Churches a ‘vital and much-loved’ part of history and heritage – Michael Palin

Monday November 8th 2021

Michael Palin.

The National Churches Trust is this week launching a national debate looking at ‘The Future of the UK’s Church Buildings.’

The Trust says that with an increasing number of churches and chapels facing closure, the debate highlights the community, economic, heritage and spiritual benefits of churches.

This is a chance for churches from all denominations to say how local churches can be saved for future generations.  

‘The Future of the UK’s Church Buildings’ debate is backed by Michael Palin, Vice President of the National Churches Trust.

“The UK has over 39,000 church buildings. The restrictions of Covid-19, resulting in reduced funding and fewer worshippers, has clouded the future for many of them,” Mr Palin said. “Yet churches remain a vital and much-loved part of the UK’s history and heritage and we can’t let them fall into neglect and disuse.”

He added: “If you care as much as I do about the future of these much loved buildings, do get involved with the National Churches Trust debate about ‘The Future of Churches’ and help shape their future.”

You can download the report, access the consultation, watch the video from Michael Palin, and take part in the consultation HERE.

Northern Ireland has a wide and varied range of church buildings. Iain Greenway, Director of Historic Environment Division at the Department for Communities, shares his view on the future of churches at this LINK.  

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