Student chapel numbers beat regular Sunday worship figures

Aug 22, 2019 by

from Christian Today:

University students are attending chapel services at a higher rate than the rest of the population, challenging the notion that young people aren’t interested in church.

Fifty-four Anglican college chapels across Durham University, Oxford and Cambridge were surveyed by the Church of England, with data being received from 40 of them — four at Durham, 19 at Oxford and 17 at Cambridge, The Times reports.

The figures showed that there were twice as many students making their way to chapel on Sunday than there were adults in the rest of the population attending services at regular churches.

According to the survey, some 1,388 students were attending Sunday services across the 40 chapels, equating to 2.9 per cent of students studying at the universities when extrapolated across all 54 chapels.

That figure is far higher than the 1.3 per cent in the rest of the population attending weekly Church of England services.

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