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Contrary to national statistical evidence that church membership is in inexorable decline, church numbers are actually growing within the Diocese of London and as far as St Bride’s Church is concerned, there are signs of hope, says its Rector, Canon David Meara.
In his annual report to be presented to the annual parochial church meeting (APCM), on April 19, Canon Meara acknowledges that there are some hard realities to face in the future. He says that these realities are that St Bride’s has no local population to draw upon, that transport problems and the threat of terrorist activity discourage people coming into central London, and that the core congregation is ‘not getting any younger!’
But against this there are encouraging signs of new members joining the church, drawn by baptisms, weddings, St Bride’s famous musical tradition and the friendliness shown to everyone visiting the church from near and far.
Canon Meara also points out that the tremendous response to the Re-endowment Appeal, successfully nearing its completion, has given St Bride’s an enormous boost for the future.
His report pinpoints a wide area of objectives for the next 12 months designed to keep St Bride’s at the forefront of Anglican worship within the City of London.