Church Matters – Spring/Summer 2024

Welcome to the latest issue of Church Matters, the twice yearly-newsletter from Ecclesiastical.

Church Matters brings together our latest news and helpful advice for you and your church.

Featured stories

Church in forest

Working with churches to help the climate

We can see that our climate is changing, and whilst this creates challenges it also presents opportunities for churches, especially as they work towards net zero.

Here at Ecclesiastical, we believe that there is plenty we can do to help to protect church buildings today and add support as we all look to a greener future.

Read more about climate change and your church.

Church events and fetes [mage]

Outdoor events and church fetes

Nowadays churches are used for so much more than worship, and this creates potential insurance and health and safety implications. Your existing cover could well be sufficient, but it’s important to check – as our guide shows, the type of event and your involvement may make all the difference.

Read more about hosting church events.

Made simple guides [image]

Insurance - Made Simple!

Insurance can seem daunting and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve created a range of Made Simple guides – concise, clear, and easy-to-understand information on the key issues we get asked about the most – from events to building works, and from community outreach to legal expenses.

See all of our made simple guides.

Monthly risk calendar

June fire assessment

Fire risk assessment

  • Have you reviewed your fire risk assessment? All churches need to complete a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 or The Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 which should be periodically reviewed to remain valid.
July working at height

Working at height

  • Falls from height can result in serious injury. Identify circumstances where tasks or access at height may be required and check the precautions you have taken are adequate.
August electrical wiring

Electrical wiring

  • Electricity has the potential to cause considerable damage to property and serious personal injury. Check your electrical systems have been inspected by a qualified electrician within the last five years and all portable appliances have been tested.

The risk calendar marks key risks throughout the year to help you protect your church and those who use it. You can download a PDF version of the risk calendar to save or put up at your church.

Visit the risk calendar

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