The Translating God Research Project

45% of 10–15-year-olds identified as Christian in 2010. By 2021 that had dropped to just 27%

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  • 1 There is no regularly published data on the number of children and young people attending churches, but in 2011 the average weekly attendance of 0-16 year olds at a Church of England service (excluding school services) was 207,000. In 2021 it had reduced by almost two thirds to 75,000 (Statistics for Mission, 2021).
  • 2 The percentage of those who have a more active or concrete faith is even smaller, with 12% of 13–17-year-olds in the UK calling themselves Christians and reporting that they have made a personal commitment to follow Jesus Christ (Open Generation, 2021, Barna).
  • 3 The Z-A of faith and spirituality (2020) Youth for Christ
  • 4 The groups took place in all four nations, and eight of the nine regions in England. Seven were done online and the rest in person.
  • 5 These were Jonah 1-4, Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well – John 4:4-30, Jesus calling Peter and Peter’s betrayal and restoration - Luke 5:1-11, Luke 22: 32-34, Luke 22:54-62, Jesus meeting Zacchaeus – Luke 19:1-10, and the paralysed man who was lowered through the roof – Luke 5:17-26

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