Park and Pray

Churches in the UK are making more than £100,000 per year by renting out their empty car park spaces.

One good thing the coronavirus pandemic has done is to make every organisation, including churches to press the reset button and look for new ways of doing things. Since the lockdown began, churches in the UK are making more than £10,000 per month by renting out their empty car park spaces.

Recent research by found that hundreds of churches are listed on the portal’s pre-booking parking website and a majority of them have suitable parking spaces for rent.

Many of those churches listed are located near city and town centres, where demand for parking spaces are usually very high, and as a result, they can be pre-booked on an hourly or daily basis.

Churches located near football stadiums and event centres could makeover £10,000 a month from parking. For example, Sacred Heart Church and Community Centre is located near Arsenal football stadium in London. Their Parking Spaces advert says the space is suitable for vehicles up to the size of a large (4×4). According to Parking Spaces, “The Church car park is near Arsenal football stadium (around a 6-minute walk). Suitable for ARSENAL HOME MATCHES ONLY. (Also a couple of spaces available for weekly or monthly rental. Kindly ask).”

New Testament Church Of God car park is available from 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays, according to Parking Spaces.

The church car park is “within 5 minutes’ walk of Mile End Station, which is served by the Central Line, District Line and Hammersmith & City Lines. It is just one stop away from the Olympic Park, West Ham FC, and Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford. They are also close to Queen Mary University, Bow Road Station, Thames Magistrates Court, The Ecology and Victoria Park, and two stops from The Royal London Hospital.

How about the Park Lane Methodist Church, which is very close to the 90,000-seater Wembley Stadium?

The car park with an onsite caretaker is within 8 minutes walk to Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena.

According to Harrison Woods, MD, “Churches offering their empty parking spaces makes perfect financial sense. You could almost describe it as pray and display. However, the extra income is just one benefit as a busy car park deters anti-social behaviour, while visitors could also be tempted to have a look around the church if it is allowed.”