Why Church Renovations Are Worth the Investment

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It isn’t uncommon for churches, especially those in small communities, to eventually become outdated and in need of some renovation. The problem is, of course, that most churches are run on very limited funds and a little money will only go so far. Another issue is simply finding the right time to undertake such a project. Most ministers would rather skip the entire process and jump straight to the end results, if it were possible.

Interestingly enough, however, the opposite scenario may in fact turn out to be the best. For many local communities who have successful updated their churches, the actual process turned out to be the best part. A project like this can actually be a very positive way to engage with a wider section of the local community and build up more interest in the church, and most of this will be done during the planning process.

Firstly, it will take some money to pull off a successful church renovation even if you get plenty of volunteers to lend a hand when it comes to manual labour. Buying new church chairs, furniture, carpets and paying for maintenance may be essential. The best way to raise this money may be through local fundraising activities like fetes, car boots, afternoon teas or bake sales which get everyone involved and pulling together in order to improve something that benefits everyone. This is a great rewarding feeling for all concerned, and the money raised will of course go towards those essential aspects of fixing up the church.

There are also things you can implement in the actual design of the church itself to encourage that community spirit even more. For example, choosing flexible church chairs or folding chairs that can be arranged differently if required instead of traditional straight wooden pews has been cited by numerous ministers as a great way of creating a more comfortable and relaxed feeling among parishioners. People are then able to sit in such a way that they are able to see each other and share the experience of being in church more easily, plus it means the space can be more freely used for different kinds of activities and services.

This is just one example, but the decoration and furniture you use in your church will all have an impact on the way it’s perceived and used, which can make a big difference overall. Welcoming suggestions and ideas from anyone willing to contribute is the best way to make sure all the best ideas are heard and factored in. This will ensure your church renovation project moves quickly in the right direction and helps the whole community feel a stronger sense of belonging as a result.…

Encourage Donations and Raise Church Funds

One of the major hurdles for anyone involved with the management and maintenance of a local church is money. We can’t escape the need to spend if we want to keep things running as they should, but budgets are often stretched thinly within the church, especially in areas where support and interest is harder to come by than it used to be. However, a proactive approach and some creative thinking can unearth new and exciting ways of raising funds for the all-important upkeep of your church. Here are some ideas to consider.

Don’t ignore online marketing

To start this list, we must advise anyone tasked with modernising a church to consider the benefits of spreading the word online. The Internet is a great opportunity in so many respects, but still ignored by many in such a position. For example, websites that encourage users to swap unwanted items or gifts and trade services for goods are one of the latest trends, following in the footsteps of auction and giveaway sites before them. You could use these bartering websites (which don’t require the exchange of actual cash) to trade in outdated supplies and furnishings from your church, and even offer the time and services of local parishioners who are willing to volunteer their time in exchange for resources the church needs. This is just one example of using online resources creatively.…

Church Leaders Discuss the Impact of Brexit Vote

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Now that the dust has finally begun to settle following the political and economic fallout of the EU referendum outcome, many people across the continent and further afield may be contemplating the possible impact of Brexit on the future of the Church. As time goes on, we think it is important to understand these potential implications, keep a close eye on developing situations, and continue to keep all of the Europe in our prayers.

At first, the instinct of many Christians may be reflected in the words of Cardinal Vincent Nichols: “We pray that in this process, the most vulnerable will be supported and protected”. He said this in the hours that followed the announcement that British voters had favoured the option to leave rather than to remain a member of the European Union. He went on to describe the need for all countries to welcome those less fortunate than themselves and offer what we can.

Whatever the reasons individuals may have had for voting the way they did, these are important words to remember. Even since these words were spoken just weeks ago, a shocking number of violent public attacks across Europe have claimed dozens of lives, and many of these incidents have been linked either directly or indirectly to increasing hostility and fear among citizens across the continent. Ideas of independence, national pride and indeed faith itself have all been the subject of much debate this year, and we can expect this to continue through this period of global political turmoil.…