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Attendance at Episcopal Worship Services Rises

May 10, 2003|From Times Wire Services

NEW YORK — Worship attendance in the Episcopal Church increased by nearly 17,000 from 1995 to 2000, and small congregations account for much of the gain, says a new study by the denomination's research director, C. Kirk Hadaway.

More Episcopal congregations are losing attendance than gaining, but increases in "a vital minority" resulted in overall growth, Hadaway said. By contrast, most mainline or liberal Protestant denominations have suffered decreases in participation and membership.

The typical Episcopal congregation has an average Sunday attendance of 80. Among the 7,364 Episcopal congregations, 33 reported attendance of more than 800.

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