Only 15 per cent of Anglicans typically attend church

The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke

The Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke

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The Church of Ireland has a claimed membership of 378,000 on the island of Ireland, yet a reliable census of those attending worship on three Sundays last November revealed that only 15 per cent of this number were in the pews.

The Church undertook a parish-based census exercise with a view to enabling dioceses and the various parishes to plan ahead for spiritual and numerical growth on an evidential rather than an anecdotal basis.

The census was based on a postal paper questionnaire returned by parishes, and average Sunday attendance figures were gathered over three Sundays in November 2013, excluding Remembrance Sunday.


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