WESTPORT, Conn. – “Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston.
National “Back to Church Sunday” is an initiative “Inviting America Back to Church.” It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" — people who once attended church, but don't any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday.
Back to Church Sunday was launched four years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the United States. Results showed a personal invitation from a family member would prompt 67 percent of Americans to visit a church and 63 percent said an invitation from a friend or neighbor would prompt them to attend a service.
“In our over-scheduled, high-stress world, people may look at church and think of it as just one more thing to add to their busy lives,'' said Pastor Ed Horne of the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston.
"Being part of a caring faith community, however, helps to put everything else in perspective. There's just no substitute for the love of God that we find in worshipping and serving with others on a regular basis. It reminds us who we are, sets our priorities straight, and gives us an inner peace and contentment that nothing else can. That's why I'm so excited about participating in Back to Church Sunday---it helps us focus on what is truly important in life,”
Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participants have invited an estimated 7.5 million family members, friends, and neighbors to their churches.
About 14,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than two million visitors.
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