Projects & Development

No one believes that church buildings are (or should be) dusty old museums that should be preserved without question. Churches are working buildings that need to be able to adapt as their use changes and diversifies. Historically churches have been altered and rearranged throughout their history to meet changing needs, and this is no more apparent than it is today. Throughout the Diocese we have fabulous examples of varied and extended uses that have been achieved through some alteration or adaptation of the building.

Making changes to your building

If you are thinking of embarking on a church building project contact Claire Strachan, the Diocesan Church Buildings Development and Projects Officer, for informal advice and guidance on how to start. Claire's role is focused on guiding and supporting parishes throughout their building projects, alongside liaising closely with the DAC to ensure the relevant permissions are obtained as quickly and easily as possible.

Common projects include:

  • Installation of WC facilities
  • Installation of servery or kitchen
  • Creation of 'Welcome Area'
  • Minor reordering for liturgical or social activities

Less common (but equally as valid!) projects include:

  • Large-scale/complex reordering
  • Construction of extensions for meeting rooms/facilities
Church Building News!

The Church Buildings team publish a quarterly newsletter (imaginatively titled Church Building News!) that can be accessed from the documents menu on the right hand side of this page. In it you will find up to date news on various topics, handy hints and tips in caring for your church buildings, and examples of projects within the Diocese. If you have a church building project or news item that you would like to feature in this newsletter please contact Claire on the details below.

Contact

Claire.Strachan@covcofe.org

(024) 7652 1353

When PCCs are considering undertaking a particular project, for example to introduce a new servery or meeting room, they regularly ask the Church Buildings Team for examples of similar projects in the Diocese so that they may be able to visit them. If you have recently completed a project in your church and would like us to tell other parishes about it please let Claire know - if you have any photos that would be even better!