We have been entrusted with the care of many beautiful and historic churches.
These have been passed down to us from previous generations, and our challenge is to care for them, maintain them and pass them on to those who come after us in at least as good a condition as that in which we received them.
Even if your church is a modern building, and unlisted, the chances are that one day it will be regarded as a historic asset, so it should be treated as such.
The idea that Faculty petitions and/or planning applications from unlisted churches are treated any less seriously than those from listed ones is a common misconception, and modern churches often contain historic artefacts which have been salvaged from closed churches.
There is a school of thought which says caring for historic churches is a drain on time and resources. However, if properly done, it is a wonderful opportunity for outreach and for witnessing to the glory of God. A historic church is a blessing and an asset to the community it serves and, with a bit of vision and perhaps some sensitive adaptations, will continue to be so for many years to come.
Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme
The Listed Places of Worship Grant Scheme provides grants equivalent to the VAT cost incurred when making repairs to listed buildings used as places of worship. The scheme covers repairs to the fabric of the building, along with associated professional fees, plus repairs to turret clocks, pews, bells and pipe organs. Applications are normally made by email.
For an application form and a full description of what repairs are and are not currently covered by the scheme, go to the website www.lpwscheme.org.uk.