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Amazing churches are important all year round

All around the UK, churches, chapels and meeting houses are open for you.
Find out how you can help them remain open and in use.

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How the new Government can help keep UK churches open and in use

The new Government inherits a country with stressed public finances and strained public services. Imagination, ingenuity and leadership are all going to be needed – and whatever happens to taxes, the state will be in no position to solve every problem. But there is one national resource, sometimes overlooked by politicians and policy makers that can help: the UK’s network of 38,500 churches and chapels.

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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.

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Historic Churches Scotland

We're hiring: Cherish Support Officer (Scotland)

Are you passionate about helping churches near you to remain open and thrive? If you can respond to enquiries and engage with stakeholders, you could make a massive difference to the churches, chapels and meeting houses in Scotland.

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How to put on a heritage open day that gets the whole church and community involved

Opening your building up to the public is a great way of welcoming visitors into your church. And by tying it into a local heritage open day event, you could end up attracting many more people into your building. Ebrington Presbyterian church took part in a Heritage Open Day for the first time last year and managed to get their entire church and community involved. Here’s how they did it and the success they had.

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© Morgan Ellis Leah

Online Lecture: Cadaver Monuments

Join us online from 5:30pm-6:30pm on Tuesday 30 July to find out more about cadaver tombs in English churches. The National Churches Trust's Morgan Ellis Leah will be sharing about her fascinating new research on these medieval memorials. Book your ticket today.

Kirkwall Salvation Army Church in Orkney
The Salvation Army

Church of the Week

Kirkwall Salvation Army Church & Community Centre has been active in Orkney since 1885, and the current church building has been a vital community hub since the 1960s. The church regularly hosts local charities and community groups. But demand for these services has significantly grown. We were delighted to award a £20,000 National Churches Trust Grant to help pay for new kitchen facilities and a toilet block as the church extends its building, ensuring it can thrive today and tomorrow.

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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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