Church Buildings Conference 2018 – Real Buildings: Real Life

18th September 2018

18 September 10.00 – 4:30

Registration from 09.30

Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield S1 1HA

Attendance - £20

Refreshments and lunch included

National speakers

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Open to anyone interested in the organisation, care and future of their parish church, this one-day conference explores new ideas and opportunities that are transforming church buildings into viable and sustainable places of hope, sociability and life-changing experience.

About the conferenceChurch buildings hold and echo the prayers and joys, hopes and sorrows of generations, wearing a thin place between heaven and earth where we can reflect, mourn, plead, contemplate and gain strength. They rightly help fulfil the first commandment of Jesus’ to love and worship God but are less successful in fulfilling his second commandment, to love our neighbours as ourselves.  In a complex, increasingly virtual and isolating world, church buildings have the opportunity to become vital centres of social capital, providing a physical base where people can meet and be supported, practically, emotionally and spiritually.

The recent ‘Taylor Sustainability Review of Church Buildings’ stresses the future viability of church buildings demands their greater use, relevance, understanding and management.  The Review sets out how greater community use can ensure the future sustainability and condition of our wonderful and unique buildings.

Whatever your parish’s circumstances, Real Buildings: Real Life promises to be an enjoyable and informative event. It will help you discover the variety of new activities a church can sustain whilst remaining open for active worship. Leading speakers will discuss festival church models, insurance for open churches, getting the community involved, additional uses for church buildings, new structures in listed buildings, harnessing heritage and tourism and more.

Speakers and presentations to include: 

  • Wendy Coombey MBE: author of Crossing the Threshold
  • Sarah Crossland: National Churches Trust
  • Dr Joe Elders: Church Buildings Council
  • Fred Hamer: RRA Architects
  • Kay Short: Ecclesiastical Insurance

The event costs just £20 including tea, coffee and lunch.

Spaces are limited with registration on a strictly first come first served basis.

Booking is online and available here. The closing date for registration and payment is 11th September. Please pay wherever possible by bank transfer using the reference BUILD21/07

For enquiries regarding the event location, registration, payment and further information please contact the DAC Administration Officer, Julia Alder on  or telephone 01709 309133

Payment Details 

Bank Transfer:
Account name: Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance
Sort Code: 05-04-38
Account Number: 54947905
Please quote reference: BUILD21/07

By cheque:Please make your cheque payable to: Sheffield Diocesan Board of Finance BUILD21/07 and post with details of your name & parish / organisation to: Julia Alder, Church House, 95-99 Effingham Street, Rotherham S65 1BL

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