Church chief says less formal worship is pushing up attendance

Dudley News: The Rt Revd Dr John Inge says less formal styles of worship may be helping to push up church attendances The Rt Revd Dr John Inge says less formal styles of worship may be helping to push up church attendances

DUDLEY’S church leaders say less formal styles of worship are behind an increase in church attendances.

New figures show 400 more people went to a Church of England service in 2012 than in 2011 across the Diocese of Worcester, which includes the parish of Dudley.

The statistics show in an average week 14,800 people attended a service, compared to 14,400 in 2011, half were children.

The number of people attending on an average Sunday also increased from 11,500 to 11,900.

The Bishop Worcester, the Rt Revd Dr John Inge, said: “Churches throughout Worcestershire and Dudley have been working hard to reach out to their local communities.

“Alongside the traditional Sunday services, many now provide a variety of other less formal kinds of worship.

“I believe that this increase in attendance reflects this work and demonstrates that the Church and Jesus are as relevant to people’s lives now as they have ever been.”

Statistics from 2012 show in the Diocese of Worcester there were more than 1,000 weddings, 2,500 baptisms and 3,000 funeral services.

More than 18,000 people attended services at Easter and 36,800 attended a Christmas service.

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5:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Russell Eden says...

Wow. Impressive! 400 people, half of which were children, so most probably not there by their own free will. That's what happened when I was a child. I was made to go to CoE school and church, but never wanted to. What's 400 as a percentage of the diocese population?
Wow. Impressive! 400 people, half of which were children, so most probably not there by their own free will. That's what happened when I was a child. I was made to go to CoE school and church, but never wanted to. What's 400 as a percentage of the diocese population? Russell Eden
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8:18pm Mon 24 Mar 14

The Villan says...

Sarcasm at its worst. Don't mock what people believe in Russell, the figures may only be very small, and your childhood memories may not be the most happy, but live and let live mate.
Sarcasm at its worst. Don't mock what people believe in Russell, the figures may only be very small, and your childhood memories may not be the most happy, but live and let live mate. The Villan
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10:39am Tue 25 Mar 14

Russell Eden says...

I'm honoured. I'm actually sickened too, by this sanctimonious lot. They take tax payers' money for their faith schools, then demand that tax payers attend church before they'll allow their children in. Schools should be free from religion, and thereby free to be attended by all, religious or not.

My childhood was happy, but it's when you get to look back with the benefit of age and knowledge that you realise that it's a brainwashing machine. I did the lot, CoE school, sunday school, Scout movement, etc. All with a religious bent, and all about teaching division. I pity those children being made to attend church.
I'm honoured. I'm actually sickened too, by this sanctimonious lot. They take tax payers' money for their faith schools, then demand that tax payers attend church before they'll allow their children in. Schools should be free from religion, and thereby free to be attended by all, religious or not. My childhood was happy, but it's when you get to look back with the benefit of age and knowledge that you realise that it's a brainwashing machine. I did the lot, CoE school, sunday school, Scout movement, etc. All with a religious bent, and all about teaching division. I pity those children being made to attend church. Russell Eden
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