A new Church of Scotland publication is urging its congregations to make more creative multi-purpose use of their buildings, instead of only using them for services once or twice a week.
'Letting it happen!', a guide compiled by the Kirk’s General Trustees, details how members can take better care and make better use of their church buildings.
Thousands of church buildings across Britain are used for wider community purposes as well as for worship services and church activities, but many have a long way to go towards full adaptivity.
Tim Parker, the General Trustees Deputy Secretary, commented: “We need to make our churches multi-purpose so they can be widely used by the community and not just for an hour on a Sunday morning."
He added: “As well as becoming a more valuable asset to the local area, congregations could foster links with people who would not normally come to services.”
The document also contains handy advice on security, health and safety, fabric matters and financial assistance for repairs.
It is being launched today (1 October 2009) at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital.
Speakers at the launch include General Trustees vice-chair, the Rev Dr James Jack, minister at Duddingston Kirk, General Trustee the Rev Russell McLarty and interim minister at St Andrew’s and St George’s, and the Rev Dr Martin Johnstone from the Church’s Priority Areas network.
The full guide will be available for download on the Church of Scotland website (http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/), with hard copies being distributed to every congregation.
The Church of Scotland, in the Presbyterian tradition, is the country's largest Christian denomination.