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 set of opportunities for engaging with the local community. It’s the best way of turning passers-by into friends and worshippers.
Here you can find out about the benefits of being open and how to overcome any of the concerns that might have put you off opening your church in the past. The case studies at the end demonstrate how other parishes have gone about it and show how the benefits can often go way beyond your expectations. While there’s no single right way of doing it, at the end of this toolkit you should have a clear idea of how to get started“.