There are a wide range of commercial uses of a church which can raise much-needed funding to be spent on mission, fabric repairs and other important uses.
Money-raising activities can benefit the church and local people, and complement the use of the building as a place of worship and focus for community engagement.
Coffee mornings, exercise classes and the rental of church spaces are just a few good examples of commercial use. The case studies below were written by representatives from churches who have undertaken projects to develop their church through commercial means. They provide guidance and advice for anyone looking to make their church an open and sustainable building.
- All Saints, Northampton - Diocese of Peterborough (cafe)
- St Leonard's, Yarpole - Diocese of Hereford (shop and post office)
- St Peter's, Notting Hill - Diocese of London (meeting rooms and gallery space)