Your 50 Things to do in a Church

 


‘50 Things to do in a Church’ celebrates the many and diverse uses of church buildings and asks the public to share their favourite things to do in a church or chapel. 

You can tell us about your favourite things to do in a church by filling in the form at the bottom of this page, on Twitter by using the hashtag #50thingsinachurch, on our Facebook page or email us at 50things@nationalchurchestrust.org. Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far.

You can see the full photo gallery here.

 

Walk the labyrinth - contemplating, meditating, saying prayers. At St Michael's Church, Llanfihangel Rhos y Corn, Carmarthenshire, West Wales. Caroline Evans

I am a member of Temple Methodist Church in Fenton Stoke-on-Trent. I am part of 2 choirs: Mixed Harmony which meet on a Tuesday evening and Stoke-on-Trent Methodist Singers which meet on a Friday evening. I am also a part of Girlguiding, an assistant Rainbow Leader. We invite families into our Church for Messy Church which meets once a month, which I help out at. We have various church groups that meet in the week e.g. Ladies group and a group which has discussions called Table Talk. When I am not working I go to the morning service and occasionally the evening service. I also go to various social events like film night where we have a sing along movie e.g. The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia. I also support sales which happen at Church. Rachel Parkes

Read gravestones in the churchyard, and look for the oldest one. Anthony Kay

St Mary's Church, Horncastle, staged a fantastic Arts and Music Festival for 1 week in May, Over 500 pieces of artwork were displayed, over 50 activities, performed by over 500 people, we also challenged the community to create a town map including 1000 homes. A great community celebration of life in our Lincolnshire market town. Linda Patrick

We held a delightful Christmas Tree Festival in December 2015 and challenged the Comunity to create a Christmas Tree with 1000 baubles.  It was a delightful event shared by all our community, young and old.  The tree was created with 1146 baubles in total and provided a beautiful backdrop the decorated Christmas Trees that adorned the beautiful church.  Watch out for 2016!! Linda Patrick

My own particular interest when visiting a church is to read and record epitaphs. They give inklings of many aspects of history (e.g. the number of long-gone trades that people had - 18 recorded in Ledbury, Glos)), the average ages of death, numbers of maternal & child mortality, as well as literary styles and sometimes very touching sayings. Also entertaining to see odd names which people had (e.g. Windmills Crompton). Lalage Brown

Talk to God. Philip Weaver

Brass rubbing. Joy M Easton 

I love walking and often take part or lead walks locally and when I am exploring the UK. Churches are great for walkers, first as a great aid to navigation when trying to find a path and secondly as a useful rest stop and time to take a break and if open visit and reflect, also the porch can often be a shelter in inclement weather! Many churches are now leaving cold drink supplies for walkers for which we a re extremely grateful. At St James' Church, Kingston in Dorset near Corfe Castle. Deborah Martin

Play a lunchtime classical guitar concert. At Wells Cathedral. Costanza Casullo

Cool down in summer, have a look at the achitecture, say hello to Mother Mary and enjoy the peace & silence. Claudia P

(a) Provide somewhere dry and warm for the homeless to sleep. (b) Provide a drink or meal for a homeless person. (c) Attend a baptism. (d) Attend a funeral. (e) Receive the sacrament. At Leicester Cathedral. Richard Bigham

 Although I have been a church musician for over 60 years, it still gives me enormous pleasure to go into a quiet church and play the organ. Very therapeutic! I am also privileged to teach the organ as well to pass on my love of the organ to others. Mike

Monthly coffee pot at the church hall! Set up for the bereaved and those on their own, but ALL welcome too. Very popular event. Twice a year changes to a lunch event, with a quiz. Theresa

At St Paul's Anglican Church, Burwood, Sydney NSW, Australia:  Worship. Pray. Explore to find interesting things, especially in the decorative details. Listen to the choir - I was a cathedral lay clerk once. Go there as a pilgrimage destination. Robert McLean

Choose a card. St John's Church, Golcar, Huddersfield, stocks a wide range of cards from birthdays to bereavement, blank cards to Christmas cards made by volunteers and sold to support the Welcome Centre in Huddersfield. Sue McLellan