RE: [Churchcrawling] Re: Mystery Churchcrawler, Church Crawler Aw ards (?)
- There are two organisations which seek to encourage and support churches
which welcome visitors. One is the Open Churches Trust founded by Andrew
Lloyd Webber, which is currently working its way round all the dioceses int
he country (though all denominations, and other faiths are invited to the
meetings) giving roadshows including a video and live speakers dispelling
many myths about the alleged difficulties of opening churches. OCT
concentrates on stewarded chruches, but the Church Tourism Association (of
which I am secretary) is for all churches, and particularly those which may
not have the resources to be stewarded when open, although we also have
members from the Greater Churches (which with the cathedrals have their own
It would be good to explore mutually supportive activities between the
chruchcrawling community and CTA. Any ideas?
Lincolnshire and Sussex already have award schemes and many local
authorities work in partneship projects to promote those churches which
Secertary CTA (and CTO Lincolnshire)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul IAnson [SMTP:adhe36@...]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 2:43 AM
> To: Churchcrawling@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Churchcrawling] Re: Mystery Churchcrawler, Church Crawler
> Awards (?)
> Maybe easy on brickbats. Need to try to draw attention of locals to
> their churches and chapels. Look for local free press, cards in
> supermarkets, manse letter-box. Possible message: 'St Whatsits is
> beautiful. It needs you'. Maybe as attention-grabber mystery admirer
> leaves flowers and message of praise(not box of Milk Tray; bad for
> teeth) at church door, door of manse. Perhaps send print-out of
> appropriate registered charities to PCC.
> Any use? Paul
> --- In Churchcrawling@yahoogroups.com, "Julian Doncaster"
> <julianduk@y...> wrote:
> > Not feasible imho, but money is not the problem anyway - we are
> one of the
> > richest countries in the world and can well afford anything that
> > spending.
> > The problem is the extraction of the aforementioned money from the
> > wherein it languishes :)
> > I'd agree that this group (it is really a network) is not really
> > for raising cash - that needs organisations and trustees and so
> on. OTOH
> > there are some things that the group is eminently suited to do.
> > ISTM that the group is more suited for Grass Roots type things,
> and drawing
> > attention to local good and bad practice, and stirring up the odd
> > perhaps. We also may have better countrywide local knowledge than
> > else. Anything that involves lots of people making small impacts
> would help.
> > A couple of suggestions.
> > * Mystery churchcrawler. Ship of Fools have a "mystery worshipper"
> > (at <http://www.shipoffools.com/Mystery/index.html)> as well as lots
> of other
> > good stuff (including a Rowan Williams teddy bear which has
> > miraculously over the Chilterns - check the pic
> > <http://www.shipoffools.com/Features/frameit.htm?>
> > Over the years they have done hundreds of reviews, which are
> > referenced from church websites. Could we not do an equivalent?
> This could
> > start to do for the whole country what some of us (notably Simon)
> have done
> > in particular areas. I'd quite happily create this, but would need
> > reviewers, and a careful brief.
> > But if I did so, would listren participate?
> > * Churchcrawler Awards
> > Could we have some informal awards for places receptive to
> visitors. I don't
> > mean one, but a number each year (20?). We could have 5 "gold
> star" awards,
> > and a lot of "highly commended"s.
> > One thing I noted from SJ (boo-hiss!) was that by highlighting a
> lot (988)
> > of churches he generated a significant of *local* press coverage
> ("we have
> > one of the top 1000 churches in our village") and pride in the
> > Whatever you think of SJ and his selection, this coverage is
> valuable to us.
> > I'd also suggest a "hidden gem" award, and there could be a small
> number of
> > brickbats (e.g., Simon's Suffolk church with a full immersion
> > bapistry under the vestry floor and the church which is decaying
> > absentee ownership).
> > The balance would need to be more bouquets than brickbats,
> however, as the
> > most important thing is positive engagement.
> > Anybody have any other thoughts?
> > Julian
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> -----Original Message-----That gives me lots of ideas, but I think I'll keep quiet about them.
> From: Rosemary Watts [mailto:church.tourism@...]
> It would be good to explore mutually supportive activities between the
> chruchcrawling community and....
> Rosemary Watts
> Secertary CTA (and CTO Lincolnshire)