Just one in ten attends church weekly, survey reveals

 just one in 10 adults attends church weekly in the UK, according to a survey published this week. Although more than half of those questioned called themselves Christian, 66 percent said they had no connection with a church. The survey by the Christian relief and development agency Tearfund found that only one in seven British adults attends church each month, with nearly three million more people saying they would attend church only if they were asked. Regular churchgoing is highest among adults of black ethnic origin at 48 percent - over three times the proportion among white adults (15 percent). The largest denominations among ethnic majority churches overall are Pentecostal (23 percent), Roman Catholic (23 percent) and Church of England/Anglican (19 percent). Dr Elaine Storkey, President of Tearfund, who also lectures in Theology at the University of Oxford, said: "This survey is a valuable contribution to exploring what people in Britain today think about church, why people attend and crucially, what is most likely to encourage people to make a connection with church." Storkey, told the BBC that "the church for a lot of people is a very strange place these days. They're not familiar with what's going on inside the building, with the form of service, with the way people gather, with what they say, how they pray." Source: CISA

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