Major Dorchester event looks at the future for churches


Former Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry and Bernard Taylor, Chair of the 2017 Review of the Sustainability of English Churches and Cathedrals, will be among the speakers at an OHCT event looking taking place in Dorchester in September.

Churches for Mission and the Community is being held at Dorchester Abbey (pictured) on Saturday, 28th September (10am-3.30pm) and will look at how people from all denominations can make their churches and places of worship a suitable resource for the future.

Tickets include lunch and are £10. They are available here.

Sir Tony Baldry, the former MP for Banbury, will talk about the importance of friends of churches groups, while Bernard Taylor will take part in a panel discussion.

Also speaking will be Dr David Knight (Senior Church Buildings Officer at the Church of England) and Nigel Mills (National Churches Trust Church Support Officer).

There will be a number of workshops in which leaders with experience in each area will support discussion and foster an exchange of ideas. Participants will be asked to select two topics from:

  • Setting up friends organisations
  • Practical help from your community
  • Major projects in small churches: what they can achieve – experiences of two churchwardens
  • Project planning: key tasks and the order to do them in
  • Quinquennial inspections: a users’ guide
  • Fundraising
  • Make your church a place of pilgrimage for schools
  • Moving on in faith: using your building to support the church’s mission.