Friday, 30 March 2007

Back to Church Sunday gets a boost in Colchester Episcopal Area

The latest edition of Colchester Connections, the news letter of the Colchester Episcopal Area Team, contains a major item on Back to Church Sunday, urging as many churches as possible to get involved.

According to statistics, forty percent of the UK population are people who have stopped attending church for various reasons. “It is to them,” Canon Penny Horseman writes, “that this initiative is addressed.”

“Here is an idea,” she says, “that will work whatever area you live in.”
“I am happy,” she continues, “to come and speak to deaneries, benefices and parishes about the experience of other churches in doing this and to add a few tips of my own.”

In Saffron Walden deanery, the Rural Dean has responded positively to the suggestion that churches across the deanery might work together.

Meanwhile, the PCC at St Peter’s, Ugley, voted last night to put B2CS at the top of their priorities for outreach this year. They are also going to contact local churches and campaign together.

One suggestion by a PCC member was that adverts could be displayed on the back of local buses. Another suggestion was a half-page advertisement in local papers.

Back to Church Sunday is on September 30th. Churches must order materials by the end of May.

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