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Churches Say “Welcome Back” *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 08 Dec, 2015 03:30 PM

Members of over eighty parishes across Wiltshire and Dorset are inviting friends and neighbours to a service on Sunday 25 September as part of the national ‘Back to Church Sunday’ campaign.

Churches Say “Welcome Back” *Updated

Back to Church Sunday 2011

It is estimated that over 4,000 UK churches will participate this year.

In the Diocese of Salisbury, most churches will welcome visitors to their usual Sunday service. Other plans include combined Harvest Festival and Back to Church Sunday services in parishes such as Harnham in Salisbury.

In Canford Cliffs, the entire Parish Electoral Roll will be invited to tea in the Church of the Transfiguration at 4pm, followed by Songs of Praise at 5pm.

In Bradford on Avon, Holy Trinity Church will host a ‘Harvest Festival and All-Age Eucharist’; a 9.30am service featuring the Trowbridge and District Youth Band and local Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, Beaver, Cub and Scout groups.

Diocesan Secretary Lucinda Herklots said today, “Back to Church Sunday is a chance for church members to invite those who have lost touch with church to come and see what being part of such a community is like today. I am delighted that an increasing number of our parishes are using this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to people of all ages and backgrounds.”


The Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings, will be interviewed on Sunday 25 September by BBC Radio Wiltshire (8.40am).

‘Back to Church Sunday’ began in the Diocese of Manchester in 2004. It spread to Wakefield Diocese in 2005, to nine dioceses in 2006, 20 in 2007, and 38 in 2008. In 2011, all 44 Church of England dioceses are participating.

Back to Church Sunday Page [removed]
The official Back to Church Sunday Website 
Church of England Press Release, 2010

Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator:
01722 438651,

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