Its development is in response to a growth in church communities wanting to adapt and improve their space so that it can be opened up to other community groups
The toolkit offers step-by-step guidance for parishes beginning to consider making changes to their buildings and who have a vision of opening up their church buildings for wider community use. It sets out a process to ensure that the historic and liturgical requirements of a place of worship are balanced with community use.
The toolkit includes guidance on a wide range of different subjects, from discerning a church’s vision, to consulting with its local community, to raising the money, to achieving a physical project in the church building. Based very much on practical experience in the rural churches of Hereford, this toolkit is now endorsed as national guidance by Churchcare.