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Heritage: Introduction


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This guide contains the following sections to help celebrate your Christian heritage with local people and visitors:


Why bother with historic church buildings? Does Christian heritage matter in the 21st century?

I’d like to champion the view that how we look after and use our historic church buildings is part of being an ambassador for Christ. I say this for the following reasons:

  • Worship - Church buildings are a form of visual worship. The architecture and art reflects the beauty and majesty of The Lord and creates a distinct, special space to draw closer to The Lord, a shared space to come together as a community of God.
  • Witness - Church buildings are a strong witness to the endurance of the Christian faith through the years. Buildings are also a witness to the character of The Lord. The quality condition and presentation of the building (inside and out) really matters. What first impression does your church give to those wondering who God is or is He really alive? And subsequently, what impression does it give of you as the body of Christ? Imagine you’re a first time visitor or passer by- your building speaks!
  • Serving others - If we are to effectively love others as we ourselves would like to be loved, we need to ensure our buildings provide the very best for people – a warm welcome that cares for our physical needs and have facilities that enable the church to respond to their communities. Poorly maintained buildings and/or those lacking effective provision fail to serve people well.

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The DAC Office - The office of the Diocesan Advisory Commitee (DAC) has responsibility for progressing faculty applications and providing policy advice on church building matters.  The answer to most popular enquiries will be available via these web pages but do contact the DAC Office if not.  Where appropriate, the DAC Office can put you in touch with churches who have undertaken similar work to any scheme you might be proposing yourself.