Care and Use of Churches

Resources within The English Parish Church through the Centuries

'The English Parish Church DVD-ROM is an extraordinarily rich resource. Without this knowledge people are strangers in their own churches.' The Most Revd and Rt Hon Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Christianity & Culture's DVD-ROM The English Parish Church through the Centuries: daily life & spirituality, art & architecture, literature & music contains several sections on the care, use, maintenance and re-ordering of churches, supported by case-studies showing how different approaches have worked in real churches. All sections are written by experts in their field and cover such topics as:

  • the faculty system explained
  • the issues to consider when thinking of re-ordering your church, with case-studies
  • why good guttering matters more than you might think
  • how to care for objects as diverse as stained glass, textiles, Communion plate, bells and clocks
  • how a tiny rural church re-engaged with its local community

Each section offers down-to-earth, practical advice with suggested sources for further information or more specific guidance.

Christianity & Culture also works with churches to develop ways of interpreting your building and bringing your story of faith to life for visitors and your own local community. You can see examples of projects we have undertaken by clicking on Partnerships.

Other sources of help

The Church of England, as well as many other organisations, is committed to providing help and support to the many thousands of people, paid and unpaid, who are involved in the care, use and maintenance of churches. Listed below are some links to websites you may find useful, but please be aware we at C&C are not responsible for the content.
This is maintained by the Church of England and has lots of help and guidance on practical topics. It also has news of conferences you may find useful.
The National Churches Trust is a national, independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting church buildings of historic, architectural and community value across the UK. They promote the use of church buildings by congregations and the wider community not just as places of worship but as venues for social, cultural and educational activities. They advocate the conservation of places of worship of historic value for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
English Heritage are able to offer advice and support, as well as being part of the regulatory process. This section of their website is particularly focussed on church matters.
This is the site for the UK Institute of Conservation, the main point of contact for locating and Accredited Conservators for specialised work or advice. It also has guidance information on how to choose the right specialist for you.
"Divine Inspiration" - a resource developed in Coventry Diocese to enable local churches to make the most of all their building's assets in telling their story, attracting visitors and serving the local community.
The site for The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
This has excellent technical advice and further sources of information.