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CHURCH weddings in Manchester diocese are up by five per cent despite all the alternative venues that are now fashionable. There were 1450 in 2004, up by 60 from the previous year. Steve and Katie Allen (right), who married at Christ Church, Pennington, were just one couple who felt that church was the place for the most important promises they will ever make.

Infant baptisms also rose by two per cent, and child baptisms by four per cent, a total of 4970 children received into the Church. And that doesn’t take account of the parents who opt for the new thanksgiving services for their babies: their numbers rose from 330 to 380.

We all know that churches were fuller than ever last Christmas, but Manchester is among the dioceses that have seen a small but steady increase in weekly adult attendance across the diocese of one per cent. Definitely not "dwindling" as much of the national media would have us believe.

 

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