With the increasing cost of repairing and maintaining our historic churches, many parishes have established a Friends’ Scheme. Such a scheme can enable a wider group of people to share the challenge of ensuring that their parish church building is in a reasonable state to hand over to the next generation.
Many people have a great deal of good will towards their church building, especially in rural areas, and although they may not wish to contribute to the religious aspects of the church they may be willing to support part of their heritage. A Friends’ Scheme is one way in which a parish church can encourage help of this kind from a wider community.
The Church of England’s Parish Resources website has some excellent materials including:
- A comprehensive guide to setting up a Friends Scheme
- Top tips from other parishes
- Sample constitution for an independent Friends Scheme (separate from the PCC).
We can also:
- Put you in touch with other parishes across the diocese who have set up successful Friends Schemes.
- Provide you with a pack of original resources and materials produced by a wide range of parishes.
- Offer training and support.