Diocese of Carlisle

DAC - Care of Churches


The 340 churches in the Diocese each represent the lives of thousands of people who have worshipped, celebrated and mourned there. Many are historic listed buildings and their care and maintenance is one of the greatest challenges that congregations face.

The Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches (DAC) offers advice to Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) about proposed work to church buildings and churchyards, offers training for church officers with particular responsibility for churches, and helps congregations through the application process for gaining a faculty.

It calls upon a range of experts and consultants who offer their skills on a voluntary basis. Contact either the DAC Office or your  Archdeacon for further advice and information, and with any specific queries concerning works to your church building or churchyard.

DAC Secretary

Rosaleen Lane
Rosaleen manages and provides advice and assistance on the Faculty Application Procedure including the Online Faculty System; to facilitate the running of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC); and provides support for care of churchyards, and the List B and Quinquennial processes in the Diocese..

T: 01768 807771
E: dac@carlislediocese.org.uk

DAC - During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Internet Connectivity

Please see below an Additional Matters Order made by the Chancellor dated 10 December 2020, concerning Internet Access pursuant to section 78 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 and Rule 3.4 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015. The content is self-explanatory and is effective from the 10 December, 2020. 

Direction from the Chancellor: Opening of Churches for Private Prayer, Funerals and Public Worship

In light of churches being able to open from Monday 15 June for individual private prayer and for funeral services (and subsequently at a date to be announced for public worship), the Chancellor has issued urgent direction around temporary hand sanitisers, fixed hand sanitisers and temporary signage and cordoning of a church:

DAC - Public Notices during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Direction issued on 28 June 2020

Given that Churches can be open for public worship from 4 July 2020, after consulting James [Fryer-Spedding], I have decided to revoke the Direction issued on 31 March 2020 about Public Notices (as below) with effect from 6 July 2020 so that usual practice as to Public Notices will apply from that date.

Geoffrey Tattersall QC, Chancellor

Direction issued on 31 March 2020

In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic, the Chancellor has issued new direction around the posting of public notices in a church building for 28 days. Click below to read the latest guidance:

DAC Dates

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