Meridian Star

September 7, 2013

Back to Church Sunday is Sept. 15

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     “Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Grace and Covenant Church in Meridian at 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    National “Back to Church Sunday” (www.backtochurch.com) is an initiative that is “Inviting America Back to Church.” It seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" — people who once attended church, but don't any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday.

    Back to Church Sunday was launched four years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the United States. Results showed a personal invitation from a family member would prompt 67 percent of Americans to visit a church, and 63 percent said an invitation from a friend or neighbor would cause them to attend a service.

    “Join us as we hear a word of encouragement from the Word of God.  Everyone is welcome,” Pastor Dorothy Lloyd said.

    Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participants have invited more than 5 million family members, friends, and neighbors to their churches.

    About 20,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than 2 million visitors.

    The American Religious Identification Survey showed that 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. In contrast, another survey by the Barna Group indicated only about 20 percent of Americans attend church on any given Sunday. Back to Church Sunday’s goal is to invite or re-invite America to rediscover church.

    “Back to Church Sunday” has an interactive Facebook page at www.facebook.com/backtochurch and a roster of participating churches on the Back to Church website at BacktoChurch.com/find_a_church.

    Grace and Covenant Church is a Non-Denominational church located at 3306 40 Avenue in Meridian. For more information, call 601-483-7647.