20 September 2010

It's never too late to go back to Church

Over a million people will be invited back to church this Sunday following the success of last year's largest ever ecumenical evangelism event in Britain.

Churches across the UK will be offering an especially warm welcome to people at church services and social events geared around Back to Church Sunday on 26 September. Church members have been encouraged to invite someone they know to come back to church for special services and events on the theme of 'Come as you are'.

Last year Back to Church Sunday mobilised around 6,000 churches across the world (4,650 in the UK) to invite their friends to church. As a result over 80,000 extra people attended church on Back to Church Sunday in the UK alone, with a long-term result of around 10,000 people added to the Church in one day.

Andrew Carter, Evangelism Network Development Officer, said: "Back to Church Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for many people to re-experience or experience for the first time what church is all about.

"Invitations are being sent by Methodist Churches to many people within their communities, inviting them to creative and exciting services. The vision for the Methodist Church is that in the future every Methodist Church will engage with and invite people on Back to Church Sunday."

Radio stations Classic FM and Heart FM will run adverts this week delivering a message of welcome over the airwaves into the homes of 1.3 million people. The adverts will support the 400,000 personal invitations that members of over 4,000 churches will send to their friends.

Back to Church Sunday is a joint initiative of the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Salvation Army, the Church in Wales, Churches Together in Scotland and Elim Pentecostal Churches, as well as churches in Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and continental Europe.

For more information about Back to Church Sunday, visit www.backtochurch.co.uk.

Next year's Back to Church Sunday will be on 25 September 2011.

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