How to Ride+Stride
Ride+Stride is England’s open churches day, but as well as getting out and visiting churches, chapels and meeting houses, you can also raise money to help churches in good repair. The idea is to visit as many places of worship as possible open near you and also get sponsored for visiting them. In 2015 Ride+Stride raised almost £1.5 million for churches.
The sponsorship money you raise is shared 50/50 between a county church trust that helps historic churches and the individual church of your choice.
Ride+Stride is organised locally by county church trusts with national support provided by the National Churches Trust which runs the Ride+Stride website and provides marketing advice. Ride+Stride started in Suffolk in 1981 as a sponsored bike ride but quickly became a national event.
How it works – for Ride+Striders
Contact your local church taking part in Ride+Stride or your county church trust and they’ll provide you with a form to collect pledges from sponsors on which you can indicate the church that you’d like to receive half of the money you raise.There are full contact details on our Ride+Stride Near You pages.
On the day of the event all the participating churches are open from morning to late afternoon. Cycling is the most popular way of travelling from church to church, but you can walk, run or use public transport or even go by car – whatever you feel most comfortable doing.
How it works – for parishes
If you’d like to take part then please contact your county church trust.
There are no set hours for opening your church – 10am to 5pm works well, longer is even better if possible, but we appreciate whatever you can manage.
Make sure there is someone on hand to welcome visitors. Some visitors may only stop by briefly, but some will want to look around.
If you can lay on refreshments and organise events (say, a guided tour) then so much the better.
There’s no need to restrict your welcome to Ride+Stride participants and it’s a great opportunity for outreach and raising the profile of your church!
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