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 Will Jones, the DAC Secretary, for informal advice and guidance on how to start.
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
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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 Will know - if you have any photos that would be even better.