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Rural Church Buildings Conference - Acknowledge, inform, inspire

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Holy Trinity Pleshey and Diocesan Retreat House

The Steet

Chelmsford

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Are you intrested in exploring how village churches can flourish as spaces for mission & service?

Attend our one day conference at The Diocesan Retreat House in Pleshey and Holy Trinity church, Pleshey.


Workshops include:

Planning and running a building project

From dream to reality, from choosing contractors to writing faculty applications, architect and writer on church building projects Nigel Walter (co-author of ‘Buildings for Mission’) leads this session covering the issues involved in larger-scale building projects.



Finding funding

This session looks at fundraising plans, sources of funding and how to identify external funders. You’ll gain an insight from the Allchurches Trust and Friends of Essex Churches into what grant-making bodies may expect of applicants.



Church buildings as community space

Churches are often the only remaining public building in a village. Sue Sheppard from RCCE (Rural Community Council of Essex) leads this session exploring how churches are increasingly open and available to the wider community.



Celebrating sacred space, pilgrimage, heritage and tourism

Built to tell the Christian story, rural churches are filled with artefacts that bring together God’s story with the stories of the village and its people. This session with Rural Advisor Janet Nicholls explores how we can treasure and share that sense of sacred space. Rural churches welcome thousands of visitors every year. Find out from Brigid Main about ways of offering the best welcome to the many people who enter our church buildings.



Looking after your building

Keeping up with repairs and maintenance plays a part in ensuring a church building’s long-term future and will save money by reducing the need for major repairs. Find out from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) about the key tasks involved and learn from their Faith in Maintenance project and other programmes.



Crime prevention and insurance

Whether it’s because of lead theft or vandalism, rural churches are often in the news for the wrong reasons. Rebecca Chantler from Ecclesiastical Insurance and Stephen Armson-Smith and Paul Harris from the Essex Crime Prevention Heritage Watch advise on how we can best protect our buildings.



Asking the hard questions

There are over 10 000 Anglican church buildings in rural areas in England, many of them Grade I or II listed: are they a blessing or a burden? Does the church really need all of them? What are the alternatives? This open session chaired by Archdeacon Robin and Nathan Whitehead is an opportunity to explore some possible answers to these and other difficult questions #Is it OK?.


For more information contact Graham Dowling email: gdowling@chelmsford.anglican.org


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