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U.K. Churches Closing Down Daily

In U.K. many churches close down weekly. Some become sikh temples, mosques, factories, some are demolished for housing. Is this a particular British problem or is it happening in many other countries?

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Hello,Donna 2277 she sure was & is right about that! I used to go a church they had at least 5 offerongs/ they were "Independent"...opened up a restaurant,did alot bought new homes 2 homes, & never did get no new equitment for church,no new bldg. either! They ended up buying a small one room church...we all left seeing how they cheated the parishners.
---ELENA on 5/7/12


Many churches in the UK do close, yes.

But that is often matched with other churches that are packed solid - the one I attended had four daily services and was just about to start a fifth because people didn't fit.

But yes, the people going to church in the UK is low - but maybe in older days people would GO, but would just fall asleep in there?
---Peter on 5/4/12


Redundant church in London,UK

I am writing a short story and, I want to use a Roman Catholic Church or churches in London, UK that is not in existence anymore?

Can you tell me when the church closed and the history behind it?
I do appreciate any help you can give me!!!

Thank You,

Teresa A. Stern

United States
---Teresa_Stern on 5/4/12


I'm a student at a Christian Bible college in the States, and a member of the Men's Choir on my campus.
Recently, I had the opportunity to spend 3 weeks in the U.K. with the choir touring all over Britian in many churches.
It's true, there are many churches closing in the country. But there is still a strong church body all over the U.K. and believers are very commited to the mission.
I hope to return to Britain and work in the many church openings that are in Britain.
---John on 7/25/07


In the U.S. churches occasionally get torn down. No big loss..they are not old and beautiful and awe-inspiring as are some in the U.K.. The odd thing is that some churches, scarcely half full on Sundays,will start a "building campaign" to increase their building size or facilities...or build a whole new church! The pastor and his Board get excited.. a "build it and they will come" idea.
But sometimes all that ever ACTUALLY increases(slowly)is the "building fund".
---Donna2277 on 6/18/06




lisa..I dont think old religion is the problem..no such thing..otherwise we would be calling the bible an old fashion book and discard it then..? having a huge popular church does not mean it is the true church as well.. perhpas the gospel is not being given .. the people has turned away from God..or the pastor is a bit tatty around the edges eh...
---jana on 6/18/06


M.P., I remember when John Lennon said the Beatles were most popular than Christ. We threw a fit, seems he was right then and, sadly, now. Maybe if we reached out to people who stop attending church and try to bring them back.
---Nellah on 11/20/05


Yes, MP it does get complicated! I had forgoten for a moment "British Isles", which of course is merely a geographical term, meaning all the various islands, aincluding the whole of the island called Ireland. So the Irish (the inhabitants of Eire - which for the benefit of you others, is the Republic of (southern) Ireland) whilst denying they are British, have to agree they live in the British Isles!
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/19/05


Sadly, Nellah, the reason that so many churches are closing is not because the people are losing churches they want to keep, it is because the church is losing the people. Despite all these churches closing we are not short of buildings to worship in and do not need to meet in parks or private homes, there are simply fewer people who now go to church. They'd rather go to the supermarket or a football match.
---M.P. on 11/19/05


I must admit Alan, that I do get confused over the terms United Kingdom, British Isles and Great Britain. It's even more confusing if we refer to the British Commonwealth and the British Empire. I should have listened during history lessons!!
---M.P. on 11/19/05




People are the church. When the building is gone find somewhere else to meet. Someone's home, street corner, park, restaurant, it doesn't where. Living in the Bible belt (Mississippi) try and take our buildings and put up temples, mosques. We don't take kindly to that sort of thing. Remember where 2 or more are gathered ....
---Nellah on 11/19/05


I think MP that the UK is only England Scotland and Wales, for we are referred to as "The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland" Tjhe relationship between all these countries is hugely complicated. It would take several blogs to explain it all!
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/14/05


Lupe, the U.K. is made up of Scotland, England and Wales which are all one island, plus Northern Ireland, part of a neighbouring island. The Southern part of Ireland is not part of U.K.
---M.P. on 11/14/05


Alan, my question is what is the U.K.? I know it means United Kingdom but are this many nations together? and if so which one's? I have heard of it but never studied it. I know there is many here from many places but when I answer, in my mine I assume everyone is from here but I know there are not. I live in California. This way I can visualize what area it is when I hear of it. Love you bro.
---Lupe2618 on 10/24/05


In U.K. not only do some churches no longer have youth meetings and Sunday Schools but many no longer have prayer meetings and bible studies. Without a new intake of small children to replace the older ones going to college (or deciding this is not for them) the church declines. It declines even further and faster without a prayer meeting.
---M.A. on 10/23/05


Alan of Uk Thanks we must continue to have faith & maybe stir up the youth to seek better things An up hill task Prayer is a must.
---Emcee on 10/14/05


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I see this happening in Africa soon, I agree GOd is swifting a new breath on earth, He is getting away with tradition churches that makes the belief a religion.
Lets keep praying for him to fulfill his will on earth.
---Nashi on 10/14/05


Emcee ... the RCC suffers too.

There are areas of growth in the UK, but often they preach the prosperity gospel I have heard that this may be behind much of the growth in Africa and in Australasia nad the Eastern countries ... but how correct that is I do not know.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/14/05


do not let your hearts be troubled, its the old religion of the past that is closing down. God is breathing fresh fire all around the world. It's starting in the great south land of the holy spirit (Australia) and spreading throughout asia, eastern europe then will show up in the tradional wellsprings of what was once thought of as the bed of christianity, which sold out and God is cleansing. Don't worry, just pray and seek His face.
---lisa on 10/14/05


Alan of UK: Sad to hear the plight of christendom in the UK.what about catholic churches & parishes are they suffering the same plight.Is christianity being over run by non believeing organisations,& by virtue of numbers & immigrants? Do you think an aging population & birth control is having an effect on this strange situation?
We all need to pray & invoke Almighty god to stir the hearts of the faithful & kindle in them the fire of Divine love.
---Emcee on 10/13/05


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That is a very sad state of affairs. Many years ago I marveled at the old beautiful architecture inside as well as outside the lovely cathedrals in Europe.
I understand the same thing is happening in Belguim, Prague and many other places. They have turned into Godless countries. I pray the UK doesn't go the same way, God bless you.
---NVBarbara on 10/13/05


2. Sadly many miss them because of their historical value or architecture but not as places of worship. One is now a Sikh temple and I heard someone say "Oh well it's nice that it's still a place of worship,"!!! To what or whom? I thought. I personally would have preferred it to be demolished or sold to become a factory. Yes we do need to pray about this and I hope you all will also.
---M.P. on 10/13/05


Alan is absolutely right. I don't think there is any part of the U.K. where this is not happening. I travel by bus and on quite a regular basis as we pass one or another of the closed down or demolished churches someone will say what a shame it is and how wrong it is to close them. I feel like shouting "So why didn't you go and support it then?"
---M.P. on 10/13/05


Amor ... Sadly, there is no need to conduct any further check or audit.
Please pray for us.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/13/05


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I feel very sorry for the churchs in UK what i came to learn that many churchs are not having sunday school and youth fellwship and as we know that today's children's are the future church.I pray that the Churchs and leaders in UK will have more vision for revival and activites for children's and youth.
---solomon on 10/13/05


I suggest you verify through factual data reports whether there is really a trend in the decline of the number of churches in UK. If that is the case, a fervent prayer of church redemption is highly encourage to Christian Britons.

Here in Seoul, christian churches are in most corners of the street (how amazing!).Also, in my country the Philippines there many christian churches and its growing.

Quality and not quantity of churches is more pleasing to God.
---Amor on 10/13/05


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