At­ten­dances go up at churches over Christ­mas

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE in Stafford­shire are three times more likely to go to church at Christ­mas com­pared to an av­er­age Sun­day.

Last year, 84,600 peo­ple at­tended a Christ­mas Eve or Christ­mas Day ser­vice at a Church of Eng­land church in the Lich­field dio­cese, which cov­ers Stafford­shire and part of the Black Coun­try.

This com­pares to av­er­age Sun­day at­ten­dance lev­els of 28,800 peo­ple.

The num­ber of peo­ple go­ing to a Christ­mas ser­vice in the area is at its high­est level since lo­cal fig­ures be­gan in 2012.

Num­bers were up from 84,300 at­ten­dances in 2016.

How­ever, reg­u­lar Sun­day at­ten­dance in the dio­cese has fallen to its low­est level on record, down from 29,400 on an av­er­age Sun­day in 2016.

Last Christ­mas, na­tion­wide, 2.7m peo­ple at­tended a Church of Eng­land ser­vice.

Lloyd Cooke, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Salt­box Chris­tian Cen­tre, said: “I think gen­er­ally speak­ing, most churches and de­nom­i­na­tions, big and small, will see a sig­nif­i­cant rise at Christ­mas.

“A lot of peo­ple are nom­i­nal chris­tians who don’t go to church very of­ten will want to go at Christ­mas.”

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