Last updated 23rd May 2022
Undertaking a large reordering project in a church can be a daunting prospect for PCCs and Clergy, especially if the building is Listed. This page contains some helpful advice and links, to enable a PCC to get started on a project.
Here are some helpful resources which takes a PCC through each step in the process of reordering a church. Reading through these will give PCCs a good understanding of what is needed for such a project.
The PCC may also wish to conduct a feasibility study which could explore several different options for a reordering for the PCC to discuss. Your inspecting architect or a project architect can work alongside PCCs to produce this document. This will cost the PCC money but could be invaluable in helping the PCC to focus on what it really wants from its building. The Parish Vision Fund offers grants to cover feasibility studies.
Book a visit with the Senior Church Buildings Officer
Once the PCC has an idea for a project and done a bit of research to see whether the project is feasible, contact Jen Read, the diocesan Senior Church Buildings Officer who will be happy to visit the church and discuss the project with the clergy, churchwardens and interested members of the PCC. Jen can also visit at an earlier stage to help with thinking through options prior to commissioning a feasibility study. After the visit, Jen will produce a report that sets out the discussion and next steps. This can be taken to the next PCC meeting for further discussion. Jen can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07899 348952.
Gather important documents
To get permission for the changes to the church buildings, certain documents will need to be produced. These could include:
Contact the DAC and arrange a visit
Once all documents have been gathered, it's time to arrange a visit with the DAC and any consultees who may be interested in the proposed changes to your building. Consultees include:
After the visit has taken place, each of the consultees will provide a written report for the PCC with advice. Some of this advice will show support for aspects of the proposals but may also include some elements of caution or outright objection. The content of these reports could mean that the PCC has to rethink some elements of the design or abandon some elements altogether. The Senior Church Buildings Officer will be able to advise further on visits with consultees and how to proceed once advice has been received.
Apply for a faculty
Once the PCC has listened to consultee advice and made any necessary changes to its proposals, a faculty must be applied for. See here for advice on starting a faculty.
Tendering and begining the work
Once faculty permission is recieved, the project architect will help the PCC through the tendering process and the legal side of building regulations. Works should take place under the direction of the project architect who should give regular updates on progress to the PCC
Complete and celebrate
Once works have been completed, it's usual for the PCC to organise a service of either celebration or blessing and invite a senior clergy member such as a bishop or archdeacon to preside. Don't forget to extend your invitation to the DAC. Jen loves visiting churches once the works have been complete!
For further advice on any of the above, please contact Jen Read at email@example.com or 07899 348952.