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Reading the national press, you might be forgiven for thinking that the Church of England and the Anglican Communion are in terminal decline riven by schism and uncertain how to respond to the challenges of the 21st century, Canon David Meara, Rector of St Bride's Church told the annual parochial church meeting
But from grass roots level, he says, things look different. The Electoral Roll or register of regular worshippers has topped the 400 mark. The average attendance at Sunday morning services was 150 in the past year, and the numbers are gradually going up. In the Christmas services, about 1,300 people entered the doors of St Bride's and well over 800 during Holy Week and Easter. These are remarkable figures, considering that, with the exception of a small number who live locally, most worshippers face extensive journeys to the church, which lies close to Ludgate Circus.
During the past year, there have been 35 baptisms, 22 weddings, six funerals and 33 memorial services.