We gave out surveys at church some weeks ago. Nearly 90 surveys were returned. Nicole Hanekom compiled the results. Here’s what we found out…
People come to church for many reasons – but for community, for a sense of peace, to learn about Jesus and how to follow him and to pray scored highly in the surveys. Prayer (rather than personal Bible study, for example) is very important for people in both churches in personal life. At home, about 40% of us live with people who do not attend church.
Most of us walk to church, especially those at St John’s. Few of us are part of Christian groups elsewhere which indicates St John’s and St Mary’s are our primary communities for learning about Jesus and growing in the Christian faith. In both communities there is quite a good spread of older and newer members. We are diverse in other ways. About two thirds of us are white British, but, on the other hand, a third of us are not. Two thirds of us have come from non-CofE backgrounds or from no church background. St John’s also has a wide variety of ages attending.
Coming out to midweek events is not easy for many people – about half say they don’t have much free time during the working week. More than half of us would likely or possibly attend a short service on a Sunday afternoon. The majority of us get our news from the BBC (and some of us even work for the BBC!). Well over half us are checking facebook and using smartphones.
In the comments section of the survey “relaxed”, “welcoming”, “friendly”, “community” were words that came up frequently. St John’s is liked for its family atmosphere, and St Mary’s for its peaceful atmosphere. And the music? About half of us are happy with the way things are – the other half are split between wanting more contemporary and more traditional – so it’s a stalemate!