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.

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    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.

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    Electrical Car Charging

    Churches, church schools, and diocesan offices may be interested in installing electric vehicle charging points in their car parks. Clergy may want to install them at their homes.

  3. Energy Footprint

    Energy efficiency measures

     There are some relatively easy steps which will cut your church's use of electricity and gas, and your utility bills

  4. Military flags and colours at the Guards' Chapel in London

    Flags and military colours

    There are many options for flying flags and for laying up military standards, guidons and colours. We can help you understand your choices and care for your historic flags and banners.

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    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.

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    Heating

    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.


    A church’s heating system affects its fabric, its contents, its congregation and its mission. Heating makes up the vast majority (over 80%) of its energy use and carbon footprint. Heating costs money to run, maintain and replace. 
     

    There is no universal solution to making a church comfortable and the key to arriving at a solution that provides reasonable comfort at a reasonable cost and reasonable environmental impact is to devote sufficient time and effort to understanding the particular needs of your own church.
     

    We are in the course of updating our church heating guidance. We have divided our guidance into a suite of short stand-alone sections. Pick out the section you need, or read all of them from start to finish. We will add more sections as they are ready.

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    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. 

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    Human remains

    You will often find Christian and even pre-Christian burials in and around our churches and cathedrals. We can help you understand what to do if you find human remains.

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    Insurance, health and safety

    Your church needs to be safe for the protection of worshipers, visitors and employees. We can help you identify the hazards, assess the risks and take action.

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    Introducing new art in churches

    Art has been part of church life for centuries, and art in our churches takes many forms. It helps us connect with God and reflect our faith. New art should always be created for a specific place in your church building, and with an understanding of its purpose in supporting people’s faith. We can guide you through the process of commissioning new art for your church.