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12:00pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in Letters
WILL there be any free churches (Methodist, United Reform, Baptist) in the Malvern area in 10 years time?
I am prompted to ask the question following the large advertisement in the paper last week for the Malvern Hills Life Church opening in the Malvern Vale Community Centre.
Of course, I wish the church a good move in going to this new venue.
The free churches provide worship, solid preaching and fellowship, and promote justice issues for thinking Christians.
In terms of religious offerings they are now sandwiched between a large number of Anglican churches with various liturgical offerings and far too many buildings for the area, and the newer evangelical churches with lively but “easy-message”
The next 10 years will be a critical time for traditional British churches.
The serious decline in traditional religious practice started in the 1960s, but the most serious consequences have been delayed because people now live longer with the medium age of traditional church people now being about 65 – the figure for the population as a whole is 46.
How should the local free churches meet the challenge in an appropriate and timely fashion for the benefit of future generations ?
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