There are a couple of Buildings for Mission’ training days taking place in Oxfordshire and West Yorkshire in May.

Best described as a day of vision and practical training for clergy, lay leaders, DAC members, churchwardens, church architects, conservation officers, these days are organised by the Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, (University of York), and English Heritage and the relevant diocese. For the first time they are being hosted by two leading theological colleges.

The first takes place on 22nd May at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire and the second on the 27 th May is at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire.

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Each day only costs £10 and topics covered include:

  • Buildings for mission & ministry - making the connections Why buildings matter.
  • Understanding your building and reading its story
  • Knowing what you’ve got and why.
  • Seeing your building’s potential
  • Vision and sustainability, creative uses, practical re-ordering, creating and using spaces for worship.
  • Tools for action
  • What are Statements of Significance and Need and why do we need them? Practical guidance on how to write them and make them work for you.
  • Learning from experience Real-life case studies with warts-and-all examples of creative community use and reordering for worship.
  • Telling the story of faith
  • Interpreting your building's purpose, as well as its history, for your community, schools and visitors.
  • Who can help you? Where can you get guidance and support?

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And a good follow on day to the above is:

‘Managing Major Buildings Projects’ training day, Sheffield, 25 June

Managing Major Building Projects in Places of Worship is an opportunity for anyone thinking about or starting to plan a major building project for their place of worship. It is the 5th such training day organised by the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance in partnership and with financial support from PurcellUK. The day deals with the management of all stages of a building project in a place of worship, from start up through to making sure benefits are achieved over the long term. Presentations will include 'developing your vision', 'engaging with the wider community', 'fund-raising', 'working with your architect and managing works once on site'. There will also be a session from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as lunchtime surgeries where individual cases can be discussed. Anyone involved in such an undertaking, of whatever size, will find it invaluable.

The Sheffield training day will take place at St Mary’s, Bramall Lane. You can find out more and book your place here.

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