Finding and Sharing your stories : a church tourism workshop : 11 Aug, ONLINE

August 11, 2021 | 2:00 pm 3:30 pm

Church tourism training from the National Churches Trust helping you identify and interpret your stories effectively.

About this event

The National Churches Trust is supporting historic places of worship by providing training for all involved with churches and chapels. Join us to discover how your place of worship can benefit from tourism; helping encourage visitors and raising funds.

This session will look at:

  • what are people are interested in when they visit your church or chapel?
  • what stories are hidden within it, and how can you find them?
  • why is interpretation important?
  • how can we interpret and share our stories?
  • the basic starting point; simple and effective things you can do
  • methods of interpreting your stories; traditional and modern digital

All involved in historic places of worship are invited to attend.

We will present a 45-60 minute talk, with lots of useful ideas and content and links to follow up later. We’ll then have at least 30 minutes for questions and comments. We’ll also encourage you to share ideas and questions with volunteers from the other churches taking part in the chat.

The presentation (in pdf form) will be available to all attendees afterwards.


Covid19 is having a huge impact on both churches and tourism.

We will, of course, consider it in relation to all of the above. We aim to give you some ideas for what you could do now (even if it’s only preparation for later), what visitors will be looking for post-Covid and how to keep potential visitors engaged even when they can’t come in person.

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Who is delivering this session

Sarah Crossland

Church Tourism Manager

Sarah is our Church Tourism Manager, leading our church tourism strategy to develop projects and support churches and the sector.

Linda Patrick

Church Support Officer

Linda is our Church Support Officer working on PR and communications, as well as specific church tourism projects especially around marketing.

And before you join us…

A key way to ensure visitors can find and enjoy your place of worship is to be included on our church tourism gateway :

Although churches and chapels are closed at present, their role supporting communities is more important than ever, and your virtual presence plays an essential part in that. Find out more about how churches to bring communities together and help them thrive in the National Churches Trust’s House of Good report :

Add your place of worship to ExploreChurches and (even if it’s already there) make sure your entry is up to date and appealing. When we reopen our doors we can ensure visitors have all the information they need to find, enjoy and feel inspired by your place of worship.

Add your church today here:

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