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Every Church Counts

The UK has some of the most historic and beautiful churches, chapels and meeting houses to be found anywhere in the world. But many are at risk of closing for good if urgent action is not taken. 

  • In England, there are now 900 places of worship on Historic England's Heritage at Risk Register – with 53 more added in 2023. 
  • In Wales, 25 per cent of historic churches and chapels have closed in the last decade.
  • The Church of Scotland is actively planning to close as many as 30-40 per cent of its churches.

At the National Churches Trust, we are doing everything that we can to support church buildings in need. You can help us be here for every church – and the people and communities who rely on them.

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Every Church Counts – a blueprint of how churches can be saved for the future 

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.  
Our plan is the starting point for a national conversation on the future of church buildings. And we would love you to be a part of it.  

Get involved

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Download and read Every Church Counts

Take a look at the manifesto in full, which includes quotes from churches, the latest statistics on church buildings and public support and how you can help.

What you can do to help

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General Election 4 July 2024: ask your local candidates their views on church buildings

If prospective Parliamentary candidates or canvassers from political parties come to your door or phone you, or you have an opportunity to attend a public meeting, share why you think church buildings are important and need support.

To help you to do this, we’ve put together a helpful blog containing questions for candidates as well as some key facts about churches.

Put churches on the agenda during the General Election campaign
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Share Every Church Counts on social media and with your contacts

The best way to start a national conversation is to get everyone involved. Can you help? We would love you to show your support for Every Church Counts on social media and with your family, friends, colleagues and churches.

Please do share this webpage and why you support church buildings using the #EveryChurchCounts

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