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Church of England’s weekly attendance falls below 1 million

January 13, 2016

Less than 2% of the English population now worships in an Anglican church on the average Sunday, according to statistics released by the Church of England on January 12.

“On average, 980,000 people attended church each week in October 2014,” according to the new report. “Average weekly attendance at church (including fresh expressions of church) has decreased by 12% in the decade since 2004.”

In England, “12% of births during 2014 were marked by a Church of England infant baptism or thanksgiving service; 31% of deaths were marked by a Church of England funeral,” the report added.


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  • Posted by: chady - Jan. 14, 2016 10:46 AM ET USA

    A former headmaster of a Catholic Primary school observed at a Sunday Parish Mass in a North Midlands city [UK] out of 250+ pupils there were only 10 pupils at Sunday Mass? As this observation was taken around 1998 one wonders what the pupil attendance figure would be today?

  • Posted by: DanS - Jan. 13, 2016 6:32 PM ET USA

    I'm tempted to gloat, but the Anglican Church suicide is a catastrophic tragedy, one which will be followed verily by its brethren Episcopals in the US. A cautionary tale for Holy Mother Church and her obstinate children.