Churches and Faith Buildings: Realising the Potential
The paper has been produced by a working group comprising officials from Her Majesty’s Treasury, Communities and Local Government, Office of the Third Sector in the Cabinet Office, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Defra in conjunction with representatives of the Church of England. The paper should help dioceses and similar structures in other denominations and faiths to have a better understanding of how to access resources that will enable them to engage directly at a strategic level with the local and regional structures within which funding priorities and decisions are made. In turn, these structures and funders will be better equipped to understand the important role of the C of E and faith groups in delivering public services. A hard copy can be obtained firstname.lastname@example.org or read the full report onwww.cofe.anglican.org/about/cathandchurchbuild/realising.doc.
Building Faith in our Future
To receive information and funding news relevant to church buildings register as a Building Faith Supporter and receive copies of the Building Faith in our Future e-bulletin, please contact: Becky Payne at: Email: email@example.com ; Tel: 020 7898 1886.
Crossing the Threshold
This is a toolkit developed by the Hereford Diocese that firmly places the redevelopment / transformation of church buildings in the context of community development.
“Investing in a church building means that more people use it and build networks of support and friendship. This is an experience reported by many other churches which have carried out repair
and modernisation projects. In an age when some of the ills of society stem from people’s isolation ensuring that parish churches continue to be where Christians come together for worship, but also where it is possible for us to get to know our neighbours regardless of faith seems to me to be money well spent”.
Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury and Trustee of the National Churches Trust
in an article published in the Times on 16th February 2013.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
New resources relating to Faith in Maintenance see:www.spabfim.org.uk/pages/making_the_dvd.html
Church Care is the Church of England’s national resource, adding value from the centre to support over 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals. We support all those in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals caring for their buildings today and for the enjoyment of future generations. ChurchCare is the comprehensive source of information for everyone managing a church building. - See more at: http://www.churchcare.co.uk/#sthash.q4OS03Wm.dpuf
ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England)
ACRE has produced a Briefing Paper on changes to be introduced to the Licensing Act 2003, which directly relate to alcohol sales in rural church & community premises. The ACRE briefing is at:www.acre.org.uk/DOCUMENTS/publications/briefings/LicensingBriefingMarch2009.pdf
The National Churches Trust
The National Churches Trust is an independent, national non-profit making organisation that supports and promotes church buildings of historic, architectural and community value. Since 2005, we have distributed more than £9 million in grants for restoration and modernisation to over 1,000 churches, covering a range of denominations and spanning the length and breadth of the UK.