Closed and Closing Churches
For any number of reasons it is sometimes necessary for a church building to close as a place of worship. The Mission and Pastoral Measure 2011 (https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukcm/2011/3/contents ) is also the mechanism for dealing with such closures.
No decision on closure is taken lightly and will involve consultation with those most involved and with the wider community. A Pastoral Scheme from the Church Commissioners is required for a church building to close for public worship. Reaching this stage will take some considerable length of time. Finding a new use for the building post-closure is also a lengthy process which is largely handled by the Church Commissioners.
More information on processes and procedures may be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/parish-reorganisation-and-closed-church-buildings/closed-churches For those looking to purchase a closed church building, the Church Commissioners advertise those that are currently available at https://www.churchofengland.org/resources/parish-reorganisation-and-church-property/closed-churches/closed-church-buildings
For any matter relating to Pastoral Reorganisation or Closed Churches, please be in touch with Steven or Peter.
Steven Sleight – Pastoral Secretary (email@example.com 01522 504069)
Peter Duff – Assistant Pastoral Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org 01522 504045)