As part of preparing your church for visitors, you may consider creating a trail around your building and/ or churchyard. A trail doesn't have to be complicated and a simple sheet providing information about interesting features within the church will suffice.
Consider using the numbers 1 -10 and letter- headed paper provided in the signage pack but you can still create a good trail without them. Lead visitors around your church providing information about stained glass windows, memorials and any special features that make your church unique.
Adding historical information or stories attached to areas of your church will make it more interesting. If your church has links to a famous person or a historical figure or point in time include it in your guide. Your trail information can act as a guide even if you are not able to provide people to welcome visitors every day. Think about what you would tell a visitor that was interested in your church and include it in your sheet.
Once you've created a simple trail you may wish to think about one of these ideas.
- A children's trail - encourage youngsters (and adults!) to look around all areas of the church from ceiling to floor. Point out unusual features, count things and ask them to look for details they may have missed.
- A themed trail - focusing on a particular artist or architect with a connection to your church or a particular point in time such as the industrial revolution.
- War Memorials - During the centenary of WW1 there is expected to be increased interest in memorials with visitors looking into local or family history
Once you have created your trail let us know and we can include information on the tourism website www.derbyshirechurches.org