Experience shows that we neglect basic maintenance at our peril. On this page, therefore, we provide access to some practical, easy to follow guidance on church care and maintenance.
A worrying statistic: 3 out of 4 ‘Listed’ churches in the North East require attention to basic maintenance, according to English Heritage research (in 2008). Take no notice of a damp ceiling or a rotten timber and you could end up in deeply expensive trouble. But most of all, ignoring a blocked gutter or down-comer could lead to more serious problems.
Here are some sources of free (but priceless!) guidance on church care and maintenance that we think you will find useful:
The ‘Little Red Book’
English Heritage launched a free, practical booklet 'Caring for Places of Worship' in 2010. This includes useful sections on improving maintenance, opening the building to more visitors, widening community use, fundraising and making the building more secure.
Faith in Maintenance - a free video guide
SPAB has produced an excellent video of practical guidelines especially for churches. The video was produced to accompany SPAB's popular Faith in Maintenance one-day courses, aimed at churchwardens and anyone else involved in the care of church buildings.
Check out the practical advice and safety guidance on the excellent ‘Caring for your Church Building’ pages provided by the churchcare website. This includes...
The Church in Your Care
Newcastle Diocese has produced a 36-page guidance dossier (2008) that includes notes on looking after your church, as well as guidance on the Faculty process, planning for change, preparing Statements of significance etc.