Category Archives: Toolkits


Spirit in Stone – inspiring churches in the North East

Celebrating the heritage of historic churches across the North East of England. The Spirit in Stone project has worked with 50 churches in 7 local area ‘clusters’, to engage volunteers and visitors in the rich cultural heritage of historic places of worship in the North East. This was made possible by a grant of £38,700 from […]


Buildings for Mission – a new resource

A very practical new handbook, Buildings for Mission, which aims to be a complete guide to the care, conservation and development of churches. This new book which offers itself as a complete guide to the care, conservation and development of churches is a must have for any congregation who is starting to have a major […]


Guidance from Inspired North East

The    The Dioceses of Newcastle and Durham’s project Inspired North East has guidance for places of worship on all aspects of opening up their buildings to visitors    


Open Churches Toolkit from the Diocese of London

The London Diocese Open Churches Toolkit (2014) will be of special interest to urban churches. “There’s no more effective way of engaging with the London outside your regular congregation than throwing open the doors of your church and keeping them open. Welcoming people into your building makes it a living space and creates a whole new […]


Welcoming Visitors to our Churches – a toolkit from the Diocese of Hereford

The Diocese of Hereford has produced a very good toolkit designed to help you make your church as warm and welcoming as possible to Visitors’. There is a series of advice sheets on a wide range of subjects including: getting you thinking about visitors or tourists to your church. how to produce interpretation panels, signage and leaflet […]


Divine Inspiration

Divine Inspiration began in July 2006, based in the Diocese of Coventry and was funded by English Heritage as part of the Places of Worship Support Officers funding programme. It acknowledged that church buildings were held in trust for all people to explore and enjoy, of all ages and any spiritual persuasion. They are full […]


Opening up churches for wider community use

Opening up churches for wider community use This toolkit takes churches step-by-step through the process of opening up their church for wider community use.  The first edition was launched November 2009 at the ‘Community Development Approach to the Use of Church Buildings’ conference in Hereford. The second updated revised edition was launched on 17th October […]


Churchcare website

Churchcare, the website of the Council for the Care of Churches, was re-launched in November 2007, following a major update and development which was made possible by Ecclesiastical Insurance. First launched in 2001, the aim is to provide a comprehensive resource for churchwardens and other volunteers who look after church buildings. Its content and remit […]


Reflections on church tourism

The Churches Visitor & Tourism Association has produced a cd-rom, full of inavluable information, insights and advice on how to promote visits to churches and enhance your visitor welcome. It offers a convenient starting point for accessing up to date resources for clergy, PCCs and individuals. PRICE: £9 including p&p. Click here to contact us if […]