Start Your 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 organizers, 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, click the link above to get and read the start-up guide.

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, and we can add you to our map as a potential start-up.

Next, 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 organizers 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 live music, host, and speakers

  • 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 organizers. You can do this by completing this form and also getting to your nearest Sunday Assembly to talk to them. Ask further questions using our Contact page.