Monday, September 15, 2008

On church attendance..

An interesting piece in the Telegraph about research Kristin Aune has been doing on the number of women attending church in the UK, and how this number appears to be in decline.
Over the past decade, it claims, women have been leaving churches at twice the rate of men. In addition, the census is said to show that teenage boys now outnumber girls in the pews for the first time.Dr Aune says the church must adapt to the needs of modern women if it is to stop them leaving in their droves. She believes many women have been put off going to church in recent years because of the influence of feminism, which challenged the traditional Christian view of women's roles and raised their aspirations. Her report claims they feel forced out of the church because of its "silence" about sexual desire and activity, and because of its hostility to single-parent families and unmarried couples which are now a reality for many women. But it also says changes in women's working lives, with many more now pursuing careers as well as raising children, mean they have less time to attend church. Dr Aune believes churches must now introduce services and activities that fit in better with modern's women's schedules, such as Saturday morning breakfast clubs. She said: "Gone are the days when the mother was at home during the day and had time to visit the church's coffee mornings and mother and toddler groups. With the pressures women face, churches must adapt to make themselves more accessible."
(Note: the heading is a bit of a laugh - but the question is serious -how can the churches continue to attract women as well as men while staying faithful to biblical teachings).

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:22 pm

    I know I find it annoying when women's prayer/bible study groups are held during ordinary work hours.