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25% of British Public Tunes in to Worship

25% of British Public Tunes in to Worship

During the Covid-19 pandemic, one in four of the British has tuned in to religious services:

A quarter of adults in the UK have watched or listened to a religious service since the coronavirus lockdown began, and one in 20 have started praying during the crisis, according to a new survey.

The survey of more than 2,000 people, commissioned by the Christian aid agency Tearfund and carried out last weekend, found that a third of young adults aged between 18 and 34 had watched or listened to an online or broadcast religious service, compared with one in five adults over the age of 55.

One in five of those who have tuned into services in the past few weeks say they have never gone to church.

And most trusted TV clergy?

Geraldine Granger (Dawn French) – Vicar of Dibley 37%
Sister Evangelina (Pam Ferris) – Call the Midwife 15%
Father Ted Crilly (Dermot Morgan) – Father Ted 15%
Rev Sidney Chambers (James Norton) Grantchester 10%
Rev Francis Seaton (Paul Chahidi) – This Country 6%
Father Michael Kerrigan (Sean Bean) – Broken 4%
Father Gerald (Rowan Atkinson) – Four Weddings and a Funeral 4%
‘The Priest’ (Andrew Scott) – Fleabag 4%
Rev Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander) – Rev 3%
Rev Timothy Farthing (Frank Williams) – Dad’s Army 3%

More details on these survey here.


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Eric Bonetti

The fact that, until now, churches have been largely oblivious to the need for a virtual presence should serve as a sobering inflection point. If church is to remain relevant, it needs to learn how to connect with the world around it, versus forming a closed system.

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