Thank you to all the PCC Secretaries, Treasurers and Parish Return Officers for taking the time to complete the 2017 Statistics for Mission returns. These statistics are crucial in helping to identify trends and to spot opportunities and to make it possible to formulate mission and outreach strategies on a longer-term basis, which will help grow the Church.

These are collated together by the Church of England to form a Statistics for Mission survey and the full report can be found here.

A summary is provided below.

  • The Worshipping Community of regular worshippers at Church of England churches in 2017 was 1.14 million people, of whom 20% were aged under 18, 49% were aged 18-69, and 32% were aged 70 or over.
  • On average, 895,000 people (86% adults, 14% children under 16) attended Church of England services and acts of worship each week in October 2017. A further 197,000 people attended services for schools in Church of England churches in an average week in October 2017.
  • The Usual Sunday attendance at Church of England churches in 2017 was 722,000 people (87% adults, 13% children under 16).
  • 1.25 million people attended Church of England churches at Easter 2017 (of whom 71% received communion).
  • 2.68 million people attended Church of England churches at Christmas 2017 (of whom 35% received communion). During Advent, 2.33 million people attended special services for the congregation and local community, and 2.80 million people attended special services for civic organisations and schools.
  • There were 106,000 Church of England baptisms and services of thanksgiving for the gift of a child during 2017.
  • There were 41,000 Church of England marriages and services of prayer and dedication after civil marriages during 2017.
  • There were 133,000 Church of England-led funerals during 2017, 59% of which took place in churches and 41% at crematoria/cemeteries.

 You can access the Parish Returns portal to add your data for 2018 here.