(Worthy News) – Over 350 Church of England churches are at risk of being closed or demolished within the next five years, the church preservation charity Friends of Friendless Churches has warned.
Based on a report released by the Church Commissioners in July, the FCC estimates that between 131 and 368 churches, including Grade I and Grade II historic buildings, could be sold or torn down due in part to the loss of tithes and donations while churches were forced to remain closed because of the government’s response to COVID-19.
While the CofE said the estimate of 368 church closures is high and a “worst-case scenario,” the startling figure is based on a survey that asked dioceses to give an estimate of the number of closures they’re expecting to initiate over the next two to five years. [ Source: Christian Post (Read More…) ]
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