Open Doors – Debunking the Myths

One of the main concerns for P.C.C.s in opening their church for casual visitors is how it might affect their insurance liabilities. 
  
This free event is a chance to meet Kay Short, Church Insurance Consultant for Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, who will provide practical advice, guidance and encouragement for parishes that might be thinking about extending their ministry of welcome to church visitors and tourists. 

All welcome. Please email Sue.Booth@leeds.anglican.org to confirm attendance.    

26th June 2018; 7.30 p.m.  St Paul’s Church, Shadwell, Leeds. LS17 8JF

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Opening your church for visitors - a ministry of welcome

Church buildings are living history that act as a direct link to almost 1500 years of the Christian story in England. Each is as different as the community it was built to serve and each offers a unique opportunity to engage with the past, present and future of a place.

People visit churches for all sorts of reasons, with statistics showing that an open church can expect to receive between 700 and 4000 casual visitors p.a, depending on its location. The 2006 Sacred Britain Report found that places of worship are the 3rd most visited heritage attractions in the UK and that 55% of all UK day trips will include a visit to a church.

More recently, in 2016 the Heritage Lottery Fund conducted a survey into the impact of ‘heritage tourism’ which found that in the Yorkshire and Humber region this sector supports around 29,000 jobs and contributes >£1.6 Bn p.a. to the local economy.

The Diocesan Church Visiting and Tourism Forum (DCVTF) has been established to support and encourage parishes to open their church buildings for visitors. Its remit is both to inform parishes about strategic events and to work with regional partners to develop church-focussed heritage tourism initiatives. The group is chaired by Archdeacon Anne Dawtry; includes representatives from the five Episcopal Areas, Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, National Churches Trust and the Church Visiting and Tourism Association and is supported by Sue Booth, Diocesan Buildings for Mission Officer. Sue.Booth@leeds.anglican.org.

Open Doors - the Insurer’s Perspective.

One of the main concerns for P.C.C.s in opening their church for casual visitors is how it might affect their insurance liabilities.

  This free event is a chance to meet Kay Short, Church Insurance Consultant for Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, who will provide practical advice, guidance and encouragement for parishes that might be thinking about extending their ministry of welcome to church visitors and tourists.

All welcome. Please email Sue.Booth@leeds.anglican.org to confirm attendance.    

26th June 2018; 7.30 p.m.  St Paul’s Church, Shadwell, Leeds. LS17 8JF

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 19:30
Venue: 
St Paul’s Church, Shadwell, Leeds. LS17 8JF
Episcopal Area: 
Leeds
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