Standing up for the Parish System

The Church of England is draining parish resources, depriving parishes of paid clergy and forcing mergers on historic churches. Save the Parish is here to stop that.

Community

Parishes are the heart of communities up and down the country. Children are christened, people are married, our loved ones are laid to rest- all in our parish churches. Saving Parishes is vital to protecting these things.

Heritage

Many of our Parishes are centuries old, and play a central role in the history of England, and the United Kingdom. Current threats and pressures placed on parishes by the central church risk ending a direct, uninterrupted lineage with our local and national history.

Growth

Without parishes, and parish priests, the future of the Church of England is uncertain. The CofE's own research tells us that more paid clergy in parishes leads to the growth of the Church, and fewer leads to decline. Saving the Parish is best way to reinvigorate the Church for the next generation.


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Quotes of Support

You're not alone- Parishes matter, and people who love the parish are speaking out
Sir John Major

Sir John Major

Former Prime Minister

"Churches are not only part of our lives, they’re also a very important part of our landscape. If lost, we would all be the poorer."

Rev'd Canon Giles Fraser

Rev'd Canon Giles Fraser

St Anne's Church, Kew

“The hastening death of the parish will tear the beating heart from many a small place that is reliant upon church to help organise its common life."

Michael Nazir-Ali

Michael Nazir-Ali

Former Bishop of Rochester

“In rural areas, the parish church is often the only building which can be used for gathering the community at times of celebration and crisis... Its absence would further impoverish the community."

News

The latest news and articles via Save The Parish Network

Save the Parish celebrate first birthday as leaders move for more change in CofE

Campaigners from the group Save the Parish today celebrate one year since the formation of their group.One year ago today, the Rev’d Marcus Walker gathered members of the Church of England at his church in London. With an audience of over 200 in person and thousands online, he, alongside the Rev’d Prof. Alison Milbank and the Rev’d Stephen Trott launched a campaign for General Synod, with people committing to stand under the banner “Save the Parish.”

Salami-slicing of ministry is wrong, Archbishop of York, tells Save the Parish | Church Times

"The Archbishop’s interrogator was Canon Giles Fraser, Vicar of St Anne’s, Kew, and a member of the Save the Parish steering committee. He spoke of “anxiety that the centre of gravity is shifting away . . . as clergy numbers have been cut and parishes become more and more amalgamated and bigger, and that there are more and more people around the diocesan photocopier doing jobs that we don’t understand, and this creates a sort of crisis of trust.” This generated loud applause."

Save the Parish set the agenda at Summer Conference

Campaign group Save the Parish (STP) last week (Thurs 7th July) held their summer conference in York, a day before the General Synod kicked off. STP attracted over 100 attendees to their event at All Saints’ Pavement in the city centre, which hosted the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell after a last minute change to the running order.

The Church of England | Ysenda Maxtone Graham

"The combined scent of damp hymn books, dahlias slightly past their best, candlewax, Brasso and Victorian radiators: breathing in this intoxicating smell is one of the delights of living in England, with its 12,500 parish churches at the heart of every village and town. To press down the latch and feel the church door opening rather than remaining stubbornly shut is one of life’s great reassurers."

A Centrifugal Church | The Rev’d Colin Heber-Percy

"Over the last couple of difficult years, the parishes have proved themselves full of courageous and generous insurgents. Church House and the dioceses less so. The parish system in this country is a deeply embedded capillary network of neighbourliness and personal relationships. But Church House and the dioceses no longer seem to view it as vigorous and life-sustaining.

Archbishop of York to attend Save the Parish Conference

In an exciting, last-minute addition to their plans- Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York- is to attend a conference event hosted by campaign group Save the Parish (STP) this week in York. The conference- which is to take place this Thursday (7th July)- is billed as a day to “hear from and meet with those on the STP team, listen to some excellent presentations by friends of the campaign, and get to know fellow supporters.” It is hoped it will be a ‘rallying cry’ for the Parish campaign one day before this summer’s General Synod.