The Bishop of Warrington has welcomed the fact that the census results have shown a strong affiliation to Christianity across the Diocese of Liverpool.
The Bishop of Warrington has welcomed the fact that the census results have shown a strong affiliation to Christianity across the Diocese of Liverpool. Figures released today have shown that in our diocese, 75.2% consider themselves Christian. In the Knowsley area that figure leaps to 80.9% – the highest proportion in the country. This compares with a national average of 59.3%
The Rt Rev Richard Blackburn said “While nationally there appears to have been a decline in those showing an affiliation with Christianity the figures for our diocese only show a small decline of 8%. They are supported by our own figures which show that church attendance in our diocese has risen.”
In the Summer Bishop James was able to announce that we are a growing diocese saying “Our average weekly attendance in 2009-2011 is up 6.2% of adults and 11% of children across both inherited church and Fresh Expressions. We now have 78 Fresh Expressions of Church within the Diocese which is 38% of our parishes.”
We have also seen large numbers returning to church on Back to Church Sunday over the last 4 years.
Bishop Richard added “there are clearly some challenges ahead for the national church and in Liverpool we are by no means complacent. We will need to study the census results as they continue to come out to show But I think that this shows the relevance that the Christian faith has for the people of Merseyside. Week in week out our churches are working in all parishes providing a vital ministry to the communities of Merseyside”
As Christmas approaches churches across our diocese will be reminding the community that Christmas starts with Christ by celebrating his birth and through living out his example with Foodbanks, debt counselling and other measures that bring light into these difficult examples.
Bishop Richard said “the church is about more than Sunday and the efforts of our clergy and congregations are showing that the Gospel message is alive in our region”