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Diocese of Carlisle reports growth in church attendance

The Church of England in Cumbria has seen growth in attendance, according to annual statistics released today.

And the number of children and young people attending is up by nearly a fifth.

Overall, Average Weekly Attendance increased by 4% across the Diocese of Carlisle, with figures up from 15,500 to 16,200.

Almost half of the Church of England’s regional areas saw growth in Church attendance, with 20 out of 44 dioceses showing increases.

The latest figures which compare attendances year on year from 2010 to 2011, also show an 18% increase in the number of children and young people attending Church.

This was a trend mirrored nationally, with a 1.2% increase in children and young people attending.

The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Revd James Newcome, said: “These figures are a welcome reminder of the work and service being undertaken by the Church of England both in this diocese and nationally.

“The attendance figures are heartening. The encouraging news of further growth to come is welcome and points to growing trends.

“As we continue to move forward with our diocesan vision of Growing Disciples, it’s encouraging to see there are more and more people both coming to church and coming to know the love of our Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ.”

While the number of infant baptisms fell from 1,930 to 1,650, there were increases in child and adult baptisms across the Diocese and the number of Thanksgivings more than doubled.

Bishop James added: “The growth of the numbers of children and young people attending is an encouragement and reflects the investment made by churches across the county on youth and children’s workers to serve not only the church but the whole parish.

“The increase in the number of adults being baptised is also good news showing growth in the numbers of those both coming to faith and reflects the wide nature of the ministry offered by the Church – for all of life from the cradle to the grave.”

The figures for Christmas and Easter attendance in the diocese were down but nationally 14.5% more worshippers went to Church of England Christmas Day services.

Both locally and nationally there was also a drop in the number of weddings and funerals.

The figures can be accessed at




For further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Officer, on 07984 927434 or at


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