Statistics released by the Church of England show that the number of baptisms in the Diocese of Winchester reached a record high in 2012, with more children and adults being baptised than there had been in any of the preceding five years.
The Archbishops’ Council’s Statistics for Mission revealed that numbers of baptisms in the Diocese of Winchester rose significantly, totalling 4110 in 2012, a marked increase from the 3910 recorded in 2011. In addition, 702 people were confirmed within the Diocese in 2012.
Average church attendance in the diocese remained consistent, whilst 59% of churches recorded that new parishioners had joined them in 2012. This amounted to a total of 2463 new worshippers across the Diocese.
Bishop of Winchester the Rt Rev Tim Dakin said, “I am delighted that these numbers show a positive commitment from the people of our Diocese to joining the Christian community across Winchester. The increase in the number of baptisms is particularly striking and shows that our Diocesan family is continuing to thrive and grow. I look forward to welcoming many more people into the Church in Winchester over the coming months and years.”
Statistics for Mission 2012 may be downloaded here.
For further information please contact the Diocesan communications team on 020 7618 9197 or email email@example.com.