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Catering for the young is losing church its flock

A COUPLE I know attended their local Methodist church for many years, playing a large role in its music-making and pastoral care.

Their reasons for attending that church were their desire to worship with a congregation which shared their faith and with ministers who brought a deep and thoughtful level of substance to the sermons and activities.

They left recently, along with many others, when a new minister arrived, trying to engage with the younger generation.

Sermons became bland and simple, music poor and long-serving volunteers were brushed aside. That church is now struggling.

When the Church fails to put flesh on the bones of the questions people ask, it becomes irrelevant.

JONATHAN ALLEN

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