Our church buildings are loved and enjoyed for many reasons. However, caring for them can be expensive and time consuming. A friends group can encourage the wider community to help care for your church building.
A friends group is a group of people who want to support, care for and promote your church building. Friends need not be worshippers at the church or even resident within the community, but they are attracted to ensuring that your church building remains at the centre of the community.
There are many different ways a friends group can work for your church, from passive donors to separate trusts responsible for managing the building. If you are thinking of setting up a friends group please contact me on 07979 606 131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The ChurchCare website has information on the types of trusts here.
Parish Resources have a downloadable guidance on how to set up a Friends group.