All new website officially launches September 2012
The Church of England’s 16,000 churches now have an improved, updated website to call on to help maintain and develop their buildings.
ChurchCare, the central hub of information for everyone managing a church building, has received a ‘make over’. The redesign was supported specialist church and heritage insurer Ecclesiastical. The refreshed site includes easier navigation, enhanced functionality and increased content and resources for anyone responsible for the upkeep of church buildings.
Janet Gough, Director of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division, Archbishops’ Council says:
“ChurchCare is the principal source of information and resource for all those caring for the Church of England’s 16,000 parish churches and 42 cathedrals, 12,500 of which are listed of special architectural or historic interest.”
“The site is a one-stop-shop for guidance, news, campaign information and examples of best practice. It is also home to “Shrinking the Footprint”, the Church’s environmental campaign, which aims to reduce the Church’s carbon footprint by 80% by 2050.”
John Coates, Church Insurance Director at Ecclesiastical, commented:
“Ecclesiastical has been protecting churches and church communities since 1887. This year, in our 125th Anniversary year, we wanted to extend the support we give to the Church beyond what we normally do and help create an easy-to-use sustainable knowledge hub for church buildings’ managers."
The site is now managed entirely in-house by the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division. This means that we can respond quickly to new developments. The new ChurchCare website will be officially launched at the Diocesan Advisory Committee Conference in Hull on 25-26 September.
The site has already seen a marked increase in visitor numbers with more than 15,000 visitors between 1 June and 31 July - an increase of 150% compared to Spring 2012.