New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
Gazette >

They keep on coming


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.


Job of the week

Team Rector

North West

The Loughrigg Team Partnership Team Rector for the parishes of Ambleside, Brathay and Langdale The Loughrigg Team is situated in and around the small town of Ambleside in the South Lakes area of ...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

It depends what you mean by ‘gaps’

It depends what you mean by ‘gaps’

John Polkinghorne, physicist, priest, and writer, will be 85 on 16 October. Patrick Miles talked to him  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Does the funeral profession need tighter regulation?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

In forgetfulness of the Kingdom

The Church has cut Jesus’s teaching from the heart of its worship, says Hugh Rayment-Pickard  Subscribe to read more

Thu 8 Oct 15 @ 19:20
The new issue of the Church Times is out tomorrow. Here's our preview >

Thu 8 Oct 15 @ 16:25
The new issue of the Church Times is out tomorrow. Here's our preview >