August 4, 2011

Vicar says church doesn’t fit with modern lives


by Jan Harris

Dr Jeni Parsons, the rector of St. Katharine’s church in Matson, Gloucester says in an interview for BBC Radio Gloucestershire, that religion ‘no longer fits in with modern day life’.

Dr Parsons suggests that pressures of modern life, including the need to earn money by working at the weekend, prevent people attending church.

However, evidence that church still matters to her parishioners in Matson is apparent at occasions such as weddings, baptisms and funerals.

“People use church like the parlour, it’s for best,” she says.

“What you do there are the big celebrations and the big sadnesses in your life, but you don’t live there – it’s not your living room.

The radio series, 21st Century Faith, starts on Sunday 7 August 2011.

Last month the Church’s national assembly, the General Synod, was urged to launch a campaign to recruit worshippers.

A report, Mission Action Planning in the Church of England, found that the number of adult churchgoers in the UK has halved over a 40-year period.

The report says that this poses a significant threat to the continued existence of the Church of England.

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