A parking website has said the number of churches that use its services to rent out spaces to raise funds has doubled in the past year to 102.
All Saints Church in Islington, north London, has raised nearly £150,000 to fund community projects by renting out its car park spaces.
The church rents out its spaces through the website ParkatmyHouse and has taken more than 5,000 bookings in the past four years. About a quarter have come from people using nearby King’s Cross and St Pancras stations.
Drivers pay £13 a day, or £2 an hour, to leave their cars at the church. This compares with £25 for between four and 24 hours, or £9 for up to two hours, charged by a nearby NCP car park.
Money from the parking spaces has supported the Rainbow mother and toddler group, Alcoholics Anonymous and a project that provides food and shelter for homeless people.
Ted Fell, the vicar at All Saints Church, said: "More parishes could and should benefit from renting out their unused outdoor space."
Alex Stephany, chief executive of ParkatmyHouse, said it was free to list spaces on the site. The site takes 15 per cent of the fees paid by drivers.
"We’re proud to be able to connect these churches with people who need to rent the spaces," he said. "It’s really exciting to see these business-savvy churches taking part in the so-called ‘sharing economy’ and reaping the benefits. In turn, they’re providing a valuable service to their local communities."
The website was set up in 2006 after its founder struggled to find a parking space in San Francisco in the US. It is backed by the venture capital arm of the car firm BMW.