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open up your church?
A locked door is a universal symbol of exclusion
An open church expresses God’s welcome, His presence, His
creativity, His justice, His healing and His forgiveness
friends and strangers to enter your building freely is a simple but always
effective act of hospitality. It can become an integral part of your mission/vision
open, church buildings provide a sacred space where, even if there isn’t a service on, people can come and encounter God. Whether in a busy, noisy urban area
or remote rural village they are places for private prayer and quiet reflection. In a world where loneliness and
alienation are keenly felt, they are there for everyone and there for free.
Lancashire’s churches are treasure houses, an amazing wealth of architecture, history and craftsmanship, built and
maintained by the people for the people. They deserve to be seen. Just a few
minutes grabbed during a busy day in a beautiful, calm interior can provide inspiration and
succour that last far longer.
Lancashire are home to many faith groups yet, while often curious about what
goes on inside its
buildings, people from outside the Church of England may be reticent about
stepping inside. By extending a welcome to those of all faiths and none,
churches have a unique opportunity to foster social cohesion.
Please follow this link to access an Open Churches toolkit