I was glad when they said to me, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord' (Psalm 122.1). People visit church buildings for a variety of reasons. They may be local, or come from afar. They may be on a family history or war memorial quest, or come clutching an architectural guidebook or a church tourism leaflet. They may be on an organised walking, cycling or driving trail. They may simply be curious!
Being open strengthens the role of the Church in the community and give opportunities for mission. The primary reasons for visiting a church building are social, spiritual, and the sense of welcome and of holiness. A space for reflection or prayer at the heart of each community is something that every Church can offer through their building.
Churches should open daily to the public, from the local community to other visitors.
Check out our new website - ChurchDays - for information on visiting the Church of England's 16,000 church buildings