At the centre of rural communities across the 2Seas area is a church building. These buildings reflect our shared cultural and architectural heritage. However, many of these buildings are underused. Changing societal habits mean these buildings, once the centre of community life, serve a dwindling number of worshippers. Meanwhile, societal challenges exist across the 2Seas rural areas: flight of the youth due to lack of opportunity; the exclusion of the elderly from community life; economic stagnation; demographic transition. Before the era of state intervention, communities themselves responded to such challenges, often organised through the local church. With public resources across Europe under pressure, we need to recreate this community model to tackle the challenges of today. This project will kick-start this rebirth. We will develop and support projects, led by local residents, to find new uses for underused religious heritage and respond to the challenges facing rural areas today. This will build on the best pioneering examples of community ownership and the regeneration of church buildings. We will test this model in a number of sites in rural areas across the 2seas area. A common intervention logic, Theory of Change and evaluation framework will bind projects together while allowing them flexibility to deliver the best solution locally. The result will be revitalised rural communities across the 2Seas area, with church buildings once again at the centre of the community, alongside proven results and a how-to guide that will allow organisations to roll this model out further. Church buildings are our common European heritage: they can also provide a common European future for rural communities in the age of secularism.