Towards a sustainable future

Author: Elizabeth Humphries

Published on: 24 May 2022

PCC members are asked to look out for a new survey due to arrive soon from the Church Buildings Commission team. The survey will only be available to complete online, so if you haveany difficulty with this, please ask someone in your church or your benefice to help you.

By filling in the survey, you are helping to inform the work of the Church Buildings Commission. It should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

The Church Buildings Commission is an independent body, set up at the instigation of the Diocese of Norwich. It launched at the beginning of 2022 with the purpose of providing analysis on the current situation regarding the use and sustainability of church buildings across Norfolk and Waveney.

The Diocese of Norwich has more medieval churches than almost any other Diocese. 95 per cent are listed and 50 are located in populations with fewer than 50 people.

The Church Buildings Commission team is led by Laura McGillivray (MBE), an independent chair and formerly Chief Executive of Norwich City Council. It is also made up of a variety of stakeholders who guide the work, including support from the Diocese, members of the clergy and heritage experts. You can see the full list of members and the terms of reference on the website here:

The Bishop of Norwich, The Right Revd Graham Usher, said this about the Commission;

“The Diocese of Norwich has an amazing selection of parish churches, each a treasure trove of memories for their local community, often architectural and aesthetic gems, and places of prayerful waiting. Whilst many churches are thriving, others need to adapt to support the mission of today’s Church, and some don’t have the people or the financial resources to help maintain them. This means that there may be some tough decisions for this and future generations to make, as well as creative possibilities that we need to trial.

“I hope that the Commission will seek innovative solutions and build a consensus about a future.”

You can also email the team here:

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Elizabeth Humphries

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