Getting ready for Open Churches Week 2017
We're working on the 2014 booklet right now, and would like to ensure your church is included if it is open on weekdays throughout the year.
Please complete the online form here by Monday 28 October 2013 to tell us that you would like your church included in the 2014 booklet.
You can also download the form as a Word document by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page.
We want to include a brief description of your church and a photo
The Open Churches Booklet has followed a very successful format over a number of years. It has now reached its optimum size, and accordingly we are taking this opportunity to review the format, and to try and widen the appeal of the book by making it more informative.
To this end we are asking you if you could write a brief description of your church. This can include interesting architectural features such as medieval double hammerbeam roof with angels, a seven sacrament font, stained glass, a medieval decorated rood screen, or numerous other features. It could be details of someone who has important association with your church or community. It could be highlighting the role your church has had in an important or significant national or local event. Or it could be just as a holy place, a place for quite prayer and reflection. We are also asking you to send one or two photographs of your church that can be used in the publication.
Open Churches Week in 2014 will have separate publicity
The Open Churches project has evolved from just Open Churches Week to a yearly event with many churches now open to visitors all year.
This year we are separating the two events and for the first time there will be a separate promotional leaflet for the Week. This will allow churches that cannot normally be open during the year for whatever reasons the opportunity to open to the public during that week. It is also an opportunity for churches, which now have to open for forty days outside of their regular hours of worship (a condition of a Heritage Lottery Grant) to advertise they are open.
In 2014 Open Churches Week coincides with national commemorations marking the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War on the 4th August 1914. To this end the Diocese has recently formed a Tourism Mission Action Team who will take the lead on events over the four year period to ensure that churches in this diocese can be linked to national events and organisations, and also so that local stories and events are shared and commemorated.
The Government has launched a website at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/first-world-war-centenary. This gives details of national and local events, and also funding available for such things as research, community projects and repairs to First World War Memorials.
If you have any queries please contact Caroline Rawlings on 01603 882351 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please return the completed form(s) online or by post to Caroline by the 13th October 2013.