Im from greater Manchester, England, and i just thought id let you know what the Anglican church is doing in my area. Thank God Im a Catholic. The item is from Sky News
"[The Church of England is trying to encourage people to return to the fold with goody-bags and chocolate bars.
Churchgoers from 160 churches in the Greater Manchester have been asked to invite a friend to services for the trial scheme.
To help lend an “open day” feel, Back to Church packs were put together including posters, credit card-style invitations and goody-bags featuring a “missing you” emblem.
Back to School Sunday has been backed by a Christian businessman along with Co-op Supermarkets which has donated 3,500 Fairtrade chocolate bars for distribution to newcomers through goody-bags at the end of services.
The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev Nigel McCulloch, said: "People can lose touch with church for simple reasons - a house move for example - some of the reasons are more complex.
“It’s helpful for us as a church to hear why people left and what might encourage them back to their local church.” The bishop has highlighted the contrast in the decline in churchgoers and 2001 Census results which show more than 70% of people in the UK say they are Christians."
Eeek:banghead: Them Anglicans!