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. Close up of the cross on the roodscreen

    Roodscreens

    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.

  2. Close up an unfinished church lead roof

    Roofs

    Your church roof keeps out water and prevents the deterioration of your building and its content. We can help you make sure it is carefully maintained.

  3. Archaeological ruins of a church building

    Ruined churches

    Ruined churches are a treasured feature of our countryside. For some parishes, they can be an expensive headache.  But for others, they represent an opportunity. We can help you understand how to deal with ruins in your care.

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

    Seating

    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.

  5. Church bookshop inside bell tower

    Sharing your building and finding partners

    We want to encourage you to make wider, more imaginative and more strategic use of your church building, opening it up to all in your community and giving people new reasons to cross the threshold. We can help you select the right legal and funding model to develop your building for uses beyond worship.

  6. Stained glass window

    Stained glass

    Every window in your church is unique and needs to be understood and respected. Historic glass is one of the most fragile materials in your church. But we can help you see the signs and understand the causes of damage. We can also help you with practical maintenance tips.

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    Statements of significance and needs

    If your church is listed, then you need to write a statement of significance and needs to apply for faculty. We can help you focus on what’s important.

  8. Tapestry at St Andrew’s Church, Roker

    Textiles

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  9. The practical path to net zero carbon for churches

    This guidance offers a 'practical path' to net zero carbon for church buildings, showing where most churches should start, and the more advanced projects for churches who use more energy. 

  10. Steps up to path in ancient woodland

    Trees

    Trees are a traditional and valuable feature in your churchyard. They create character and support wildlife. We can help you take good care of them.