Church of England parish boosts its flock 20-FOLD after adopting traditional services

A Church of England parish has boosted its flock 20-fold after adopting traditional services abandoned by most Anglicans.

By 2010, St Marylebone in central London had seen its regular congregation fall to just six people.

But since the Rev Canon Dr Stephen Evans began to conduct services from the 500-year-old Book of Common Prayer attendance has risen. 

Since the Rev Canon Dr Stephen Evans (pictured) began to conduct services from the 500-year-old Book of Common Prayer attendance has risen

Since the Rev Canon Dr Stephen Evans (pictured) began to conduct services from the 500-year-old Book of Common Prayer attendance has risen

Since the Rev Canon Dr Stephen Evans (pictured) began to conduct services from the 500-year-old Book of Common Prayer attendance has risen

It now stands at 100-plus, despite virus restrictions. 

Dr Evans says the old prayer book’s ‘rich liturgical and linguistic heritage’ clearly still has wide appeal. 

Phrases which originated in the Book of Common Prayer include ‘till death us do part’, ‘land of the living’, ‘at death’s door’, ‘all my worldly goods’, ‘the upper hand’, ‘fire and brimstone’ and ‘peace in our time’.

Only a small minority of churches have used it since 1980, when a modern language version was introduced.

Since the 1970s Sunday Church of England congregations have slumped by around half.

Since the 1970s Sunday Church of England congregations have slumped by around half. Pictured: The parish church of St Marylebone

Since the 1970s Sunday Church of England congregations have slumped by around half. Pictured: The parish church of St Marylebone

Since the 1970s Sunday Church of England congregations have slumped by around half. Pictured: The parish church of St Marylebone

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