Making changes

Holy Apostles Charlton Kings after reordering in 2010As beautiful and fascinating as many of our church buildings are, not all are well suited to modern worship, nor do they necessarily form the central function in communities they once did.  The expectations of today’s congregations are different from those of previous generations and in order to keep church buildings in active use some degree of change may be needed.

Relatively few church buildings are making the most of their full potential, and many parishes worry that their listed status means they won’t be able to change a thing, and that they will need to spend huge amounts of money to make a real difference.  But every church has some capacity for change, and relatively small modifications can make an enormous difference.  The guidance available in this section is intended to help parishes understand what is most important about their churches, and to make informed decisions about future change.

If you have any queries regarding making changes to your church building, please contact us.

Useful Links

Churchcare – The Church Buildings Council provides advice on a variety of aspects of making changes, from funding, extending use and physical changes

New work in historic places of worship – Historic England guidance note on a range of alterations to churches and best practice examples –


Statements of Significance and need – Guidance sheet 1

Making changes to your church: Where to start – Guidance sheet 2

Making changes to your church: Informal proposals – Guidance sheet 3

Making changes to your church: Submitting a good faculty application – Guidance sheet 4

What information needed to support a faculty

Drainage solutions for churches – Guidance Note

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