Moving Churches: Making the Transition
There comes a time when a church is simply too dilapidated to save.
Churches are amongst some of the oldest buildings in the UK.
In their long lifetimes they are often well loved and well used, unfortunately this often means that a building can slide into complete dilapidation – rendering it completely useless to anyone.
In these sad cases churches are either left to slowly decay or are demolished – this is never a happy scenario, especially for the church’s congregation. Church buildings can be incredibly expensive things to maintain, because of this a church committee might have enough money to continue their community activities and pay the bills, but they won’t have anywhere near enough to physically maintain the building.
When a religious community is turfed out of it’s home a couple of things can happen. In the worst case scenario there are simply not enough funds to continue the organisation and the whole church is dissolved. This can prove to be a real blow for the community, as local church groups often provide a great deal more than just faith-based services. Vulnerable or lonely people in the community often rely on their local church as a safe space to socialise – so the loss of this constant place in their life can be devastating.
Thankfully, this is rarely the case for most churches.
In the majority of situations, closing churches find a way of either moving locations completely or joining with a neighbouring church group. In these situations a concise logistical plan should be drawn up in order to best find a way of organising, consolidating and moving the myriad items that the church has collected over the decades.
A church community can collect a massive variety of objects during it’s tenure. As churches are often a hub for the community, the sheer wealth of objects that a single church can collect over time can often be overwhelming, especially when it comes to organising it for removal. Over the years, donations of books, clothes, toys, as well as kitchen appliances, utensils and crockery might well end up exceeding the amount that the church even needs. In some of the worst cases, a church that is about to make an imminent move will resemble the home of an obsessive hoarder.
Luckily, the benefit of these belongings coming under the jurisdiction of a group of people means that the responsibility can be divided amongst many individuals, rather than just one. Combining the efforts of several people, a systematic approach can be taken to deciding what property should be moved on to the church’s next location and what should be either tipped, recycled or donated. At these times you can almost guarantee that the charitable status of the church will help draw in more resources. Churches can often procure wooden crates, cardboard boxes and removal vans at a discount rate – making moving day a much easier task to tackle.