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The National DAC conference, Hull, 25-26 September 2012

The Diocese of York and the Church Buildings Council ran a stimulating programme for DACs from all 42 dioceses exploring both open and sustainable churches and the position of the ‘second’ church, in places where the main parish church is itself a highly significant building.

There were a range of church visits including to St Mary, Beverley; St Andrew, Paull; St Helen, Welton and St John, Drypool where the challenges of sustaining the church building via its role in the community are being addressed in a variety of ways.

The Conference also saw the official launch of our new ChurchCare website in Holy Trinity Hull. Following a Eucharist service celebrated by the Bishops of Hull and Bradford, over 120 conference delegates and guests were served dinner in the south transept of this magnificent church.

The 2013 Conference is being organised in conjunction with the Diocese of Rochester. For more details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Some pictures from the Conference have been included below.

Beverley St Mary 

Beverley St Mary, an iconic 'second church'

Dr Joseph Elders presents the Open and Sustainable Churches project at  St Marys Lowgate Hull

Dr Joseph Elders introducing 'Open and Sustainable Churches' in St Mary, Lowgate

Sensitively inserted toilet at Welton St Helen

Well-thought out WC extension at St Helen, Welton

Secretary of CBC Janet Gough speaks at the AGM

Church Buildings Council Secretary Janet Gough addresses the AGM