No one goes to church these days.
This is one of the media's favourite church-related stories, but......
....here are the facts recently collated by the Archbishops' Council for General Synod members.
The Church of England
- Conducts a thousand weddings a week
- Provides activities outside of church worship for 470,000 children and young people
- provides primary schools for 25 per cent of England's children, and 1 in 16 secondary schools have a CofE affiliation, many in deprived areas, as here in Bermondsey
- Conducts two thousand baptisms every week
- 35 per cent of the population attend a CofE service at Christmas
- 1.6 million people per month attend a CofE service
- Congregations give £49m to charity each year
- Churchgoers contribute 23.2 million hours per month to voluntary organisations in the community (in addition to their service to the church)
- 85 per cent of the population visit a church each year
- And the Church in London is growing, including here in Bermondsey.