Advice and guidance for church buildings

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. Chalices before a confirmation service

    Church plate

    You may still use ancient communion vessels. They provide a unique continuity of worship. We can help you see the signs and understand the causes of damage. We can also help you with practical maintenance tips.

  2. Two old graves in graveyard with tall grass

    Churchyard structures

    Churchyards display a variety of historic structures, many listed in their own right. The good management of a churchyard needs to take into account a range of issues, from the burial rights of parishioners to the wildlife management of the churchyard. 

  3. Close up of a clock mechanism

    Clocks

    Our church turret clocks are often a sign of a welcoming church. We can help you keep a well-made clock working for years.

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

    Connectivity

    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.

  5. Interior view of St Peters church Highfield

    Conservation management plans

    A conservation management plan is a useful tool for recognising and reconciling tensions that may come up between the necessary life of the worshiping community and the significance of the place. It helps the church and its community to rise above these tensions in order to develop and grow. Conservation management plans are likely to be especially useful to major churches and cathedrals.

  6. Stained glass window of Jesus

    Conservation reports

    A conservation report can help you and your conservator make decisions for repairing and preserving objects. Our guidance can help your conservator or other contractor to prepare a report and support your church project.

  7. Stripped lead of a church roof

    Crime and security prevention

    Churches buildings are ideally open places where people can feel welcome and at ease to pray or rest without feeling watched or to enjoy the peace and beauty of the place. Concern about incidences of theft and crime should not prevent this.
     

    We can help you prevent crime in your church

  8. Water rising above a caution sign with a building in the background

    Disaster prevention and management

    You might want to put together a plan to protect your congregation and your church building in case of an emergency. We can help you think ahead.

  9. Glass cases with historical objects inside

    Display cases

    Your church may have portable objects that require special protection and display. A display case can be a good solution. But, as a place of worship, you need to balance the long-term protection of your objects against the special function and historic character of your church building. We can help you and your professional adviser deal with the care of your collection.

  10. Stand stands in front of six paintings hanging on a wall

    Disposals and loans

    The church buildings of the Church of England are home to an amazing variety of treasures and artworks that are of high significance. The Church Buildings Council considers that church treasures belong in churches and should only be removed in the most exceptional circumstances. We are temporary custodians of buildings, and have a duty of care not just for the current generation but for future generations. The past for church buildings is also their future – they tell the ongoing story of the church and of those who have worshipped there and cared for it, often for centuries, as a living witness to the glory of God in every corner of the land.