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CHURCH QUESTIONNAIRE RESULTS
St Anne’s Church is currently tasked with writing a “Mission Action Plan”. As part of this exercise the church consulted the congregation, various community groups and Baslow as a whole via a recent village questionnaire. This is a (very) brief summary of the responses received. 134 valid part or whole questionnaires were received representing approximately 20% of Baslow households.
The questionnaire succeeded in attracting responses from both regular and irregular attenders. 55.5% have no interest in the church or only attend annual eventsThe remainder are from more regular churchgoers.
Fairly even split on what is the most important function of the church. Being a village hub and allowing people to start and progress a spiritual journey of faith accounted for more than 50% of respondents.
The responses suggest that the church should be more community/need focussed. The younger respondents wanted events for the elderly whilst more mature respondents also wanted events for the young!
Singing/choir based services get a strong endorsement. However, 36.4% of those <50 yrs want a more quiet/contemplative service with talks and discussions on moral issues relevant today. This question drew several comments – requesting both more formal and more informal services!
85.4% feel Christianity has a relevant message for the 21st century - a really encouraging result!
75.2% believe in the power of prayer including 34 non churchgoers. This equates to 47.9% of non churchgoers.
80.8% believe that the church is open and welcoming to all. Comments were that the church has/is improving in this area.
Several comments were also received with the questionnaires. These have all been carefully considered. Thank you for all the responses received – they form an important contribution to the church’s planning for how best St Annes serves the village in the future!