The Diocese of Lincoln is blessed with some of the most important and impressive church buildings anywhere in the country. They are the most visible and often the most physically impressive expression of our Christian heritage and the faith that they represent. They are principally living centres of mission and worship. Parishes work hard in trying to maintain their buildings and it is the job of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) to help them in this important task.


Coronavirus outbreak 2020

A document from the national Church of England on securing and caring for church buildings during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here. This is aimed at incumbents, churchwardens and PCC members. 

Other documents from the national church that may be useful include:

Guidance for churches and cathedrals on access to their buildings for construction work during lockdown 

Guidance for PCCs, incumbents and cathedral Chapters: opening church buildings for works to the building and interior


Faculty Jurisdiction

The Church of England is exempt from parts of the secular planning process with regard to Listed Building Consent because the Faculty Jurisdiction takes its place. A parish may need a faculty for significant repair work, for reordering or for extending a building. Faculties also give formal permission for the purchase or disposal of items: this formal permission is necessary to ensure that any new items are in keeping, and protects any items which are of particular value or significance from being disposed of inappropriately. The DAC advises the Chancellor of the Diocese on the merits of each faculty application to help him decide whether it should be granted. The DAC can also offer advice about finding an approved architect to undertake quinquennial inspections.


Applying for a faculty

Most applications have to be made through the Online Faculty System.  Many minor works will need no permission (List A) or will simply require the authorisation of the Archdeacon (List B).   You can check which is the most appropriate by looking through the Lists (link to legislation.gov.uk). If the works you proposed to undertake don’t appear in the Lists then it will require a full faculty.

A short step-by-step guide to applying for a faculty can be found here.

Depending upon the work you wish to undertake, you may have to consult the Church Buildings Council or one of the National Amenity Societies.   The DAC will guide you if this is necessary.   If you are proposing exterior changes to the building then you may still need to apply for planning permission as well as a faculty; again, the DAC will guide you if this may be the case

If you are contemplating work to your church building, its contents or the churchyard then please do get in contact with the Church Buildings Team as below:

DAC and Pastoral Secretary -  Steven Sleight

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01522 504069

Assistant Pastoral Secretary - Peter Duff

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 01522 504045


Advice

The Church Buildings Council has advice notes on many aspects of church building, furnishings and fittings.   For the full list, click here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/churchcare/advice-and-guidance-church-buildings


Historic churches support

Regular maintenance is key in keeping our historic churches in good repair. For information, advice and support for parishes which are experiencing difficulties working with their church building, funding applications, planning support on conservation projects, and help to understand the history of your building, please contact the Historic Churches Support Officer - Matthew Godfrey at [email protected] or telephone 01522 504048. 

The ChurchCare website includes information on sources of funding – this is available here

The National Churches Trust publishes a list of major grant funders – this is available here.


Church Development

It is becoming increasingly important for a church building to be used for more than just Sunday morning worship. If you would like advice on open and welcoming churches, welcoming visitors, expanding the use of church buildings, and how to initiate, build upon and sustain community-focused activities and events, including arts and heritage projects, and improving intellectual access to the church building through interpretation, then please contact the Church Development Officer.

The department is here to help and serve all those who care for church buildings throughout greater Lincolnshire. The department offers monthly surgery dates for parishes to book an hour to come and talk about any aspect of their work with which they would like help. Surgery dates and booking information will appear here in due course.


Surgeries

Surgeries offer an opportunity to discuss projects and receive advice on any aspect of church repair or development.

Dates for 2020

Thursday, 6th August
Tuesday, 15th September
Thursday, 8th October
Tuesday, 3rd November
Thursday, 10th December


For further information and bookings, please contact Fran Bell.

Information on the Building Capacity in the Rural Parish Church project is available here.


Faculty Application Notices

Faculty notices will appear here.