Tuesday, 12 July 2016, ChristChurch, Spitalfields, London
We were honoured with a visit to the morning session by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.
Nicolas Jenni: helpful handouts
Outline of the day
Attracting participation from DAC members, historic church buildings support officers, clergy church wardens and PCC members, this event was free to all participants thanks to the generous support of Ecclesiastical Insurance.
Churches are key to a sense of place, and it is crucial to plan church developments effectively to meet the needs of the church and community. Developing church buildings: principles & practice provided tools and case studies of how to plan to make sure your church offers what the local community needs and supports the mission of the church. With speakers from The Prince's Foundation, conservation and church architects, sessions on bigger picture strategic thinking through to engaging communities in delivering projects to make more effective tools for mission were presented.
This one day workshop included practical planning, using the Prince's Foundation's proven methods of how to relate to and understand your community, as well as advice on design principles and how to develop strategy. Participants met others who were also planning church building developments and used current case studies from around the country and from Christ Church, Spitalfields to learn how churches are tackling issues of development and sustainability.
With a special lunchtime reception, the day concluded with a chance to chat about ideas further with drinks and an organ recital in the historic Spitalfields church.