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Protecting your church in bad weather

It’s important to take some time to think about how you can protect your church and those visiting it from the worst of the British weather. We've produced some helpful tips and advice to help make sure you and your church are prepared.


Cold weather

The onset of winter weather inevitably brings problems for churches and church halls. Following our essential guide to minimising winter risks you can help protect your church from harsh winter weather.

The guide cover issues such as:

  • Essential building maintenance

  • Burst pipes

  • Keeping pathways clear



A flood at your church can have a huge impact on the church and the church community.

Environment Agency figures show that over five million people in England and Wales live and work in properties that have some flood risk from nearby rivers or the sea. Surface water is also a source of flooding and can affect any property.

It’s impossible to flood-proof your church but there are some simple steps you can take to lessen the damage a flood can cause. Our flood checklist for churches will help you prepare and protect your property against flood damage.



A single bolt of lightning hitting a church can damage the fabric of the building as well as causing fires which can cause massive amounts of damage to the church and its roof.

The huge surge of electrical energy hitting the church can cause wires in the building to burn out putting computers, electric organs, alarm systems and audio-visual equipment at risk.

It’s not possible to completely remove the risk of lightning strikes but you can help to protect your church by:

  • Having lightning protection fitted

  • Keeping lightning conductors properly maintained

  • Employ a professional to inspect the church’s lightning conductor at least every four years

  • Install surge protection equipment to protect the church’s electrical equipment

Any work on the church’s lightning protection system should be carried out by a competent contractor such as a member of the Association of Technical Lightning and Access Specialists.

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