Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire, OX49 5SP
+44 (0) 1844 350 101
architects@jbks.co.uk

News

Lockdown 2.0 and What It Means for Your Church Communities

“Well, here we go again” is a phrase you might have heard a lot this week, usually said with an air of woe and a tone of despair. The Prime Minister’s announcement on the 31st of October that a second lockdown would be implemented from Thursday the 5th of November for four weeks is really …

Three Reasons Why Your Church Building
Is as Important as What Happens in It

The word “church” can mean different things to different people. Some would say that the church is the body of people who meet to praise God and share like-minded thoughts, but for others, the word is limited to the looming grey buildings with square towers containing bells. For some people, the word might implicate fear …

Keeping Communities Connected

In England, churches have been able to reopen their services for communal worship. Those attending services are required to keep at least 1m away from anyone not from their own household or support bubble, with some churches requiring mandatory face-coverings. Whilst many churches across England have opened their doors for prayer, many churches are still …

St Paul's Church Slough

The transformation and restoration of a seriously tired church in Slough

St Pauls’ church, Slough is a very large Victorian style 20th century church built in the residential suburbs of the town. It is enormously high and was so hard to heat that in the 1960s a flat roofed interior structure was built to provide a smaller, easier to heat hall, entirely within the west end …

Reopening Places of Worship

As of the 13th June, churches in England have been allowed to open for individual prayer and funeral services. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recognises that there are significant mental-health benefits for people being able to pray in their place of worship which for some people, cannot be replicated by praying at …

Ely Cathedral in Ely

Virtual Tour of Britain’s Cathedrals

Rich in history, Great Britain’s cathedrals have withstood the test of time and have now become key historical tourist attractions as well as places of Christian worship. Thousands of tourists each year flock to Britain’s cathedrals to admire the grandeur and beauty of medieval religious architecture. Although in Great Britain places of worship and tourist …

What lays ahead for Churches in 2020 and beyond?

The last few months have been a difficult time for everyone whilst we are all adjusting to a different way of living. During this period, the degree of care and concern amongst communities has increased along with an increase in the level of prayer for others.  Despite the negatives and the difficulties faced during this …

Oxfordshire Anglo-Saxon Church Guide

Of all the groups who have invaded England, the Anglo-Saxons made quite the impact including the permanent establishment of the English church. Despite having a prominent linguistic and cultural impact, their remnants are few and far between. The best surviving structures from the Anglo-Saxon era are stone churches or earthworks. In Oxfordshire, the earliest example …

Church Support for 2020

In light of the recent COVID-19 outbreak, churches are experiencing drastic changes. Like all voluntary sector services Churches are facing massive uncertainty. However, even if we are all behind closed doors at present, this is the time to think that when the restrictions are lifted, and the main crisis of the virus outbreak has passed, …

Reading’s Historical Greyfriar’s Church Receives Planning Permission for a New West End Extension

Greyfriar’s Anglican Church on Friar Street in Reading, Berkshire has now been granted planning permission to replace the outdated semi-circular extension with a new glazed foyer and substantial link extension. The Diocese has also granted approval. The Grade I listed church was built in 1311 and is now the oldest Franciscan building still used for …




site built by niki peach design