‘50 Things to do in a Church’ celebrates the many and diverse uses of church buildings and asks the public to share their favourite things to do in a church or chapel. Michael Palin explains why finding peace and quiet in a church is important for him.
Michael Palin’s ‘Thing to do in a Church’
Finding peace and quiet is one of the ‘50 Things to do in a Church’ and a particular attraction for Michael Palin, writer and performer and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust. In the video click here he describes how during a lunch break whilst being cross-questioned in a courtcase in London, at the very heart of Fleet Street, he discovered the church of St Dunstan-in-the West. He says: “I was never so grateful for a place of repose, an oasis of peace and quiet in the midst of the mayhem.”
‘50 Things to do in a Church’
‘50 Things to do in a Church’ highlights some of the activities and events that take place in and around church buildings and the many different ways that people use and experience churches and chapels. You can see photos of all the ‘50 Things to do in a Church’ on The National Churches Trust 50 Things photo gallery.
As well as being places of worship, church buildings play a vital role in activities for the benefit of the wider community. It is estimated that nearly 90% of churches are used for community purposes as well as for regular worship.
Included in ‘50 Things to do in a Church’ are activities and things to see and do linked to music and the arts, the spiritual, helping the community, art and architecture, food and drink, history, nature and wildlife, and sport and leisure.
What is your favourite thing to do in a church or chapel?
You can tell the National Churches Trust about your favourite things to do in a church by filling in the form at the bottom of their webpage, on Twitter by using the hashtag #50thingsinachurch, on their Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full list of ‘50 Things to do in a Church’ can be viewed by clicking here.
Claire Walker, Chief Executive of the National Churches Trust said, “I hope ‘50 Things to do in a Church’ will encourage more people to discover some of the great things that it’s possible to do in a church or chapel and discover some of their amazing history and architecture. There is no better place to find a Green Man, light a candle, find the tomb of someone famous or get involved in helping the community.”
To read the article in full please visit the National Churches Trust website at www.nationalchurchestrust.org/50things.