Released to grow
Church Buildings are often the first place people associate with a parish. They are seen by many as places for prayer, reflection, and peace.
Many people associate church buildings with personal and collective memories and past events and also come together in church buildings for communal services of celebration and remembrance.
Throughout history, churches have played an important role in supporting local communities in times of need, and church buildings can provide a safe space for people to be in.
Some people also welcome the opportunity to visit church buildings to appreciate the wonderful architecture and to learn about the history and stories associated with the building.
All of these associations with church buildings are valid and should be valued. How you use and present your church building reflects you, your openness to others, your mission, and your readiness to engage and welcome people from the local community and beyond. First impressions often determine whether or not people will feel they can explore a deeper relationship with you and ultimately, with God.
As a team, we recognise that looking after a church building can be a huge undertaking. We also recognise that they provide opportunities and space where ministry and mission can grow and flourish, and where your local community can connect and gather. As part of the Diocese’s Transformation Strategy, helping parishes to be released from the complexities of managing church buildings is a main part of the Church Buildings Team vision.
The Diocese is blessed with 210 churches. We are here to support, advise, and guide parishes on all matters relating to the care, maintenance, repair, development, engagement, use, and future of each one of these church buildings.
Rapid Fabric Assessment
The Diocese of Sheffield, in partnership with Cheribim (a small local company working to create digital tools to help churches manage their buildings) have recently received funding from Innovate UK to explore new ways of assessing the thermal performance of historic church buildings.
Churchwarden & Treasurer Resources
We are committed to supporting the important roles of Churchwarden and Treasurer in our churches.