The Church of England has released it's 2014 attendance figures. The statistics show that attendance has now fallen below 1 million for the first time. Speaking on the publication of the statistics the Rt. Revd. Graham James (Bishop of Norwich) said:
'The 2014 figures are not in any way a surprise. Whilst the recent trend of the past decade continues, it has been anticipated and is being acted on radically. The story is not one of inevitable decline. During 2013-14 some dioceses continued to increase their attendance. In the past 12 months alone there are examples of growth and new churches across the country. In my own diocese the church of St Thomas Norwich has grown from 50 to 450 people in the past two years.'
The report also notes:
Attendance statistics do not tell the whole story. There are many things that churches do that are not included in these data from running homelessness services and hosting foodbanks, to educating a million children a day in our schools to providing welcome and accompaniment to the least, the last and the lost in our society.
St Thomas Norwich is pleased to be an example of church growth in Norfolk and across the country. Thank you to all of you for your support as we look ahead to a new year, where we want to see the Church continue to grow in Norwich and beyond. Let us continue and increase our impact in our communities and remind people of the good work the Church can provide.