Statement from the Bishop of Dover on the publication of church attendance statistics

“Statistics for church attendance in Canterbury Diocese, which are a snapshot for 2010-2011, present us with a challenge. During 2011 we accepted that challenge and put in place strategies to grow the church, re-image our ministry and build partnerships so we can work more closely with our communities. Every church in the Diocese is committed to meeting the needs of local people and sharing God’s transformational love. Through our churches and church schools, our work with children and young people, our weddings and funeral ministry and through outreach work, our strategies for growth are starting to bear fruit.”



National statistics for attendance in Church of England services in 2011, compared to 2010 show the following changes:

Christmas Attendance 2011 + 14.5 % (2.3 million)
Child Baptisms + 7.5 % (42,097)
Adult Baptisms + 5.1% (10,128)
Average Weekly Attendance 2011 -0.3% (1.1 million)
Marriages -3.6% (53,799)
Funerals -2.8% (167,124)

Average Weekly Attendance

Biggest increases: Southwell & Notts + 10.7 %, Norwich + 9%, Ripon & Leeds + 7.4% Biggest decreases: Canterbury -9.5%, Portsmouth – 8.2%, Durham -8%