Launch of Updated Crossing The Threshold Toolkit
New, fully-updated Crossing the Threshold Toolkit being launched 3rd November 2017 - Birmingham
This event has been organised to launch the revised and updated edition of the Crossing the Threshold Toolkit and to provide information about resources that are available to support churches in their use of buildings. The Toolkit was first produced in 2005 by the Diocese of Hereford in response to demand from parishes who wanted to open up their buildings for use by their local communities. The toolkit was rewritten and updated in 2013 with funding from Historic England to reflect the experience and feedback from church building projects. The need for guidance is even greater now, as the last few years have seen the movement to open up church buildings for wider community use while remaining living places of worship, gain momentum and become even more important. So thanks to a grant from Allchurches Trust to Historic Religious Buildings Alliance (HRBA), the much valued 2013 edition has been further updated and expanded.
The new publication, 'Crossing the Threshold: a step by step guide to developing your place of worship for wider community use and managing successful building projects', offers step-by-step guidance for parishes beginning to consider making changes to their buildings and who have a vision of opening up their church buildings for wider community use. The toolkit sets out a process to ensure that the historic and liturgical requirements of a place of worship are balanced with community use.
The new edition takes into account the changing funding, community, local government and voluntary sector landscapes as well as providing guidance on new governance models that have been developed over the last four years. The Toolkit provides links to up to date resources to ensure new facilities are as environmentally friendly and energy efficient as possible. New case studies have been included.
The event is aimed at everyone who wants to find out about the latest resources that can help support and enable the opening up of places of worship for the service and use of their local communities. The day will showcase this resource as well as offering presentations from funders and the community development sector. Three case studies from the West Midlands will be included in the day to provide 'real-life' examples of what can be achieved as well as the challenges and lessons learnt.