Church Recording is the making of a detailed inventory of all the contents of a church (of any denomination) whether these are moveable objects or are an integral part of its fabric. Since 1973 NADFAS has recorded over 1,200 churches in the UK. Recording requires dedication and care but expert help and training are available.

Delving into the history behind apparently mundane objects is most rewarding and we make an important contribution to local and national knowledge. When a Record is completed, a task which usually takes at least two years per church, the original is presented to the church. Copies are lodged with the Diocesan Record Office, the National Monuments Record Centre at Swindon, the Council for the Care of Churches (if C of E) and the V & A Museum Art Library in London.

The Records are used by researchers, students and, occasionally, the police if the church is vandalised or objects are stolen. In the Essex Area we have an annual Church Crawl when we visit four churches in a day. This is always a very informative and enjoyable day and gives us the opportunity to meet other Recorders. All Church Recorders are members of NADFAS and are volunteers.

We are currently recording St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, Gidea Park. We started in 2009 and hope to complete the record in the near future. The parish was instituted on August 8th. 1933 and this church was consecrated on May 21st. 1938 by Dr. Henry Wilson, the Bishop of Chelmsford. If possible we meet on the first Tuesday of the month from 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Our next meeting is planned for November 5th. 2013. The previous church we recorded was St. Nicholas, South Ockendon. No decision has yet been made for the recording of another church.