- The National Church has asked for 2021 statistics to be submitted by the deadline of 31st January 2022.
It's time to begin this year's national review of church attendance and participation through the Church of England's process we know as 'Statistics for Mission', and of course it begins with the famous 'October count' where each church is asked to provide some information about that month's services.
Last year's process was quite different from previous years as the church tried to chart the effects of COVID-19, and this year's 'Stats for Mission' process will still follow that pattern in many ways. In particular, you will see that the long-established 'USA' - Usual Sunday Attendance' - figure is not requested, since probably none of us have had a 'usual Sunday' since early 2020. You'll also be asked about 'Church at Home' again too, in case your church’s online provision has continued into October.
Two suggestions you might like to note:
- If you have unusual or one-off services in October that may attract a number of visitors (a harvest celebration, perhaps; a large Christening, or a significant anniversary or festival), please mention this in the 'comments' that can be added to online submissions. People are sometimes concerned that the numbers don't present a 'typical' picture, and we'd like to understand too.
- If you're counting people in a group of (probably rural) churches where you know that a number of people will move from one church in the group to another depending on monthly or weekly service patterns, you can add comments to this effect too; alternatively, if it's easier, you can collect figures at group level, and please explain in the comments that this is what you’ve done - but remember you will still need to enter Electoral Roll and Occasional Offices numbers by individual church.
If you need more clarification or help, do contact Diocesan Information Analyst Anna Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01904 202567.