It is the responsibility of each parish to care for its buildings. There are a range of forms, flowcharts, checklists and guides to help you manage your parish property.
Please note all contracts with regards to property, including leases of parish property, must be signed by Diocesan Trustees. Parishes and Churchwardens do not have any legal standing to sign any contracts.
To be completed for the proposed additions to, alteration or removal of fittings, furniture of ornaments of any church or parochial building. The form must be affixed to the church door or displayed in a prominent position for a continuous period of 14 days. A copy must also be sent to the Registry.
In accordance with the Parish Administration Act (2010), this annual church property report is to be completed and signed off on by the Churchwardens; forwarded to the Registrar by 31 October each year; and presented at the Annual Parish Meeting.
This flowchart outlines the process for the diocese to sell any church property or buildings, including the permissions required what is to happen to items in the building and how the sale process is managed. See also the pastoral flowchart for management of pastoral issues associated with the closure of church property.
This flowchart outlines factors that should be considered when selling a church or church property, including how it will impact the mission of the parish, the community interest and pastoral care to members affected.