The Pilgrim Trust sponsor and support the Nayler Awards for Excellence in Church Maintenance. The awards celebrate the magnificent effort of thousands of volunteers who look after church buildings across the UK.
Creativity, innovation and care
We are really proud to honour churches and the people who care for them through a range of award schemes.
Every year we attract hundreds of entries that exemplify the talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams. Whether it's great maintenance, a wonderful welcome, careful repair and conservation work, a superb volunteer team or installing vital new facilities; we want to hear more about your projects and people and we would love you to nominate them for one of our awards.
Each award has its own prize.
National Church Awards 2022
This year, for the first time, we are bringing together all our awards schemes into one nominations process and one event. We have also added new awards to recognise the hard work being done to welcome visitors, and an overall Church of the Year.
All our awards for this year are listed, with links to download guidelines and nominate your church.
In previous years we have run the various awards separately, sometimes bringing some together for an awards ceremony. Most recently we have presented awards at virtual ceremonies broadcast online. Scroll through some photos of our winners in a gallery. Click on the image to find out which award they won, and what made them stand out from the crowd.
The Marsh Church and Community Hero Awards celebrate volunteers who have had great ideas about using their church building, have contributed significantly to its sustainability, or who help their community using their building.
The church architecture awards are run by the National Churches Trust and the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association. They honour excellence and creativity in church architecture.
The Mercers’ Company is a long term partner of National Churches Trust, having awarded funding for refurbishment grants from Mercers’ Charitable Foundation and the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington to increase the community use of churches. The Company goes beyond funding for its partners and so is providing the Mercers’ Hall and refreshments for the 2022 awards event.