"When a man is too lazy to repair his roof, it will leak, and the house will fall in."
The climate in Scotland is such that for most of the year shelter from the elements is needed. There is therefore a necessity for us to be worshipping God undercover. The heritage of our church buildings in Scotland is rich: from medieval cathedrals to modern hall/churches. Our meeting places therefore are a necessity for the mission of the Church.
"If the Lord does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless."
Our sanctuaries and associated ecclesiastical buildings are dedicated to the glory of God. Our buildings are therefore part of our testimonies to Jesus Christ as Saviour of the world, and help express this in our communities. It is therefore only our best that we should contemplate when dealing with fabric matters that arise. It is important that we care for and maintain our buildings that the passing public sees them as inviting places where God is honoured.
The stewardship of our buildings (and indeed other physical assets) requires us to support Christian values and identify the beliefs of members of our Church. Our buildings are assets in translating these beliefs into everyday Christian living.
Our responsibility for our buildings is not just keeping them wind and watertight. It involves ensuring that regular maintenance is carried out and that any alterations are in keeping with the quality of the buildings we have. A healthy respect of the past is also important, particularly with listed buildings, that we ensure care is taken to protect our heritage. Quality design and good workmanship ensure continuity with former generations whose skills and craftsmanship we continue to enjoy.
Please remember that our buildings are an aid to achieving our aims of glorifying God. It is the people of God who are the church!
"Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"