It's never too late to go back to Church

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

Churches across the UK will be offering an especially warm welcometo people at church services and social events geared around Backto Church Sunday on 26 September. Church members have beenencouraged to invite someone they know to come back to church forspecial services and events on the theme of 'Come as youare'.

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

Andrew Carter, Evangelism Network Development Officer, said: "Backto Church Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for many people tore-experience or experience for the first time what church is allabout.

"Invitations are being sent by Methodist Churches to many peoplewithin their communities, inviting them to creative and excitingservices. The vision for the Methodist Church is that in the futureevery Methodist Church will engage with and invite people on Backto Church Sunday."

Radio stations Classic FM and Heart FM will run adverts this weekdelivering a message of welcome over the airwaves into the homes of1.3 million people. The adverts will support the 400,000 personalinvitations that members of over 4,000 churches will send to theirfriends.

Back to Church Sunday is a joint initiative of the Church ofEngland, the Methodist Church, the United Reformed Church, theBaptist Union of Great Britain, the Salvation Army, the Church inWales, Churches Together in Scotland and Elim Pentecostal Churches,as well as churches in Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Canadaand 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.