April 20, 2010

Nationwide survey of churches launched


by Benjamin Graham

The first ever nationwide survey of churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK launched this week.

The National Churches Trust (NCT) Survey 2010 aims to create an overall picture of the current status of places of worship across Britain.

Buildings from all Christian denominations, of all ages and conditions, are included in the survey.

The survey, designed by the NCT in co-operation with heritage organisations, Christian denominations, and those who look after churches, asks how the buildings are maintained, repaired, and funded, and how they are used by local communities.

All churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK are being asked to complete the survey, which is available online until mid-June.

Andrew Edwards, NCT chief executive, said the survey “will make a considerable difference to our understanding of church buildings across the UK.”

He added: “These buildings are important, not just as places of worship but also as centres of local life.

“This survey is seeking to capture the contribution they make to our heritage and our communities.”

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