The first nationwide survey of the churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK, has been launched today.
The National Churches Trust Survey 2010 includes buildings of every Christian denomination, of all ages and conditions, and aims to understand how they are maintained, repaired, funded and used by their local communities.
The survey hopes to create a national picture of the current status of places of worship.
It will remain online until mid-June.
All churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK are being encouraged to complete the survey which offers guidance, tips and technical support to help participants.
The National Churches Trust, formerly the Historic Churches Preservation Trust, has designed the survey in close co-operation with heritage organisations, Christian denominations and those that look after churches.
The survey offers an opportunity for communities with responsibility for a church building to share their successes but also raise concerns.
Andrew Edwards, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust, said: “A single, national survey will make a considerable difference to our understanding of church buildings across the UK. These buildings are important, not just as places of worship but also as centres of local life. This survey is seeking to capture the contribution they make to our heritage and our communities.”
The National Churches Trust survey can be found online at: http://survey.nationalchurchestrust.org