New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
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

Vicar

South West

DIOCESE OF TRURO Vicar of St Austell parish,Cornwall we are looking for a vicar who will be excited by the way that God has led us so far and feel called to help us achieve our vision for the f...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

Not only dancing in the aisles

Not only dancing in the aisles

From skateboarding to real ale, churches are being used to engage with their localities in ever more imaginative ways. Pat Ashworth reports  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Should churchpeople resist the proposed liberalisation of Sunday trading laws?

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

Listen to the Spirit - on the bus

A new initiative offers an appealing means of encouraging prayer, says Richard Chartres  Subscribe to read more

Mon 8 Feb 16 @ 9:55
@mwalimurural @MirandaTHolmes @thirdway Full story on the closure of Third Way can be read here https://t.co/oozFGDFA3L

Mon 8 Feb 16 @ 9:50
RT @revphilipgreenI note Jim Cotter's #Compline companion is in the @ChurchTimes sale for £3.00. It would be tragic to not to buy one! https://t.co/7AnD1iGg4b