Tuesday, 7 May 2013
CofE Statistics Released
The figures are in for 2011 and, like the Curate's Egg, not all of it is bad:
Christmas (2011) saw a year-on-year increase of 14.5% more worshippers to our services with a grand total of 2,618,030 (and the 2012 are looking to be better still).
Baptisms also increased by 4.3% (with a rise of just over 5% in adult baptisms) bringing the combined number of baptisms for 2011 to 139,751 baptisms.
Thanksgiving Services also increased by 11.9% (that's 6,582 for the year).
Frown a little at:
Average Weekly Attendance which fell by 0.3% (which is almost static!) to 1,091,484 and leads one to smile (again) that the decline has been (nationally) arrested and smile even more that this means that many places are seeing growth to bring this about (Praise God or what?).
Smile again that:
Growth - around half of the regions are reporting growth in Church attendance, with 46% (20 out of 44 dioceses) enjoying increases.
Young People - A 1.2% increase in children and young people attending (risen to 216,928).
Need some work with
Weddings which decreased by 3.6% (perhaps we need to look at the preparation and welcome/image and prices?) - that said, we still did 51,880.
Wedding Blessings - have risen by 4.5% (so we must be doing something right!).
An interesting aside comes in the information that the trend over the past decade has been that the CofE married an average of 1,000 couples every week and that is pretty much maintained (but needs some real work).
Funeral numbers have fallen slightly as in 2011 there was a year-on-year drop of 2.8% (that's still 162,526) but the ONS (Office for National Statistics) posts a fall of 1.8% death for the same period so there is some correlation When you think that we do more than 3,000 funerals each and every week (400 a day) it is obvious that this pastoral office is a large part of the parochial mission and ministry to those around us!
Cheering news to send us all back to our kneelers methinks