Statement of Significance
A Statement of Significance is an important document, which describes the history of your church, its furnishings, monuments, stained glass, churchyard, setting and significant events in its history. It will enable your parish as well as people outside your community to understand what makes your church special.
Every church should have a Statement of Significance, not just in the event of a Faculty application. It is a useful resource for anyone with responsibility for your church’s fabric and encourages good stewardship of the building. As a working document, it should be reviewed annually so that new information can be added or any changes that have been made in the church recorded.
This document has been designed to expand on the Church Buildings Council guidance which can be found via the link below:
Statement of Need
A Statement of Need is the document that sets out the reasons why it is considered that the needs of a church cannot be met without making changes to the building and why the changes need to be made at this time.
It should be read in conjunction with your church’s Statement of Significance and with it will form part of your application for a Faculty.
Your Statement of Need provides an opportunity to explain, justify and rationalise your proposals to your own community, as well as members of the DAC, the Church Buildings Council and English Heritage who may be unfamiliar with the church.
This document has been designed to expand on the Church Buildings Council guidance which can be found via the link below.
Guidance on How to Research Your Church