Your Church Building / History
You will want to include information about your church building and its features and history if your church is historic and/or picturesque, or simply because it's the building at the heart of your community (and you may hire parts of it out).
Rural parish churches in particular will want to provide some information for those who simply like visiting attractive village churches. If you are opening up your church for visitors outside times when services and other organised activities are taking place - for private prayer and reflection or for tourism - it makes sense to include this information on your website so people know when to come.
If your building is of no particular architectural or historical merit, attracting passing tourists may not be the thing for you! But if it is, in addition to describing the features of the building, try to write about the aspects of faith / teaching / knowledge which those features may symbolise and communicate.
Even if your building or its history isn't worth featuring, you may have a founder or famous person associated with it, so you could provide some historical background - perhaps in conjunction with a local school where the children include that person in their local history studies.
Both buildings and famous figures can be ways to draw people to your website, after which they (hopefully) explore the rest of it. So don't major on buildings or on the past, but on the present day living church!
If opening up your church building to tourism is something you'd like to find out more about, take a look at the advice, ideas, information and resources on the Church Tourism Association website.
Last updated: September 2008