How we are helping you!
It’s not easy for congregations, mostly volunteers, to maintain our church buildings. It’s not just fundraising but dealing with problems like lead theft and bats (protected by EU legislation).
But help is at hand from dioceses, usually via the Diocesan Advisory Committee, and from ChurchCare - the Church of England’s national resource supporting the people in parishes, dioceses and cathedrals, who care for our 16,000 church buildings and 42 cathedrals.
The newly published ChurchCare Impact Review 2013 is available to download here. It sets out how ChurchCare can help you care for and develop your church building, detailing:
- Training events, such as on the heating of church buildings
- Competitions to support new initiatives (new chairs and new art competitions)
- Grants schemes, to fund the conservation of historic artworks, historic furnishings and objects and high level urgent repairs
- Campaigns for church buildings, including:
o Ensuring the 2012 Budget changes on VAT had no adverse impact on church buildings (by securing an additional £30 million annually to the Listed Places of Worship Grants Fund)
o Fighting against the blight of metal theft (and securing two new pieces of legislation to protect churches in the last six months)
o Shrinking the Footprint - the Church of England’s campaign to reduce our environmental impact across all of our buildings
o Open and Sustainable churches - enabling churches to undertake community, cultural and commercial activities which compliment worship and mission