Spoke Folk has the privilege of partnering with local congregations in ministry each summer. Our tours are blessed by the hospitality and generosity of the churches they stay at each night. Simply by opening their doors to host a Spoke Folk tour, congregations get to be a part of equipping a group of young people to grow in faith. By providing a meal and spending time in fellowship, congregations tangibly demonstrate the love of the body of Christ.
The congregation is likewise blessed and encouraged by Spoke Folk. The tour leads an engaging hour-long program for the host congregation, which includes contemporary Christian music, puppets, skits and testimonies. As they interact with and are led in worship by youth from across the country that are excited about their faith in Jesus, members of your congregation of all ages will benefit from your church hosting Spoke Folk.
If you are interested in having your church partner with Spoke Folk on an upcoming tour, learn more about the roles of the home church and a host church on a Spoke Folk tour.
The home church plays a special role on a Spoke Folk tour, serving as both the location for initial training and the final, homecoming program. For the first four days of tour at the home church, the group practices music, prepares puppet shows and skits, takes training bike rides, and begins to bond as a group. After worshipping with your congregation on Sunday morning, the home church sends the tour on the road to share their program and ministry with other churches in the region. On Saturday evening, the Spoke Folk tour returns home to your church, typically enjoying fellowship and a meal provided by the congregation that evening. On Sunday morning, the tour will share their program during Sunday morning worship, before the members of the tour depart for their respective homes. If you would like to be a part of youth growing in faith and have space to allow up 40 people to train and sleep in your church for a few days, consider serving as a home church for a Spoke Folk tour.Home Church Resources
Each Spoke Folk tour is hosted by six congregations during their week on the road, performing a program of contemporary Christian music, puppets, skits and testimonies each evening. Spoke Folk typically arrives to a host church by bicycle in late afternoon, providing time to unload equipment, set up for the program, and clean up before members of the congregation arrive for the evening. Host churches provide dinner of their choosing for the tour of up to 40 people, which can be a great opportunity for fellowship with your congregation. Following dinner, the tour will perform their hour-long program. We always enjoy getting to know the people at the churches we visit after the program as well. Later in the evening, Spoke Folk takes time for devotions, one-on-one discipleship relationship time, worship, and prayer to equip participants to live as disciples of Jesus after tour. After sleeping on your church floor for the night, the tour will pack up, eat a light breakfast provided by the church, and head out on their bicycles for the next host church. If you would like to be a part of youth growing in faith and would like to have a fun evening of worship and fellowship, consider hosting a Spoke Folk tour.Host Church Resources
Tips to Promote Concert
Thank you for hosting Spoke Folk at your church. We want to bless your congregation and community as much as you’ve blessed us. Below is a link to some digital resources to help promote Spoke Folk’s arrival and make your event a success. We have included posters that you can print out and write in the details of your specific event, powerpoint slides to promote in your services, and graphic elements in case you want to design your own materials.
Consider making this a youth and/or community event. Invite other youth groups from the neighboring churches. Partner with the police & fire departments to host a bike safety event and outdoor concert with an ice cream social to follow. Encourage participation by making the dinner a potluck. Emphasize to your congregation that this program and ministry is for all people, ages, families.
If there’s something you’d like help with regarding the marketing materials provided, please contact us at info@SpokeFolk.orgDownload Digital Media Kit
We have a hard time getting members to church on Sunday in the summer - how will we get people to a concert on a weeknight?
Wednesday afternoon – participants arrive & tour starts
Wednesday – Saturday evening – group building, training rides, program rehearsal
Sunday morning – commissioning from home church and then light lunch before riding to first host church
6pm (or similar) – Dinner provided by congregation. We would love for your congregation to join us for dinner
7pm (or similar) – Program, including music, personal sharing, skit, and puppet show
8:15pm – Mingle with congregation following program
9pm – Spoke Folk small group time, occasional ice cream run, devotions, sleep
7-9am (depending on length of day’s ride) – Light breakfast provided by congregation
8-10am (depending on length of day’s ride) – Spoke Folk departs
Breakfast ideas: bagels, cereal, fruit, toast, juice, yogurt, muffins
Amount: A full tour consists of 40 people but some tours are not full. Feel free to contact Spoke Folk a couple weeks before their arrival to confirm the size of the group so you can plan accordingly but also keep in mind that bikers eat well!