Start an Assembly

Starting a Sunday Assembly is amazing – it’s fun, you meet some great people, you bring folks together in a new and inspiring way, and the fulfilment you get can be awesome. It’s also hard work, can be frustrating, needs a whole bunch of different skills, and is not for everyone.  The Sunday Assembly movement operates an open source approach, so anyone can start a Sunday Assembly. You’re much more likely to succeed, however, if you read the information below, gather a team of at least five people with different skills, and connect with us. Then you can access support through our private forum, talk with other organisers, get mentoring, and get close to people who’ve been doing it for years and have learned the hard way about how (and how not) to get things happening.

First thing to do:

Then start a place where folks can find you online – a Facebook group or similar is an easy place to start.  Get in touch with us here (through the Contacts page) and we can add you to our map as a potential start-up. 

Next thing to do: Build a team. We recommend at least five people of different skills and ideally from several social circles.  Talk about it. Get to a Sunday Assembly if you possibly can to experience it and talk to the organisers there.

Then: Start looking for a suitable venue, available on a Sunday once a month, not too expensive, ideally accessible, family friendly (no stale beer smells!) which will either provide or allow you to bring in:

  • Seating for your congregation
  • Computer projector and screen – to show song lyrics for singing as well as other slides
  • PA sound system – for your band as well as speakers etc   
  • Refreshments (tea, coffee and cake are a key part of the Sunday Assembly mix!)

At this point you will be reading the start-up guide again and getting in touch to gain access our forum so you can learn from existing organisers.  You can do this by completing this Google form, and also getting to your nearest Sunday Assembly to talk to them. Any questions please email voluntary network co-ordinator Mark McKergow using the Contact form on the Contact page.