The National Churches Trust has launched free online church maintenance surgeries via Skype, so it is easier and more accessible for church repairs or funding for future projects to be assessed.
Caring for a church, chapel or meeting house can be a complex task, especially if a building is old or listed. To make it simpler, the NCT has created a new kind of service that can be used anywhere, for free, and with a person to see and speak with directly.
Through this new initiative, the church repair and support charity aims to give direct help and assistance to more places of worship, and to improve and safeguard them for future generations.
The surgeries are hosted by NCTâ€™s national support officer, Sarah Crossland and are not only for repair consultations. The service can also be used to discuss funding for potential projects at churches, to provide information on how and where to apply for it, and to share advice.
Helping 'more effectively and efficiently'
Sarah Crossland said: "Our free Skype online church maintenance surgeries will help places of worship wanting to manage their buildings more effectively and efficiently.
"The NCT's website already offers a wide range of advice on how to care for church buildings. Now through our Skype church maintenance surgeries we will be able to deal with the specific issues churches, chapels and meeting houses have when managing repair projects and also answer their more general maintenance questions.
"We will also be happy to share other ideas with churches including how best to develop tourism initiatives to attract more visitors and ways to get the support of the wider local community by developing a Friends Group.â€
To book a Skype online church maintenance surgery email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7222 0605
In the image: Fr Nicholas Edwards and Revd Anne Dowdeswell from the West Exe Team Ministry, serving the St Thomas and Emmanuel parishes of Exeter, with Sarah Crossland on Skype discussing funding applications for potential projects at the church.