Modernise churches to attract new visitors
Published: Friday, March 28, 2014
Claire Walker, CEO of the National Churches Trust, has written about the importance of church repairs in a letter published in the Daily Telegraph.
In a letter published on 27 March 2014, Claire Walker wrote:
Over the past decade funding by the National Churches Trust, an independent charity which receives no financial support from Government, has enabled over 2000 churches, chapels and meeting houses to repair roofs and stonework and to install modern facilities, such as cafes, toilets, and up to date heating.
Making churches attractive places where people can be made welcome both spiritually and materially enables them to attract new visitors, some of whom, if not already worshippers, may well become part of the church community.
The National Churches Trust warmly welcomes the announcement of £20m of funding for Cathedrals in the 2014 Budget. However, many of the UK’s 47,000 Christian places of worship are also in need of significant financial support to pay for repairs and modernization. Over the coming years, we will continue to play our part in keeping these churches alive.
Claire Walker, Chief Executive