and are blessed with key sponsors, who have invested heavily in the vision of the BigChurchDayOut. That vision sees us reaching out to as many of God’s people as we can, which is why our ticket prices are so heavily discounted. Our revenues cover around two thirds of the event cost, with our sponsors meeting the rest.