The REACH Ely project has produced the first batch of case studies.

Posted on Monday 29 July 2019
Colourfully illustrated case studies cover urban (Newnham in Cambridge) and rural parishes (Foxton, Linton, Bartlow, and the Abingtons) of the Diocese of Ely, each offering themselves for the study. Case materials have been written based on research observations, desk-based research of community level data, and personal in-depth interviews with the clergy, parish churchwardens, and members of parochial church councils.

In partnership with the Judge Business School, the key focus of the case study exercise is the capacity of churches in reaching out towards their diverse communities. Church buildings of the Church of England, while respecting their age, location and historic significance, are essentially community assets. In the Church of England, buildings are owned by the Church and managed for community benefit by local groups of volunteers. Although church buildings are primarily used for religious services, for the benefit of the community it is essential that churches become real tools for mission, provide complementary uses of the building, and welcome the wider community on any day of the week rather than being exclusive sites for Sunday worship.

You can read the full news item written by Dr Timur Alexandrov, Research Associate, Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School.

To find out more information, contact details and case-studies click on the REACH Ely (Reimagining Churches as Community Assets for the Common Good) main website link below. 


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