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Church of England attendance stays beneath pre-pandemic ranges

Church of England attendance stays beneath pre-pandemic ranges


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The Church of England has did not return to pre-pandemic ranges of attendance, newest figures present.


Average weekly attendance at companies rose by practically 5 per cent to 685,000 in 2023, new knowledge printed by the Church on Monday reveals. 

It marks a 3rd 12 months of consecutive progress for the Church of England however figures nonetheless stay far beneath the 845,000 – or round 1.45% of the inhabitants – who have been attending in 2019 earlier than the pandemic struck. 

It can also be beow the 747,000 folks the Church of England predicted would have attended weekly companies in 2023 if there had been no pandemic.

However, the info additional reveals that whereas in 2021 all-age Sunday attendance was 22.3 per cent beneath the projected pre-pandemic pattern, by final 12 months the hole had narrowed to six.7 per cent.

The statistics are based mostly on a snapshot of knowledge returned from over 11,000 church buildings.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, remained optimistic, saying, “This may be very welcome information and I hope it encourages church buildings throughout the nation. I need to thank our clergy and congregations who’ve proven such religion, hope and confidence over latest years to share the gospel with their communities.

“I’m particularly heartened to listen to that extra kids are coming alongside to church and I’m grateful to everybody concerned in that ministry.

“These are only one set of figures, however they present doubtless that individuals are coming to religion in Jesus Christ right here and now – and realising it is the very best choice they may ever make.

“Renewing and rising the Church is all the time the work of God, and it is our function to affix in with what God is doing.

“As we collect in church buildings this weekend to have fun Pentecost, let’s maintain praying and dealing to ask extra folks to find the love of Jesus Christ.”



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