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Migrants and innovation help to stem decline in church attendance

05 June 2014 | by Liz Dodd | Comments: 0

IMMIGRATION AND initiatives such as pub and cafe churches have slowed the long-term decline in church attendance across Britain, new figures have revealed.An analysis of attendance across denominations in 2013 has shown that while the number of churchgoers remains in long-term decline, attendances have been boosted by immigrant chaplaincies, black majority churches and the Fresh Expressions movement in the Church of England.Dr Peter Brierley, whose organisation Brierley Consultancy collated the statistics, told The Tablet:“You have a very interesting movement taking place in a decaying institution. There are several buds of life, sprouting more or less at the same time and vigorously for different reasons.”The figures emerged as the director of the National Shrine of Our Lady ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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