Church leaders see positives in attendance rise

Rev John Bennett leads an Easter march through Spalding town centre from St Mary and St Nicholas Church. Photo:  SG290313-112TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Rev John Bennett leads an Easter march through Spalding town centre from St Mary and St Nicholas Church. Photo: SG290313-112TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Church leaders in South Holland believe a rise in the number of people attending services is a sign of the impact they are having in the community.

Latest figures from the Church of England showed that Lincoln diocese, including South Holland, had the second highest rise in average Sunday attendances in the country.

Rev John Bennett, vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, said: “Overall, our numbers have increased a little and there are fresh faces in the congregation every week.

“Some come regularly but others just feel the need to come to church occasionally.”

Father Jonathan Sibley, vicar of St Mary’s Church, Long Sutton, said: “It was noticeable that our recent flower festival attracted more visitors than ever with about 9,000 people attending.

“There have also been increased numbers of families moving into the area and coming to St Mary’s for baptisms, blessings and general services, so church attendances are going up in Long Sutton.”