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British Baptist Union loses 30,000 children in two years; increases in adult attendance


(BP) - Children's attendance in the Baptist Union of Great Britain has fallen by more than 30,000 during a two-year period, according to a report by Christian Today in London Oct. 25.

The information is based on annual statistics provided by the union's 2,000 churches and shows that the steady attendance of about 100,000 children under the age of 12 throughout the 1990s has dropped to around 65,000.

Meanwhile, the churches saw a 21 percent increase in adult attendance from 1998 to 2003, and the number of baptisms also increased by more than 25 percent.

Statistics also show that children's attendance dropped by 15 percent within the Baptist Church in Germany over the same two-year period.