The church of St Mary’s, Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk, on a sunny day. Angela Colclough

Amazing churches are important all year round

All around the UK, churches, chapels and meeting houses are open for you.
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Stained glass inside Redcliffe St Mary Church, Bristol
Ioan Said

Every Church Counts

With hundreds of churches facing closure, a national plan is urgently needed to help secure their future. We are calling on the UK Government, heritage organisations and Christian denominations to work together to tackle the UK’s single biggest heritage challenge.

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Outside Hornby St Margaret Church
Hornby St Margaret PCC

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MikeSwift

Upcoming training: Fundraising Fundamentals with Claire Walker

Join us online on Tuesday 12 March for this free online session. Whether you are right at the start of your journey, or looking to top up your campaign total we've got some great advice. Claire has been Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust since 2011 and has a wide range of fundraising experience in the charity sector.

Church of the Week

Church of the Week

Taunton, Somerset

On his way to Cornwall in August 1743, a founding member of the Methodist movement, John Wesley, preached in Taunton, and made a further 22 visits to the town. The number of Methodists in the town grew quickly and in 1775 Wesley gave permission for them to build a preaching house. The Octagon Chapel was erected in Middle Street and was opened by Wesley on 6 March 1776. By the turn of the century, the need for a larger chapel coincided with the return of James Lackington to the town. He was born in nearby Wellington and, as a boy, he heard a sermon by a Wesleyan preacher and was converted to Methodism. With a loan of £5 (from a fund set up by John Wesley) he starting selling secondhand books in a small shop in Finsbury, which eventually developed into a huge bookshop called 'Temple of the Muses'. Lackington retired to Taunton in 1808 and, at his own expense, built a much larger place of worship which he named ‘The Temple’. In 1812 the Methodists from the Octagon moved to the ‘The Temple’. Throughout the 19th century the congregation and its needs grew. In 1846 the façade was extended by 12ft towards the road, and the first schoolroom was built. Later, in 1866, the chapel was rebuilt along an east-west axis and the existing schoolroom was enlarged.

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Exterior image of Whiteparish All Saints Church
Paul Gooderham

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There is no bigger issue facing the UK’s heritage than the future of its churches. Help us in our mission to keep churches open and in use for generations to come.

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Our impact in numbers

  • Over 2000 Churches and chapels

    We've helped keep open, in good repair and supporting local people since 2007.

  • £ 2 million awarded in 2023

    To churches and chapels for urgent repairs, new facilities such as loos and kitchens and essential maintenance.

  • 7 Churches and chapels

    Removed from the Heritage at Risk Register in 2023 with the support of our grants.