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Church services too long, complains British bishop

The Rev. Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Lichfield, told a group of clergy in a speech in his London diocese this week that church services have become too long, recommending “clergy should aim to keep the time of worship to no more than 50 minutes.”

The bishop continued to say that worship has become “too complicated, leaving people who are not regular churchgoers feeling confused and excluded.”

“One of the reasons for our recent decline in churchgoing is we are not making the occasional worshipper feel welcome,” he said.

“You have got to be quite tough to come to some of our services if you are not a regular attender. We’re praying for longer and we’re singing for longer.”

Most religious leaders say Sunday morning church services already have to compete with shopping, lying in bed, or taking the day off, and the idea of spending two hours dedicated to worship is not very appealing in today’s society.

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Allan

posted July 6, 2011 at 7:38 am


So, the bishop feels we must shorten our services to meet the needs of what the parish priest in the Episcopal church I attended when I was younger used to call the Society of the Nativity and the Resurrection (those who get to church on Christmas and Easter). Well maybe we could shorten tdhe services on Christmas and Easter and have the full service the rest of the year.



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