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A government minister has called for low attendance churches to be converted into gyms, restaurants and multi-faith centres to better serve their local communities.
Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said he was happy to preserve the architectural beauty of the churches but felt they could be better used to serve the community if they became secular. A few months ago Mr Burnham had suggested libraries be allowed to sell coffee and dispense with their insistence on silence.
Many small church buildings have already been converted into private homes and commercial properties. Ironically, however, many Christian start-up groups looking for accommodation find it difficult to buy property. It would be sad to see yet more dedicated buildings converted to secular use when, with a little help from the authorities, they could be used for their original purpose.