Adapting your Building

Our church buildings are a very visible witness of our faith in the community. However, worship styles and the needs of communities have changed since many of our churches were built.

Below are links to documents that will help you consider ways in which they might be adapted to further worship and outreach in your community.


Guidance for completing an Access Audit

For more information on increasing disabled access to your church see the website of the charity Through the Roof.

Audio-visual improvements and new technology

Digital Projectors

Sound systems

Church Seating

DAC guidance on pew removal and new seating in churches

Church Buildings Council guidance on new seating in churches

Heating and Lighting

DAC guidance on quartz heating

The Church Buildings Council have produced guidance on heating churches, including how to get started on such a project, along with details on the renewable energy options for heating churches. To access the guidance please click here.

DAC Guidance on Floodlighting

Listed Buildings

Making changes to a listed church – Guidelines for clergy, churchwardens and PCCs from the Rule Committee of General Synod.

Renewable sources of energy

Renewable energy


A practical guide to reordering your church

Guidance on carpets in churches

WC’s and Kitchens

Guidance on installing WCs and kitchens

If you would like to see examples of completed projects, of varying scale and type, please go to the Case Studies page by clicking here.

For lots more useful information visit the “Churches” section on the Church of England’s ChurchCare website