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Monday, 16 December, 2002, 12:02 GMT
Anglican church attendance rising
Church interior
The figures were based on Sunday attendance
Christmas cheer has hit the Anglican church in Yorkshire.

The Diocese of Ripon and Leeds says church attendance is rising.

Comparing 2001 with the previous year, 500 more adults and 200 extra children were going to church on a Sunday.

The Bishop of Ripon and Leeds, the Right Reverend John Packer, said: "Although it is too early to say whether the figures represent a general trend, they are certainly very encouraging.

Important lessons

"We have a significant number of growing churches in the diocese and there are important lessons we can learn from them."

The figures are based on average Sunday attendance collected over a four-week period each October.

Last year, an average of 14,800 people attended Church of England churches in the Diocese compared to 14,100 in 2000.

It is the first time a year-on-year comparison has been able to be made since the introduction of a more comprehensive collection of parish and cathedral data.

Adult attendance rose by 5% and children by 9%. Nationally, attendance fell by 2%.

In the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds there are 160 stipendiary parish clergy and 262 churches.


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