Posts Tagged ‘church attendance’

Why my church grew during the pandemic

Monday, November 29th, 2021

My church grew during the pandemic; we can’t find seats. The pews are full. This has been my family’s experience at St Rita Catholic Church most Sundays since the pandemic began. Some weeks, there’s barely enough standing room in the vestibule. When other churches were shutting their doors, ours remained open. Sure enough, the faithful Read more

Catholic bishops tolerate society’s Covid restrictions – for now

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

The New Zealand Catholic bishops are prepared to tolerate the State’s sweeping public health measures, however, they want the mandates and vaccine pass requirements to be continually reviewed. Their support of the government’s Covid measures is contingent on and only justified by, “the emergency situation as it exists at this point in time.” While all Read more

Will COVID-19 Lead to a long-term shift in church attendance?

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

We are entering truly unprecedented times for people of faith. Churches, synagogues, and mosques around the world have suspended regular worship services for an indefinite period of time. This coming weekend may represent the fewest people engaging in corporate worship in the last two millennia. This is uncharted waters for those in church leadership. Many Read more

Solving the problem of decreasing church attendance frequency

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

A phenomenon is impacting churches. Maybe your church is an anomaly. But most churches—regardless of size and denominational affiliation—are experiencing a decrease in attendance frequency. Attendance frequency measures how often a person comes to church. For example, an “active” member was once considered someone who came twice, or even three times a week. Today an Read more

Synod says Sunday services no longer compulsory

Monday, February 25th, 2019

A Church of England synod has decided to put aside a centuries-old requirement for every church in every benefice to celebrate the weekly Sunday services. The synod says the rules will be amended to say morning and evening prayer need only be held at “at least one church within a benefice, which might include multiple Read more

Wellington’s new parking fees may affect church attendance

Monday, August 27th, 2018
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The Wellington City Council has voted to introduce weekend parking fees in the city. Previously there were two hours of free weekend parking in the CBD. Now the parking fee will be $2.50 per hour. The parish priest of St Mary of the Angels, Fr Conroy SM, told CathNews that the new charges will have a significant impact on those attending Read more

Why they go to church and why they don’t

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Why do some people go to church and others stay away? A new Pew Research Center study offers  a survey of 4,729 Americans telling us precisely why they do (or don’t) attend religious services. Read more Related Posts:Church goers less likely to believe there is…Sydney restrictions: Religious services wait until…30% of US congregations won’t survive Read more

Church attendance influences donations, generosity

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Church attendance influences the likelihood of congregations to donate to religious institutions, a report from Giving USA has found. It also influences how generous the donations are. The report says “Most strikingly, those attending religious services once a month or more make an average annual religious contribution of $1,848, while those attending religious services less Read more

Attending church is good for your health

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The latest in a long line of studies, now numbering in the hundreds, if not thousands, shows that church attendance is good for your health. Published in May by researchers from Vanderbilt University, the study found that middle-aged adults who attended religious services at least once in the past year were half as likely to die prematurely Read more

Baby boomers not lacking in spirituality

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Baby boomers do not lack in spirituality, according to Right Reverend Ray Coster, the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in New Zealand. He says they just expressed it in different ways. He said while baby boomers and their children were the ones most likely not to belong to a church because they struggled with the Read more