Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Words:
Jan-Carlos Kucharek

Why churches are installing toilets

The Bible’s parable of the talents confirms that even God likes a bit of good housekeeping, so one assumes he’s looking down approvingly on the recently published National Churches Trust Annual Review, which details all its grants for the upkeep of the UK’s places of worship – last year awarding over £1.6m of grants to 140 schemes. And it turns out that most of the money went on installing toilets in the churches, which topped the lists of funding requests. The chief exec says they ‘allow churches to be more welcoming to worshippers, especially those with young children’ – that is, one assumes, until the parents get them into the right primary, after which vacant pews can go begging. Let’s hope all that funding adds up to pennies well spent. 

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