Economic woes cause boom in church attendance

Introduction: Church leaders believe that the economic difficulties are causing people to reassess their lives and values and for some that means searching for new meaning by coming to church.

 

Culture watch: Bible Society website

 

Economic woes cause boom in church attendance

 

The Church of England reports that churches across the nation have seen a rise in numbers at services since the recession began to bite. Church leaders believe that the economic difficulties are causing people to reassess their lives and values, and for some that means searching for new meaning by coming to church. September’s Back to Church Sunday, an annual campaign to encourage parishioners back into church, drew in 37,000 new people this year, almost double last year’s increase. The C of E believes that, from previous experience, between 10 and 15 per cent of these congregants will be retained in the long term. Canterbury Cathedral is expecting so many attendees on Christmas Eve that it’s holding an extra service on the 23rd.

 

Source: Daily Telegraph (7/12)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/3659536/Rise-in-church-congregation-attendance-down-to-economy.html

 

Office posted the article on Tuesday, 16th December 2008 at 8:43pm


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