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Welcome to CVTA, the only inter-denominational body promoting best practice in welcoming visitors to church buildings across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Whether your church is small or large, ancient or modern, we are here to support you in making the most of it as you welcome visitors, tourists and pilgrims, and to share ideas and best practice as we work together to extend the Ministry of Hospitality to all who would come.

Welcome and hospitality are central to the outworking of the Gospel; we realise this when we see Christ's first miracle at the Wedding in Cana for what it is: an act of generous hospitality towards His guests. Later, in the miracle of the loaves and fishes, He shows us how God in his bountiful grace can transform a small act of sharing into a profound and satisfying experience for a whole multitude.

Blessings work both ways of course, and as we seek to bless others we ourselves are blessed. There are so many benefits which accrue to a church from being open and welcoming. We can see lives transformed, the local economy improved, congregations growing and the sustainability of our churches improved. But this can only happen if our churches are open!

This is not just about beautiful historic churches opening their doors to sightseers (although that is a part of what we are about) but about being open to the people who need us wherever we are, whether that is as a food bank, a library, a dementia cafe or somewhere quiet to reflect and light a candle. Or any combination of these and a million other activities - be creative!

Ian Simpson,


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Churches Visitor & Tourism Association, Registered Charity No. 1101254. Registered as a CIO at Companies House, no. 4536442. Registered Office: 10 Ayletts, Broomfield, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 7LE.

Download CVTA's Memorandum and Articles here. PDF file, approx. file size 6.48MB.

Link to Most Recent Annual Report (once signed at AGM and PDF'd)

LAST UPDATE: 7th October 2023. The CVTA is a Registered Charity, no. 1101254.