Handy HInts for your Church

Handy Hints for your Church

 

Outside the Place of worship:

  • Is it obvious that the church is open? - is there a sign saying the church is open?

  • Is the entrance obvious and accessible?

  • Are there any physical or other barriers to the entrance?

  • Does the Notice Board give the information people want - does it welcome everybody - is it up to date?

 

Inside the Place of worship:

  • Is the place welcoming?

  • Is it well lit? trip switches can make economic sense.

  • Is there a brief (and free!) leaflet for finding a way around?

  • Does the leaflet include a brief message about Christianity?

  • Is all literature clear and welcoming (inc the visually impaired)

  • are there any aggressive Do Not ... notices?

  • Is the literature accessible for everybody?

  • Is there a token (a prayer card/bookmark) for people to take home to recall their visit to your church?

  • Is it clear how a priest can be contacted?

  • In how many languages is there a welcome sign?

  • In how many languages is the literature for visitors?

 

Prayer

Is there a dedicated place for prayer with prayers available as an aid?

Is there a prayer request card system or book? - will it be clear when these

prayers will be offered?

Could each place in the church be interpreted by a short passage about:

  • its function-

  • a very short piece about any architectural worth -e.g. The font is used for Baptism –this font is made of Sutton Stone and is of Norman origin

  • And a prayer e.g. at the font - for new life.

 

Human Interest

Can the various artifacts etc. be used to tell of people the story of the community through the ages as well as any architectural worth?

 

Visitors Book

Very useful for estimating numbers attending the place of worship - a quality

loose leaf binder enables pages to be removed in case Lord Lucan / Elvis /

Mickey Mouse visit or even unwanted language! These days ensure you collect email addresses. Remember that an email address will mean you can contact your visitors at Christmas and Easter etc or to advertise special services and major events that might be invitation to them to come back and visit.

 

 

Music

Any live music will almost always be appreciated - some places of worship use

soft taped music to great effect.

 

Genealogy

Are church records available - in digital format?

Could the inscriptions on the gravestones be transcribed and logged on a plan? Do you have the address and contact details of your county Archive Office

 

Money

Is there a clear encouragement to make a donation - a box near the exit (regularly emptied) with a sign saying Thank You can be very effective?

 

Genealogy

Are church records available - in digital format?

Could the inscriptions on the gravestones be transcribed and logged on a plan? Do you have the address and contact details of your county Archive Office

 

Churchyard

Could any of the grounds be developed ecologically?

Could the various plants, bushes and trees be identified on a plan and displayed?

 

Beyond the Church

Could the place of worship encourage people to visit other attractions, (especially places of worship) nearby and directions of how to get there?

Is the place of worship proactive about encouraging schoolchildren and college

students to see the building and grounds as a place of study across many ,disciplines in the curriculum?

Could there be an information board that helps visitors find:

  • petrol! diesel

  • food

  • accommodation

  • vet

  • doctor

  • Chemist

  • library

  • transport -timetables and stopping places

  • Citizens advice

  • events in other places of worship and other venues

  • could there be a map of the area to help visitors find the above?

 

 

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Anni Holden SCTG 2019