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Church attendance up in Liverpool

Bishops hail rise in numbers to the Anglican fold

Written by . Published on May 8th 2013.


Church attendance up in Liverpool
 

CONTRARY to popular belief that religion is on the decline, church attendance – at least among Anglicans in Liverpool - is on the up. 

The Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Revd Richard Blackburn has hailed a new set of attendance statistics as “extremely encouraging”. 

Rt Revd Richard BlackburnRt Revd Richard BlackburnThe 2011 official figures published by the statistics department of the Church of England show a 4.9pc growth in the average numbers attending a weekly service.

Bishop Richard said “These extremely encouraging figure show sustained growth over the last couple of years. The figures confirm our announcement last year that we are a growing diocese.

The figures also show a 2.3pc rise in those attending church on an average Sunday and a 1.7pc increase on usual Sunday attendance. They also reveal that nearly 39,000 attended a Christmas Day service in 2011 with attendance on Easter Day being just short of 31,000 people.

National figures also showed a 7.5pc rise in child baptisms across the country with adult baptisms rising by 5.1pc.

Bishop Richard said “Our experience is of growing numbers coming for the big celebratory services at Christmas and Easter. Also I am delighted that the baptism figures clearly show that large numbers of people still come to church for the celebrations in their lives.”

Churches

 Acoording to the diocese: "The figures for the Diocese of Liverpool come as a result of increased efforts to connect with communities and grow our churches following a challenge from the Bishop of Liverpool. In what has come to be known as the Growth Agenda churches have responded to a need reconnect with their communities.

"Churches across our diocese have done this in a variety of ways – from doing traditional church well to developing new forms of church that happen at across the week in a range of places appealing to different groups of people.

Our churches have been strong supporters of the national Back to Church Sunday campaign. We hold café style church, have developed the Child Friendly Church award to encourage family worship and are pioneering forms of church that connect with people of all ages, backgrounds and interests."


Bishop Richard added “the figures show the relevance and importance of church in today’s society. Our challenge is to continue to find ways to continue to attract people to worship. I want church to be accessible to today’s generations while remaining authentic to the Bible and the traditions which have sustained us over the centuries”.

He added that the church was also at the forefront of social justice with many involved in establishing Foodbanks, Debt Counselling Services and outreach projects that are meeting the real need in their communities.

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BillMay 9th 2013.

Baptisms and attendances are up because people are desperate to get little Johnny and Jemima into the nice school!

RobertMay 9th 2013.

Nice one Bill, spot on fella - it's all about getting your kids into certain schools, by-passing the nearest school, fragmenting communities and on and on.. Much preferred it in my day when good, bad or ugly, you all mixed in and got an appreciation for all sections of society, not the competitive, elitism Thatcher introduced to schooling - and where has that got the UK we all ask?

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