How Back to Church Sunday succeeded

02 November 2006


Sir, - Canon David Winter's comments about Back to Church Sunday in the Manchester diocese admit to its having had a "degree of success" ( Diary, 27 May).

Just to clarify: at least 880 people came back to church in Greater Manchester across 160 participating parishes. A university study showed that Back to Church Sunday appealed across the age range, and nine out of ten were minded to come again. Most Manchester clergy asked for the day to be repeated this year, and appreciated the quality resources offered to churches for inviting and welcoming a friend.

It is a simple idea in a complicated world. Time is precious, and at weekends perhaps especially. What is the Church to do when the pressure to go elsewhere and do other things drowns out our constant call to worship? Do we just carry on quietly, or do we raise the volume of our invitation, even borrowing marketing and campaigning ideas to get our message across?

I suggest that the "New Testament model of living and sharing the gospel" is genuinely carried on in these modern times by pioneering initiatives like this one.
Communications Director, Diocesan Church House
90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH

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