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Jul 18, 2018

National Churches Trust Conference


At the recent National Churches Trust Conference Caroline Spellman, the 2nd Church Commissioner made the following important points with regard to supporting the future of our parish churches.

At the recent National Churches Trust Conference Caroline Spellman, the 2nd Church Commissioner made the following important points with regard to supporting the future of our parish churches:

  • There was a need for multiple use of church buildings
  • Non church goers need to share heritage and wonder of church buildings.
  • The church is a local public resource and provides the backdrop for many of people’s happiest memories.
  • Are visitors’ pilgrims or tourists or both?
  • What is the difference between pilgrims and tourists and should a difference be made between the two?
  • Both types of visitors should be embraced otherwise churches would not be sustainable.
  • To go with tourism churches need to get the idea of ‘cultural snacking’ – people like to go into interesting places for 10 or 20 minutes but don’t want a 2 hour lecture.
  • Churches need to work with the Pubs and B&Bs so that people feel that they can come and had a ‘cultural snack’ in the church.
  • One statistic which had become clear is that it makes a vast difference is there is someone in the church to say hello and income could be doubled if there was music in the background.