Sustainability Planning

Rural Churches for Everyone (RCfE) will work with 35 rural churches across four Clusters, each with six PCCs.

The project will support clergy, PCCs and volunteers to work together in their Clusters to research, assess and decide how to manage their church building assets and responsibilities. Together they can best meet their mission and ministry needs in the future. Three of the four clusters will work closely with their protected landscape partner (Northumberland National Park, Northumberland Coast AONB, and North Pennines AONB), and the fourth will be independent.

Cluster Sustainability Planning

Initially, a series of four Email Resources Packages have been released across February and March 2022. The resources introduce the key ideas underpinning the Sustainability Planning process. The four packages are based on the following themes:

  1. People: Growing our 'House of Good'- reconnecting our churches and our communities
  2. Places: Buildings fit for purpose - accessibility, welcome, and Net Zero Carbon
  3. Paying: Affording our future - finances, fundraising and feasibility
  4. Plan: Vision, Sustainability Plans and pilot projects - taking steps together

The Project Consultant will then work closely with each Cluster to create a Strategic Plan. This process will take place over the summer, alongside a number of workshops and training sessions designed to address the specific needs of the churches and Clusters involved in the project.

The project will culminate in a conference to celebrate the progress made and share key learning from the project.

For more information please contact RCfE Project Manager Philippa Carter at, or on 07884 347584

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