Category Archives: Ministry to visitors

Why do people light candles?

The Shrine of St Alban is a site of national Pilgrimage and is one of the highlights of a visit to St Albans Cathedral and Abbey Church. People have been coming there for over 1700 years. It is used as a place of prayer and stillness by visitors every day. St Alban is Britain’s first […]

Resources for your church card stall and shop

Tim Tiley Ltd is a family run Christian print and gift wholesalers based in Bristol (U.K.), which supplies many Christian bookshops, conference centres and cathedral and church shops. They have an extensive range of products from prayer cards, bookmarks, folded cards and posters to jewellery, stationery, bible covers, wallets and more… Tim says We could […]

Methodist heritage seeks volunteers

The Methodist Church is seeking three volunteers with proven expertise to help support the care and promotion of Methodist archives and heritage. Would you, or do you know of others you would like to encourage to, consider these opportunities to serve the Methodist Church? Please feel free to share this email widely. If you have […]

A meditative walk around an historic church

SGM Lifewords have a card designed for visitors to historic churches. In the form of a fold-out card, it offers a meditative walk around the building, using the architecture as a starting point for prayer and reflection. Part of their Historic Churches range, they believe it will work in almost any traditional church building.

Heritage as a Vehicle for Mission

Extended notes of a keynote address given by Bishop Colin Fletcher, Bishop of Dorchester at The Churches Tourism Association Convention 19-21 November 2012, The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire. You can download here KeynoteAddress2012_BishopColin_Dorchester

Encouraging Visitors on a Spiritual Journey

A short guide written by the Revd Eileen McLean, former vicar of Bamburgh and Ellingham with practical and simple suggestions on how to engage visitors in the faith for which the buildings were built for the Newcastle Diocese Tourism Task Group (2006). “All churches are visited by people from outside their regular worshipping congregation. All […]

How can churches better engage with their visitors

In 2006, the Revd Eileen McLean used a sabbatical to look at how churches were engaging with their visitors and how that might be improved. “Visitors to any church will have many different motives for entering through the door.  They will also be a mixture of ages (veering towards the older end of the spectrum) […]