Effective maintenance depends on regular ‘health checks’ on your church, and carrying out any work needed at the appropriate time. According to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, effective maintenance involves two activities:
Carefully inspecting your church to assess its condition and note any problems should be done at least once a year.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: annual inspections
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: maintenance checklist
Some practical tasks can be carried out by competent and willing volunteers.
A calendar for routine maintenance will help you to stay on top of everything, ensure that you carry out tasks at the best time of year, and make sure you don’t forget anything.
There are several maintenance calendars online, which you can use as the basis for creating a bespoke schedule for your church. Use our template to plan and record completion of the tasks needed to look after your building in an appropriate way, and at the appropriate time of year.
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings: faith in maintenance calendar
Church of England: calendar of care
Historic England: maintenance plan
Methodist Church: annual inspection