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Posted: 9/26/2004 3:08:35 AM EST
The Church of England is launching a pilot scheme to attract people back to church - by offering a bar of fair trade chocolate to every worshipper.
The aim of the "Back to Church Sunday" scheme is to entice lapsed churchgoers into returning to the congregation.

About 70,000 invitations have been sent to former churchgoers in Manchester.

The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, Bishop of Manchester, says the church is trying to bring "justice and fair trade across the world".

Sunday's services were having a harvest festival or thanks-giving theme and goodie bags with bars of fair trade chocolate were being handed out.

The Church of England wants to see greater flexibility with more services taking place in the week.

It is also asking people who have given up the church to suggest what might encourage them back.

Bishop McCulloch told BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme the chocolate was not a gimmick.

He said: "When people come and receive the chocolate they discover it is not just a gimmick, it's not an ordinary kind of chocolate fondant. This is a piece of fair trade chocolate.

"The point then to make is that church isn't just about going to a cosy club, it's about belonging to an organisation which has a job of trying to bring justice and fair trade across the world."

The campaign is being studied by researchers at the University of Wolverhampton, to find out how effective it is.



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Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:09:39 AM EST
Well, that's better than eternal happiness I guess.


SGatr15
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:15:13 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 3:24:03 AM EST by Palo_Duro]

Originally Posted By sgtar15:
Well, that's better than eternal happiness I guess.


SGatr15



dammit! You made me snort diet coke through my nose!



Link Posted: 9/26/2004 3:23:13 AM EST
It might get the women back.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 8:40:35 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/26/2004 8:42:10 AM EST by John_Wayne777]
If your church is so bereft of the presence of God that you must offer candy to get people to show up, close the doors and forget about it. There is no longer any point in continuing the farce. The point of church is to have an assembly where the Mainfest Presence of God is experienced. If your church is so cold, and the Spirit is so grieved that He no longer visits, then either fast and repent or shut the doors.

Anything else is just plain pointless.

Religious form without the presence of God is the most idiotic thing in the world.
Link Posted: 9/26/2004 9:50:45 AM EST
I wouldn't go back to church for less than a case of chocolate bars.
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