Planning

Quick Start

Here are some simple steps to get you started. You could spend months planning, and it could get complicated and overwhelming, so it's important to keep the vision and keep things simple - especially at the start!

Key Decisions

“I like the idea of Sycamore. But how do I actually start?” Read on for some practical tips about the first steps you can take to get you started.

Involving the community

“I like the idea of Sycamore. But how do I actually start?” Read on for some practical tips about the first steps you can take to get you started.

Basic timetable

You might be meeting at breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, supper or later in the pub. But here is a typical "evening session" that you can use as a template.

Retreat day

If you are using ten sessions, you can run this as a ten-week course, or as an eight-week course with two sessions put into a retreat day: using Film 7 (Faith) and Film 8 (Prayer) as the foundation for the day.

Follow-up

Here are some tips for what you can offer guests as a follow-up to Sycamore as you get near the end of your course.

Publicity materials

We have provided a range of publicity materials here for you to use with your Sycamore programme and for you to print yourselves.