We offer guidance and advice on the day-to-day maintenance of your church and on how to go about making changes to your building.

If you’re interested in the support available to help church in rural areas, we also recommending visiting the Arthur Rank Centre.

  1. Wireless broadband infrastructure in the form of wires and boxes concealled within the tower of St Michael's church, Brent Tor.


    Mobile-network and broadband technologies have revolutionised daily home and work life for many of us in recent years. And the part they play in our places of worship can be just as important. If you're interested in exploring how connectivity can serve your church, and help your church serve your community, find out what other churches have done here.

  2. Interior view of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square

    Local Authority Investment

    Guidance on the National Association of Local Councils and their policy on spending on churches

  3. Close up of a processional cross made of metal


    Many church metalwork and ironworks are of historic and artistic interest such as those made by the local blacksmith or in a regional or national craft workshop.

  4. Monumental Brass

    Monumental brasses

    The best and most ancient church monumental brasses are very important antiquities.

  5. Close up of the cross on the roodscreen


    Roodscreens are fragile and vulnerable to damage. Good building and drainage maintenance is essential to minimise the risk to screens. We can help you take simple steps to make sure your screen survives for as long as possible.

  6. Wall painting of baby Jesus in the manger with Mary, Joseph and angel


    Under construction

  7. Close up of the historic inscription on the floor of a church

    Historic floors

    The floor of a church building plays an important role in providing the background to its character. Keeping it clean and well maintained will ensure that it is safe to use for a long time. Sometimes however large repairs are needed. 

  8. Underfloor heating mechanism being installed


    One of the most important challenges facing churches today is providing sufficient comfort for the many different users of the building, from worshippers to staff to visitors. Achieving this whilst cutting our greenhouse gas emissions and conserving historic interiors creates specific technical challenges for church buildings.

    We are in the course of updating our church heating guidance (as at April 2020). The guidance below is from 2012. Whilst much of it is still relevant, it was written before the current understanding of the urgency of climate action.

    The Church Buildings Council have therefore developed a set of heating principles which dioceses and churches can be guided by, whilst the full document is updated. You can download the 2012 guidance and the 2020 heating principles, below. 


  9. Close up of the glass doors through the archway allowing you to see inside the church

    Glass screens

    You may want to install glass doors, glazed screens or lobbies to create a draught-proof entrance and allow people to have a clear view into the interior. We can help you understand the benefits and the drawbacks.

  10. A man smiling on pew in church talking with other people


    Historic seating can be significant in its own right as well as a major element of the significance of the church as a whole. Changing or replacing it can have a big impact on the interior of your church. We can help you understand your seating and the options for making changes.

Source URL: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/churchcare/advice-and-guidance-church-buildings

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