In the last 20 years most of us have seen our lives change dramatically. We have so much to do in the same 24 hours and as a result attending church has not always been very convenient.
Yet, when we ask people why they have relinquished their Church going many say 'We are still Christians.' 'We still believe but it is not always convenient to attend a service at Church.'
Once someone has got out of the habit of coming to church it can feel difficult starting again. People say things like, ‘I feel embarrassed to go back’ or ‘What will they think of me?’ The answer is that we will be delighted to see you. The hardest part is coming over the threshold, just as it is to come to church for the very first time.
With this in mind, here at St. Margaret's Church, we hold an annual 'Back To Church Sunday' at the end of September. With lots of “visitors” and services designed to help you feel at home, it can make it easier for those people who want to come back to church!
The pressures of life can often squeeze out God. When folk come into Church after a lapse, they say 'How peaceful it is', 'How they are able to sit quietly and let God help them to sort their family and business problems, 'How they are able to think of others and the many problems they have such as homelessness, starvation, violence'.
The list goes on and on. Many of these problems make your own troubles seem very insignificant. It is good to pray about them. It is good to get back in touch with God.
By inviting you to attend 'Back To Church Sundays' we hope to create a positive experience and renew people's desire to attend Church on a regular basis.