London’s churches are as varied and colourful as London’s communities. They are places where differing strands come together, both temporal and eternal: places of quiet and prayer in a busy city; places of history and beauty; places of celebration and mourning; places of splendid ceremony and ministering to the poor. Churches are also places where international visitors of all faiths and none can connect with God, yet also places which stand at the heart of their local communities, seeking to connect with people’s hopes and needs. Through being an open presence in the midst of the city our church buildings will bear a welcoming witness to the Christian faith to all who enter them. A locked door is an almost universal symbol of exclusion. The first and most important step to fulfilling this ambition for us is that we should open our doors.
Have you opened up your church building in new ways? Tell your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interested in resources to help you think about opening up your building? See our open churches toolkit or be inspired by examples in our publication Buildings on Sure Foundations. Forthcoming open churches events can be found on our events pages.