Attendances go up at churches over Christmas
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.”