What we do Our buildings Church buildings 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 also 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. The dates for the DAC meetings during 2019 are as follows: Tuesday, 23rd July Tuesday, 3rd September Tuesday, 8th October Tuesday, 10th December Repair, Rebuild, Rediscover In April 2018 the Church Buildings Team hosted a fully-booked conference at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. The conference offered an opportunity for people from around the diocese to meet together, hear from a range of speakers and take part in a series of workshops. More information, including files containing presentations offered at this event, may be found here. 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.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.For the online faculty system, please click here. For the Church of England Portal System, please click here. 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. Dates for surgeries during 2019 are as follows: Tuesday, 14th May Tuesday, 11th June Thursday, 11th July Tuesday, 13th August Thursday, 12th September Tuesday, 15th October Thursday, 14th November Thursday, 12th DecemberThe surgeries offer an opportunity to discuss projects and receive advice. For further information and bookings, please contact Fran Bell. 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. Faculty Application Notices Faculty notices will appear here.