Building Understanding

Author: The Revd Canon Susanna Gunner



Inviting visitors to engage with our faith through church furnishings and festivals.

We are very grateful to the Revd Susanna Gunner for all the work involved in this project.

The pack holds a set of explanatory notices designed to help weekday visitors see your church not merely as an interesting historical building but as the home of a worshipping community of Christians.

The intention is that, as visitors read them, they feel as if members of your church community are showing them around, helping them to understand why the contents of the building hold such deep meaning and also to imagine them in use during worship.

Brief explanations are offered about significant pieces of furniture, other features of church buildings, and certain times and seasons in the Christian year. And, if you’d like to, it’s possible to replace the generic photos in the pack with photos of your own church building(s) and those who worship there, – templates for each of the notices are downloadable below.

Download the full set as a PDF

Download QR codes for individual pages

Download the Word document templates:

We hope parishes across this diocese will find this a useful tool for welcome and outreach.

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