Christmas attendance at services in cathedrals last year reached its highest figure since records began, statistics published today show. A one year rise of 5%, meant that 131,000 people came to cathedrals to worship last Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Increased attendances were also recorded at services in Advent with 635,000 coming to worship during the busy pre-Christmas build-up. Average weekly attendances at services on a Sunday also increased to 18,700.

Meanwhile, over 10 million people visited cathedrals and Westminster Abbey with half donating or paying for entry.

The Rt Revd John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, and lead bishop for cathedrals and church buildings, said:

“Behind these figures lie stories of worship, learning, exploring faith and spirituality and encountering God at times of joy and despair.

“Through new forms of worship, bringing people of all faiths and none together, and serving the young and old alike, these amazing places continue to be at the heart of national life.”


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2 thoughts on “ feature Revd David Patterson atheist Church of England vicar”

  1. Some very interesting stuff in that little clip, but I did find myself proclaiming “what!?” rather a lot during his little section. Of course the parables of Jesus can teach lessons without there being a God. All very strange. Why on earth someone who doesn’t believe in God would work for a Church in a role like that of a vicar is quite confusing. I suppose it does say something about the way in which, certainly at that time (not being CofE I can’t comment on current practice), the Church of England appointed vicars if they didn’t at least check that a potential vicar, you know, actually believes in God!

    1. Thanks for the comment Ally, I agree on both sides it doesn’t make sense – why would you want to work for the Church of England if that is your position, there are plenty of charities that do good with doing faith so why not work there; and then how on earth did he get through the selection panels when we hear of good people being turned down – it does all seem slightly bizarre.

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