Community use of a church can mean any use which is not commercial in outlook.
This might mean rooms or spaces which can be used by local people for a variety of reasons. It could be a coffee morning which exists solely for people to come together rather than to raise funds.
The case studies below were written by representatives from churches who have undertaken projects to develop their church through community means. They provide guidance and advice for anyone looking to make their church an open and sustainable building.
- St Giles, Langford - Diocese of Chelmsford (Conversion of vestry into village shop)
- St Mary the Virgin - Stannington - Diocese of Newcastle (Creation of community room and IT Online Centre)
- St Mary, Cloughton - Diocese of York (Addition of post office)
- St Cuthbert, Copnor - Diocese of Portsmouth (Accomodation of GP surgury and community complex)
- Springfield Project - Diocese of Birmingham (Children's centre)
- St John at Hackney - Diocese of London (New cafe)
- St James, West Hampstead - Diocese of London (New cafe, gift shop, florist, and children's play area)
- St. Peter’s Church, Swainsthorpe - Diocese of Norwich (Re-ordering of the Nave to provide Community Space)
Good coverage of the work St James, West Hampstead have done to double their congregation and bring 3,500 people through their doors every week is featured in this episode of the BBC's "Songs of Praise", beginning at 4 minutes 40 seconds into the programme.