Church buildings

In this section you will find information, advice, support and resources for maintaining and/or making changes to your church buildings and churchyards.

The Diocese of Durham has over 260 churches, chapels and buildings licensed for public worship, from ancient Saxon and Norman churches, to Victorian church buildings, and those of modern construction.

Whether your church building is listed grade I, II*, II, or is not listed at all, and whether serving a rural or urban parish, each of our church buildings and their settings provide a unique and sacred space for worship and furthering the mission and ministry of the Diocese. 

There’s much to consider in order to keep your church buildings in good repair and to ensure that any proposed changes are planned sensitively, so that they are preserved or adapted appropriately to continue to meet the needs of the parish and the local community. 

Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) hold legal responsibility for the care, repair and management of their church buildings. Caring for our church buildings can sometimes feel a weight of responsibility, but it is also a huge privilege, since the work we undertake today will help ensure they remain open and welcome for future generations to come. 

In this section you will find information, advice, support and resources for maintaining and/or making changes to your church buildings and churchyards. Click below to link to other pages in this section.

Training sessions to support Churchwardens and those who are involved in the care and maintenance will be run at various points during the year.  Look out for details of training sessions in the regular diocesan communications.

The Diocese is not able to recommend contractors for work on your buildings however a database of contractors used by other churches is held by the Buildings for Mission Secretary and can be shared when required.

A small number of our church buildings are closed and no longer open for worship.  If you require any information relating to a closed church please contact Dan Spraggon, Church Buildings Support Officer. .

Training Opportunities

Throughout the year we will arrange a number of training sessions to help you manage your Church Buildings.  Below are the sessions that we currently have planned:

  • Faculty Workshops – please see flyer for further details and visit Eventbrite to book your place.

  • Grant Writing Workshop - TBC

Churchwardens Forum

The role of Churchwarden can be quite challenging  and if you are not fortunate to be able to work alongside another experienced churchwarden, then you may feel quite isolated and unsure of what needs to be done in different situations.  Fortunately, across the diocese we have a lot of churchwardens who have done the role for a long time and have built up lots of experience.

We now have a Churchwardens Forum using Google Groups to allow you to ask questions and share information with other Churchwardens.  If you would like to sign up and you can do so by clicking on the following link.

DDChurchwardenForum - Google Groups

When you click on the link the first time it should give you the option to request to join the group.  In the reason box please add the name of your church so that your membership can be authorised.

If you have problems joining this way then just email with your details. 

Each time someone posts a question or shares some information you will get an email to which you can simply reply if you are able to help.

Churchwarden Newsletters

Useful links

Whether you’re new to the care and management of church buildings or simply in need of resources and advice, the following pages will be coming to this section soon. The clickable headings are already available:-

Other Useful Links


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