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
Communications Director, Diocesan Church House
90 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GH