Church and Government congratulate National Churches Trust

Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012

 

The National Churches Trust has celebrated its fifth anniversary on 28 June 2012.

Since June 2007, the Trust has provided grants of over £8 million to almost 900 places of worship in the UK.  Messages of support for the work of the National Churches Trust have come from church leaders and Government.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, Joint President of the National Churches Trust  said:

“Christian places of worship are integral to our national heritage and span the history of the British Isles. Whether located in large, bustling cities or small rural hamlets, they have also become the focus for charitable work, local enterprise and cultural and social activities.  Many of these buildings remain the heart and soul of their neighbourhoods.”

 “We can be grateful to the National Churches Trust, which, since its formation in 2007, has helped to fund the repair and maintenance of almost 900 places of worship. Facilities have been modernised, disused spaces utilised, buildings converted and interiors reordered enabling these churches to play an even more active and valued role and in sustaining local communities.   As it looks to the years ahead, the National Churches Trust will continue to provide much needed financial and practical help thus ensuring the future of church buildings as a vital focus for neighbourhoods in city and country areas. The Trust deserves our unstinting support.”

 Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, Joint President of the National Churches Trust said: “It’s important we celebrate Church buildings and how these buildings serve their local communities, whether it’s a Cathedral or a local church.  Since 2007, the National Churches Trust has worked hard to distribute over £8 million in grants to restore and modernise hundreds of places of worship which open for regular services.  Congratulations on the Trust’s 5th anniversary and achievements – keep up the good work”.

John Penrose MP, Minister for Heritage and Tourism  at the Department for Heritage, Media and Sport said: “I warmly congratulate the National Churches Trust on the fifth anniversary of its launch as the successor to the Historic Churches Preservation Trust. The financial and practical support provided by the Trust helps many of Britain’s churches, chapels and meeting houses continue to flourish at the heart of their communities, by preserving their architecture and keeping their facilities up to date. I wish the Trust all the very best for the future.”

The National Churches Trust was  launched in 2007 at Lambeth Palace as the successor to The Historic Churches Preservation Trust.

The National Churches Trust is an independent, non-profit organisation, dedicated to supporting and promoting places of worship used by Christian denominations throughout the UK. One of the ways in which it does this is through the award of grants for repairs and for the installation of community facilities.