Sharing of Buildings
Updated 22 August 2022
There are various ways to share the use of Methodist buildings with Christians of other traditions.
Managing trustees may, with the consent of the Superintendent, hold occasional joint services with those of another Christian communion or body (see Model Trust 14(2) in CPD Volume 2).
Worship on particular occasions
To obtain consent to grant a licence or lease, managing trustees must complete Schedule 14a rather than applying via the Property Consents website. If this is the first time a licence or lease has been granted to the other Christian church or congregation to use Methodist premises, a copy of that church’s/congregation’s statement of beliefs should be sent to the Connexional Ecumenical Officer. If the church or congregation is of a known denomination (eg a member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland) then the application should be straightforward. A conversation with the Assistant Ecumenical Officer should help and, if necessary, there will be a consultation with the Secretary of the Faith and Order Committee.
Schedule 14a: Please email your completed form to the Conference Office. Electronic signatures are acceptable.
For further information about allowing other Christian churches or congregations to use Methodist property under Model Trust 14(2A), including a standard form Worship Licence and template Worship Booking Form, see: Letting Property and Third Party Use (TMCP website)
Note: A licence or lease for worship by those of non-Christian faiths is not permitted on Methodist Model Trust premises.
The Sharing of Church Buildings Act (1969) for England and Wales and similar legislation in other jurisdictions
If managing trustees in England and Wales wish to share a Methodist building on a medium- to long-term basis, consideration should be given to entering into a Sharing Agreement under the Sharing of Church Buildings Act (1969). Similar provisions apply in the Isle of Man and in Jersey.
A summary of the provisions of the 1969 Act are available here:
Sharing of Church Buildings Act 1969 (CTBI website)
Please let your Superintendent, District Ecumenical Officer, and District Property Secretary know if you are considering the possibility of a sharing agreement for a Methodist building or a building of another denomination and contact TMCP Legal and the Connexional Ecumenical Officer for guidance.
For other ways of letting and allowing third parties to use Methodist property, see Letting Property and Third Party Use.