Buildings can be shared on an informal basis, can be subject to a Sharing Agreement under the Sharing of Church Buildings Act (1969) and/or can be a Shared Building Local Ecumenical Partnership.

Whichever you are considering, ensure that you read the document Sharers, Guests or Tenants? (which is also downloadable at the very bottom of this page). This offers useful advice and good practice for churches looking to share buildings together.  

The Sharing of Church Buildings Act

The book Under the Same Roof, about the workings of the Sharing of Church Buildings Act (1969), is available from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. CTE makes available an unverified updated version, in the document block at the end of this page.

Which churches are included?

A list of churches to which the Sharing of Church Buildings Act applies (Gazetted Churches) can be found here. This list has been added to the Schedule 2 of the Act itself as a result of a recent Measure which has made other updating amendments. To this list needs to be added the Churches listed in Schedule 2 of SoCBA (1969).

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