A city centre resource church is a church which, working closely withthe local bishop, intentionally resources mission across a city, by planting and revitalising churches, developing leaders and providing other resources for mission. Its aim is to help evangelise the city and transform society.
The Resouce Church Guidance note will assist resource churches in putting forward proposals for adaptation of exisitng church buildings. By setting out the context of the resource church it will help consultees understand the significance of a resoucre church to the mission of the diocese.
The churches drawn from each of the Church of England’s 42 dioceses are extraordinary buildings and many of them contain exceptional treasures. Church buildings tell the story of Christianity in England. They define the landscape and in our island nation quickly become landmarks by sea and land. Churches preserve local stories and mark significant events in our national history. Since Henry VIII broke with Rome in 1534 the Monarch is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and as the Established Church all its church buildings belong to everyone.
With the churches team at Churchcare I am amazed as I travel around the country at how imaginatively churches are now being used and at how well maintained, mostly by volunteer congregations and communities, they are. This book pays tribute to the remarkable unsung heroes of our church buildings, the many volunteers who keep them open and sustainable. I hope too it will encourage many more to visit, enjoy and support the Church of England’s unique heritage of nearly 16,000 church buildings.
To purchase a copy of this book, please visit the Church House Bookshop website
Please do not refer proposals to the Church Buildings Council for advice unless the Diocesan Advisory Committee has advised you that it is appropriate to do so.
You can also write to:
Cathedral and Church Buildings Division
27 Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ
Or telephone 0207 898 1863
St Paul’s Cathedral has commissioned Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir to create a new anthem for the Queen's 90th birthday. It will be sung by St Paul’s Cathedral Choir at the National Service of Thanksgiving here on Friday 10 June.
But the Cathedral is not keeping the anthem to itself for a world premiere. The piece has been written to suit both the magnificent choir of St Paul’s Cathedral and local amateur choirs - so everyone should feel able to perform it to enjoy an echo of the St Paul’s service wherever they are.
Ringing is likely to be very appropriate at almost any time everywhere over the Queen's official birthday weekend, especially if it fits in with any local celebrations planned. But the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers and the Palace has agreed that special ringing should take place at lunchtime on the Sunday, to coincide with The Patrons Lunch. Ringers are therefore encouraged to arrange special ringing at some point between 12 noon and 2 pm that day and to let local media and residents know why you are ringing.
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) is encouraging its members and volunteers across the country to join in celebration the Queen's 90th birthday by holding their Music Sunday on 12th June. Churches and communities around the UK and overseas will join in celebrating this event with music and hymns. Please visit the link below for updated information on resources and how to plan your Music Sunday.