Thursday, September 20, 2007

Back to Church Sunday

...is September 30th. It even has a website http://www.backtochurch.co.uk/ It's designed to be a day when people who have got out of the habit of going to church are invited back. I saw an estimate that for every 1 person in church, there are 3 who would go if they sorted themselves out to do it. Not sure how accurate that can be, but it sounds a plausible guess.

A friend of mine is also suggesting that for church-goers it should be 'not-fail-to-get-to-church
' Sunday, so we can be there for people who do come back.

And... it's the first Sunday that most University of Cumbria (fka St Martin's) students are in a position to get along to morning worship.

One local church has even spotted this connection

4 comments:

Rob McGonigle said...

Your old church St James Whitley is attempting to build for Back to Church Sunday by having our Harvest Service on the 30th followed by a harvest supper on Monday 31st.

The training in Coventry included a super talk by the customer services manager from John Lewis in Solihull. Looking at our church with the eyes of an outsider or new arrival to the area was a real relevation!

Moving the main phone contact number to a mobile number that can be passed around to be always available from the parish office/vicars number was one of the good ideas that we have tried.

Mike Peatman said...

Excellent. Good to hear things are thriving back in Whitley.

Mike Peatman said...

PS I think you mean the 1st Oct for the supper!!

Emma said...

I read that statistic also... I think back to church sunday is a really good idea as a way of encouraging people to return to church when they have no great objection to church apart from the fact they haven't been for a while and it has been so long that they wouldn't think about going on a Sunday anymore. That's a different kind of person to the type of person you would invite to alpha or similar.