Churchgoing among kids plummets as parents admit they could do more to share Christian faith

Apr 2, 2017 by

by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today:

More than nine in ten Christian parent admit they could do more to share their faith with their kids.

Fewer than three-quarters of parents say they share Bible stories with their children and just one in four find it helpful to talk about faith with their kids, according to  national charities Care for the Family and HOPE in a new report today.

The research revealed that despite 95 per cent of parents acknowledging it is largely their responsibility to teach their children Christian faith, 92 per cent admitted they could be doing more.

According to Christian Research, the Church in the UK will have lost an estimated 1.1 million children between 1990 and 2020. By the year 2020, at the current rate of decline, just 183,700 children aged under 15 will attend church compared to 375,300 in 2010.

Care for the Family, a national charity that aims to strengthen family life, and supports families of all faiths and none claims their research demonstrates that parents, not church leaders, are their children’s biggest influencers when it comes to encouraging faith in their children.

But many parents feel ill-equipped or simply don’t know where to start. Barriers to nurturing faith include family time being devoted to other activities and lack of confidence.

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See also:

Church crisis as generation of older helpers is dying out, by Steve Doughty, MailOnline

Elephant in the Cathedral: why are so many Anglican holy places empty? by Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

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