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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Are you an experienced Project Manager who wants to help keep churches well maintained, valued and in use? You could make a massive difference to the UK's churches, chapels, and meeting houses by joining our team. Click here to find out more.

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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

Greensted, Essex

Just a few miles north east of the M25, nestled in the rural Essex countryside, you can find the oldest wooden church in the world. St Andrews Greensted has 51 beautiful timbers constructing the main body of the church which have been dated to 1060, although excavations in the 1960s revealed earlier structures dating to the 6th and 7th centuries underneath the current Tudor chancel. As well as being an incredibly rare survival of a wooden church, this beautiful building has so much history. The body of Saint Edmund, King of East Anglia, England’s first patron saint, rested in the church in 1013 on its way to Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk. The oldest grave in the churchyard, lying adjacent to the entrance to the church, is that of a 12th century crusader, thought to be a bowman. In the 19th century the Tolpuddle martyrs, a group of agricultural labourers who signed up to a trade union in Dorset, settled in Greensted after returning from transportation to Australia following a public outcry at the harshness of their sentence. They regularly worshipped at St Andrews.

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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.