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Cathedrals In England Welcome Over 10 Million Annually (posted 20 August 2015)

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Cathedral in England Welcome over 10 Million Annually

Chichester Cathedral
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More than 10 million people visited Cathedrals in England in 2014, according to new figures publised on 19 August 2015 in the Church of England's Cathedral Research and Statistic Report.  Research shows that the highest motivating factors for Cathedral attendance were peace and contemplation, worship and music and friendly atmosphere.

In 2014 the average number of adults and children attending Cathedral services each week was 36,000.  This has increased by more than a fifth in the last decade.  The three regions showing the strongest growth are Yorkshire and the Humber, London and the South East.  Key aspects of growth that have been identified were creating a sense of community, quality of worship, service, preaching and music, exploring new patterns of service, spiritual openess and emphasis on families and young people.

Bev Botting, Head of Research and Statistics at the Archbishops Council, said: "Over the last decade we have seen growth in both visitors and worship at Cathedrals.  Cathedrals promote spiritual openess, inclusivity and diversity in membership and outreach.  Christmas and Easter are particularly busy times but we have also seen the increase of adult and child mid-week attendance.  Cathedrals continue to play an important role in religious life, education and music."

The number of young people attending educational events at cathedrals increased by nearly 14% between 2004 and 2014.  At the centre of cathedral life is the daily offering of worship and praise.  4000 child and adult choristers were involved in providing  traditional choral music in 2014, half as volunteers.  Indeed over the last ten years the number of volunteers supporting the mission and ministry of cathedrals has risen to 15,200.

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