Church of England’s Sunday Worship Attendance Continues Downward Slide

Sunday Worship Attendance

Attendance figures released by the Church of England show that Sunday worship attendance continues its downward slide and now stands at about half of what it was 45 years ago.

The report from the Archbishops’ Council Research and Statistics Department, released Friday (March 21), shows that on average in 2012, 800,000 adults, or about 2 percent of the adult population, attended church on Sunday. That’s down from 1.6 million Sunday worshippers in 1968.

Christmas and Easter services continue to attract the highest number of worshippers. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day bring in around 2.5 million people and Easter services attract approximately 1.4 million.

One of England’s top women judges, Baroness Brenda Hale, said the Church of England is in decline because it is so undemanding.

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SOURCE: Religion News Service
Trevor Grundy

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