Caring for and developing church buildings

Resources for caring for and redeveloping church buildings

  • Diocese of Chester DAC section of this website- providing technical advice on buildings maintenance and improvements, health and safety, and guidance on legal permissions for making changes to church buildings
  • Church Halls advice, see the DAC section of the website. This webpage is one of many topics in the 'Technical Guidance' section of the DAC webpages
  • ChurchCare website- detailed guidance by the Church of England's Cathedral and Church Buildings Division. This includes:

Further guidance

  • Church Build website has a wealth of practical support with redeveloping church buildings
  • Crossing the Threshold toolkit, recently revised edition was launched in November 2017. The toolkit explains, in detail, the process of redeveloping a church building. Free to download
  • Maintenance advice. The 'Faith in Maintenance' initiative by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings have many practical resources for caring for buildings. Also, a film introducing a Church Warden to the main building issues to consider.
  • Inspired North East, by the Diocese of Newcastle and Durham includes caring for buildings and visitor tourism.
  • 'Buildings for Mission', book, 2015, by Nigel Walter and Andrew Mottram, available to purchase online
  • Local needs/assets research. The Fundraising Guide includes a section on identifying local needs and assets, which can help shape the vision for the project and provide evidence of need
  • Saving money. The Church of England's 'Parish Buying' Scheme could save money on a variety of products, including project management software, lighting, heating, insurance, furniture and so on
  • Installing a defibrillator by the British Heart Foundation. Community grants are available as well as training.

Training courses in buildings maintenance

You may also be interested to hear a new small grants scheme was recently launched to help tackle small repair/maintenance issues, see National Churches Trust: Maintenance Grant

Stories worth sharing

You may be interested to take a look at recent church building projects:

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