Upcoming Buildings for Mission Events

Posted on: 04/03/2013

CandC MenuDo you struggle with your church building? There are two ‘Buildings for Mission‘ events coming up at the end of next week that may be of interest, particularly for those in the north of England. Both events are linked with the wonderful Christianity and Culture.

Buildings for Mission: Friday 15th March 2013, at the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Houghton le Spring, Co Durham

This is organised by Inspired North East and is billed as a practical conference to help you take a fresh look at your church building; the cost is just £15. The keynote speaker is The Right Revd David Stancliffe, who is the former Bishop of Salisbury and also wrote the excellent Lion Guide to Church Architecture. The day includes a section on Tools for Action, and a serious of workshops looking at a variety of case studies.  Click here for booking information.

Buildings for Mission 2: Saturday 16th March 2013, at the Church of St. Peter’s, Norton on Derwent, North Yorkshire

This could be billed as ‘The Sequel’, as it addresses the four main areas of interest that emerged from the feedback forms from the first ever ‘BFM’ day in March of last year. These ‘hot button’ issues are the liturgical and practical issues around reordering for worship, seeing your building’s potential, interpretation materials for church buildings, and how to create a Statement of Significance

Cost for half a day £15, or the full day £25 including lunch and refreshments. Click here for booking information.

Why am I interested?

Both events will include a demonstration of a new Statements of Significance Tool which has been developed by C&C with significant input from English Heritage, and should revolutionise the creation of these crucial documents. The Tool is web-based, and splits the process into 10 sections, so that the work involved can be divided between different people, and will always be available to be updated. The Tool will be trialled at both of the above events; by using the event venue as a model, the idea is to get feedback on the way it works prior to its launch later in the year.

Coming to a church near you…

Christianity and Culture has designed ‘BFM’ as a toolkit of parts to enable dioceses across the country to run the same event. If you are interested in this, please contact C&C (01904 328095), and speak to Louise Hampson.

FREE tickets to CRE International 2013

Posted on: 01/03/2013

CRE Sandown 2013ChurchBuild is delighted to offer our subscribers free tickets to CRE International, saving you up to £6 per head. Everything you need to equip and resource your church can be found at the exhibition, which runs from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th May – for more information click on the logo to the right…

Complimentary Tickets

To book your complimentary tickets, click on the banner below, and you will be taken straight to the complimentary ticket registration. Under ‘Purchase Options’ remember to click on ‘Exhibition – Complimentary‘. We look forward to seeing you there.


Cambridge Walking Tour

Posted on: 25/09/2012

The Round Church, CambridgeThis Saturday I will be leading a walking tour of Cambridge churches on behalf of The Ecclesiological Society. We will be looking at 5 buildings in the centre of Cambridge, and in particular focusing on the 25 years from 1842-1867 during which time significant new churches were built and almost every medieval church in the city was altered.

The Cambridge Camden Society

Ecclesiological Society SealIt was in Cambridge that the Cambridge Camden Society was founded in 1839, and from here that the transformation of Victorian church architecture spread through The Ecclesiologist and other publications. The Society was founded by 3 undergraduates, including the hymn writer J M Neale (‘All Glory, Laud, and Honour’, ‘Good King Wenceslas’, and ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’…). When part of Holy Sepulchre Church (‘The Round Church’) collapsed in 1841 the Society seized the opportunity and funded a demonstration project for their ideas, in Anthony Salvin’s restoration. In 1845 the Society renamed itself the Ecclesiological Society; the current Society dates from a refounding of the original in 1879. The Society’s seal was designed by AWN Pugin – note the Round Church appearing at the bottom. For more on the seal see the Ecclesiological Society website (follow About Us etc). If you’re interested in the history of churches then membership of the Society is an absolute bargain and highly recommended.

The Usual Suspects

It is interesting to note the same (national) architects repeatedly involved in different projects. For example after the Round Church Anthony Salvin did some minor work at nearby Great St Mary’s and at Jesus College Chapel; George F Bodley not only designed the new All Saints Church, but also worked at Jesus Chapel, and of course George Gilbert Scott seems to have worked everywhere, designing the new Chapel for St Johns College, restoring St Michael’s, St Edward’s etc etc.

An altogether different character was Ambrose Poynter who designed three new churches in Cambridge – Christchurch Newmarket Road (1837 – a reduced version of Kings College Chapel in brick), St Paul’s Hill’s Road (1841 – red brick and loosely modelled on Great St Mary’s), and St Andrew the Great (1842). St Paul’s is interesting because it was attacked by Pugin in the first edition of The Ecclesiologist (November 1841):

“The church is of no particular style or shape but it may be described as a conspicuous red brick building something between Elizabethan and debased Perpendicular architecture … the huge clock, the disproportionate octagonal turrets, the great four-centred belfry, windows without cuspings or mouldings … the square clerestory windows; the enormous windows in the aisles … the graduated parapet of the nave … are quite indefensible.”

More Info

If you are interested in the itinerary for the walk you can download a pdf flier here. If you want to join the tour you would be very welcome, but please let me know beforehand (you can do so via the comments below). The charge for the day is £25 (cheque to The Ecclesiological Society on the day), which includes entry into all of the buildings.

Planning to go to the Christian Resources Exhibition?

Posted on: 24/04/2012

Two weeks today is the opening of the Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park Racecourse near Esher, which runs from Tuesday 8th to Friday 11th May. The CRE is a focal point for a broad range of Christian organisations, from charities to literature, from furniture to clothing – the list is endless. The exhibition is a great opportunity to reflect on church life and faith, to see what else is going on in the church, to meet old friends and make new ones.

Having exhibited successfully at two CREs last year ChurchBuild is delighted to be exhibiting once again at Esher. We see CRE as a great place to explore the themes we are championing through this site. We are at stand S61 on the ground floor (Surrey Hall) just next to the main entrance doors – see our ad on the inside back cover of the exhibition handbook. Lots more information on the exhibition is available at www.creonline.co.uk.

Your Complimentary Ticket

As exhibitors we are pleased to invite you and your friends to CRE International as our guests, saving you up to £6.00 per ticket. Just click on the graphic. We hope you’ll be able to join us.

Growing The Rural Church

Posted on: 22/02/2012

Scargill House
In just two week’s time the Growing the Rural Church conference will be taking place at Scargill House in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. The conference is aimed at church leaders and members across all denominations, who are making progress growing the rural church. The three day structure enables the conference to look at three key questions:

  • Reaching rural communities both new and long standing
  • Buildings – burden or blessing
  • Enabling participation – empowering the people of God  

Scargill HouseSo why should those of us (like myself) who are not directly involved in a rural church be interested? Surely this is not for us? In preparing for the conference (I’m doing a workshop session on the Wednesday afternoon) I’ve been challenged in my thinking in a couple of important ways.

Firstly, if being the body of Christ means anything, then surely it means being actively engaged with other parts of the church that have concerns that are less directly relevant to our own. Many churches are used to looking abroad and getting involved in whatever way with churches in other parts of the world – so why not in our own back yard?

But secondly, and perhaps more importantly, there is what the rural church can teach the urban and suburban church. I suspect that is rather more than ‘townies’ such as myself  care to admit. One important area – and I suspect that this in one way or another is where the growth in rural areas is coming from – is in the very real ways in which the rural church is able to root their local communities.

The Wednesday is the buildings day, and includes input from Peter Aires (Head of Regeneration and Major Projects at the Churches Conservation Trust), Lesley Morley (Chaplain to Yorkshire Agricultural Society and former Rural Officer for the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds), Alice Ullathorne(Church Building Support Officer Diocese of Ripon and Leeds), and myself. The other days also look excellent, with some great speakers, including Simon Mattholie of Rural Ministries and Sian Lockwood OBE (Chief Executive of Community Catalysts).

The conference runs for 3 days from Tuesday 6th to Thursday 8th March – more information and booking details here. You can book for single days, or for the whole lot, with or without accommodation; I understand there is still some availability for each of the days.

I can’t wait – I think it could be a game changer.

Keystone Seminar Audio etc

Posted on: 02/11/2011

If you came to the Keystone Church Building Seminar on 6th October you can access audio files of all the sessions, apart from James Blandford-Baker’s keynote session which is available as video. You can also find pdfs of the keynote and supporting information for Giles Arnold’s talk on property ownership issues. You can access the page here.

If you missed the seminar then this is a great means of catching up on some of the content.

Are you going to the Christian Resources Exhibition?

Posted on: 03/05/2011
Christian Resources Exhibition Logo

The CRE gathers together an amazing range of Christian organisations, from charities to literature, from furniture to clothing – the list is endless. The exhibition is a great opportunity to reflect on church life and faith, to be stimulated with new ideas, and to meet others.

We are delighted to say that we are taking part in this year’s Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park Racecourse near Esher, which runs from Tuesday 10th to Friday 13th May.

Having exhibited successfully at CRE Peterborough in February we see this as a great place to explore the themes we are championing through this site. Our stand is P64 in the Pavillion – see our ad on the inside back cover of the exhibition handbook. Lots more information on the exhibition is available at www.creonline.co.uk; click on ‘What’s On at Sandown 2011’.

I would recommend you attend CRE if you are responsible for any aspect of the life of your church, from leading it to making the coffee…

We look forward to seeing you there!