Warm congratulations to everyone who got right behind Back To Church Sunday this year and helped make double the difference, increasing the numbers returning from 37,000 to 82,000 in the UK, and over 104,000 worldwide.
It helps to get right behind any initiative, and BTCS doesn't happen by itself; it needs real champions.
But all the evidence is that when mission and communications people combine their energy and vision then we can give local churches a sustainable addition to the church year which delivers potential and actual growth - year after year.
Back To Church Sunday 2010 is September 26.
Here are the details for this year: the full release is at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/news/pr10909.html
Church House Communications write:
- The number of people returning to the Church of England on 27 September 2009 alone could have filled the O2 arena in London twice over – and still left a queue of 7,000 (the highest quoted membership of the National Secular Society) outside without a seat;
- The total number of people returning to participating Churches across the UK would have filled Old Trafford, home of Manchester United FC;
- If a conservative estimate of 12 per cent of returners continue into more regular chuchgoing, Back to Church Sunday 2009 will have added 9,900 people to UK pews – almost twice the maximum capacity of the Royal Albert Hall.