Anne Thomas in Christian Today
Churches across the UK welcomed thousands of lapsed Christians back to church on Sunday.
Back to Church Sunday, now in its fourth year, saw churches hand out thousands of no strings attached invites people in their local communities over the last few weeks. The Church of England hoped that as many as 30,000 people would make the return to church on Sunday.
The initiative was the culmination of months of preparation for some churches. In the last week, clergy went to special lengths to invite former churchgoers to their Back to Church Sunday service.
The Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Rev Tony Porter, headed down to Welbeck Colliery on Tuesday to hand out special Back to Church invitations to miners coming off their shifts.
“The coal mines are an important part of our heritage and many of our communities were established around the local pit … Our message this year is that everyone is a VIP and important to God – we are trying to extend our invitations as widely as possible,” he said.