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Young people twice as likely to attend church this Christmas than over 55s

by Premier Journalist

A new poll has revealed young people are twice as likely to attend a place of worship this Christmas than older UK adults.

That's according to a new poll by Savanta ComRes, commissioned by Samaritan’s Purse, which found 33 per cent of those aged 18 to 34 plan to attend a place of worship over the next month compared to 17 per cent of those over 55.

UK's director of Operation Christmas Child, Nick Cole told Premier he thinks Millennials and Generation Z's are now looking to engage more in “a wide range of spiritualities, including the Christian faith”.

Cole also argues that those between 18 to 34 are now more likely to have young children and therefore be considering family activities during Christmas, something that churches normally offer during this season.

“Christmas season at churches is very much an opportunity to engage our children with nativity, dramas and Christingles services in the Anglican tradition and belting out a few Carols, “he added.

These figures echo the results of a similar survey published in September which found that 18 to 34-year-olds were more than twice as likely to pray and attend church regularly than over 55's.

Overall, the latest poll found that only 30 per cent of respondents identifying as Christian, who made up around 50 per cent of the total respondents, said they were planning to attend a place of worship over Christmas as part of their weekly or monthly routine.

Cole continued: “Whilst Christmas is a Christian festival celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, adults under the age of 35, irrespective of their beliefs or faith background, seem to be increasingly involved with places of worship during the Christmas period.

“Christmas is a time of gift giving and sharing joy and hope with our loved ones, neighbours and the most vulnerable in our society.

“We believe that everyone can get involved with Christmas and deserves a Christmas gift, especially those who are living in some of the most difficult circumstances worldwide.”

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