Church Buildings are sacred and holy spaces, which should be open and accessible to people from all walks of life; they are spaces where people expect to experience the Christian faith and to have an encounter with God. Many parishes are looking for ways of increasing the use of their church buildings, to respond to changing times and in response to new forms of mission. Every church and parish is unique, and if you have aspirations to better use your church building for mission in your community, the chances are there are already resources out there to help you but finding them isn’t easy – and nor is knowing where to start. The Mission and Mortar toolkit will point you in the right direction.
The Hereford Diocese Mission and Mortar Online Resource Toolkit was created thanks to as a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. The toolkit will help communities identify new and existing resources to look after the 405 fascinating and historic church buildings across the diocese of Hereford, which covers Herefordshire, south Shropshire and parts of Worcestershire, Monmouthshire and Powys. The toolkit will enable these historic buildings to continue acting as a focal point for worshippers, while also serving the wider community.