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Church Buildings

Taking on responsibility for the upkeep of your church may seem like a daunting prospect, but here you will find a good deal of help and some useful resources.

Caring for your church and churchyard

Our church buildings are the visible, tangible sign of a Christian presence in every community. Their upkeep can indeed be challenging, but they are also an open door, a place of refuge, a house of prayer, a worship space, the place from which we go out to serve our neighbours, and the place to which we invite them to join us in Living Christ’s Story.

About the DAC

The DAC (Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches) advises the Archbishop, the Chancellor, the Archdeacons, PCCs and petitioners on applications for permission to carry out works to church buildings and churchyards.

The Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 requires each Diocese to have a scheme for the inspection, by suitably qualified and experienced professional advisers, of all the churches in the diocese. 

If you are planning to carry out maintenance, repairs, alterations or improvements to your church building, its contents or its churchyard you may need approval from your Archdeacon or full faculty authorisation from the Chancellor.