Supporting churches

Congregational has provided insurance solutions for over 125 years and we place policyholders firmly at the heart of our business. We provide good value products and exemplary service to our churches and are committed to supporting them in ways which extend beyond the provision of insurance. We actively support a number of faith based initiatives and this forms a major part of the Company’s core values.

Safer places of worship
Faith Through a Lens
Sponsoring church initiatives

Safer places of worship

We understand that churches are an important part of the community and we want to help customers protect their place of worship. This doesn’t just mean when things go wrong we want to help you prevent problems before they arise.

Our online resource ‘Safer Places of Worship’ gives church policyholders instant access to information on how to best protect their church buildings. It outlines practical steps to ensure a safer environment for worship and other church-related activities. It offers churches guidance in areas such as health & safety, security measures, fire prevention and legal requirements that may affect the day-to-day maintenance of churches. It also contains links to other related sites and documents to give more detailed information on specific areas of interest.

Faith Through a Lens

The faith through a lens photography competition, funded by Congregational Insurance, was open for entries between 2010 and 2016. The competition encouraged amateur photographers from across the UK to capture the meaning of faith and profile its positive effects within a diverse range of communities. Faith plays a positive role in many peoples' lives and this competition encouraged people from all backgrounds and beliefs to engage with the subject in its wider context.

Each year an overall winner and two highly commended entries were chosen by our judging panel led by internationally acclaimed photojournalist Don McCullin. The three winning entrants nominated a UK registered charity, church, faith or community group to receive audio-visual or photography equipment along with personal prizes. Over the 7 years the competition ran, nearly £20,000 worth of equipment was donated to a wide variety of UK charities. Main sponsors Nikon provided the camera prizes and Maplin electronics sponsored the donations for the nominated charities. All finalists receive a prize bag which included a range of photography accessories and items donated from Huggler and Serif.

Throughout the duration of the competition we received support from Churches Together in England and the Inter Faith Network. We were also supported by the BBC which allowed us to use its premises for our awards ceremony as well as featuring the competition on Sunday morning Live and on the BBC website.

The number and quality of entries we received whilst the competition was in place was outstanding and we would like to thank all entrants for helping us build a magnificent catalogue of images portraying faith.

Details of each years' winners can be found in the news and media section or click on the links below:

2016 press release
2015 press release
2014 press release
2013 press release
2012 press release
2011 press release
2010 press release

Please also visit the photo album on our facebook page for images of our finalists.

Sponsoring church initiatives

At Congregational we are committed to supporting the work undertaken by churches to establish and maintain projects within their local area. We currently organise and support two community award schemes alongside the United Reformed Church and Congregational Federation to recognise innovative community projects run by members of the congregation.

These schemes really do make a difference and have such a positive effect in the community. We hope that by highlighting the good work undertaken it encourages others to replicate this in their communities. Each winning project receives prize money in acknowledgment of the efforts of volunteers, church-workers and employees.

URC community project awards Congregational Federation
Serving The Community Awards