Last updated 16th June 2017
Many churches offer their premises for hire to outside groups and organisations.
Concerts, keep-fit classes, youth clubs, business meetings - even kick-boxing classes and skateboarder drop-in centres are some of the examples of how churches and church halls are being used today. In addition to helping the church to reach out into the local community, this can generate a useful source of income.
Ecclesiastical Insurance provide useful guidance for parishes who are considering hiring out their premises.
Some factors to consider when setting the rental cost (per hour/week etc):
Sustainability in a broader sense also embraces the idea of how church buildings can be used in a variety of ways in order to sustain their existence.
Hereford Diocese have produced a really helpful toolkit called 'crossing the threshold' available for any churches wanting to explore wider community use for their buildings.
There are some excellent examples of good practice in this respect across the Diocese, such as Afternoon Tea in at Yealand Conyers St. John (below)
and the community gym at Warton St. Oswald parish Hall (below).
For advice about potential use of church buildings for community use, please contact the Diocesan Advisory Committee Secretary Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel 01254 503070