News & Insights // New statistics show the cost of church repairs

Church Statistics, published in November, showed the significant financial contribution that volunteers are making to help maintain the nation’s parish churches.

Parishes across England spent more than £100 million on repairs to their church buildings in 2003 – but the cost of outstanding repairs could amount to nearly four times as much. The cost of repairs undertaken does not include the hundreds of thousands of hours' labour and other help given by volunteers who care for churches, or the cost of minor works and maintenance. The same volume of statistics also shows that more than 1.7 million people attend church and cathedral worship each month in the Church of England, while 1.2 million attend each week and one million each Sunday. They show a small but significant rise of one per cent in each of these measures of church attendance.

The Revd Lynda Barley, Head of Research and Statistics for the Archbishops' Council, said:"For the first time local churches and cathedrals have clear evidence of an increase in people attending church services. For every 50 people attending church on a typical Sunday, another 10 attend during the week."

Church Statistics 2003/4, is published by Church House Publishing priced £6.99, and is available from Church House Bookshop