• Alison Hodge
    107
    https://www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/news/can-i-count-them.php

    This note has just been posted by Worcester Diocese but probably appears elsewhere in the CofE.

    Should ringers be included?
  • A J Barnfield
    215
    No. Not unless they attend services.
  • David Struckett
    18
    Clearly not - the article is about attendance at services and worship, not any periferal activity.
  • DRJA Dewar
    16
    Definitely not, it would be a disgrace to include ringers who may well (as in the general population) be atheists.
  • Gerald Wilson
    8
    I agree with the above, but as the person in our church who returns these stats (for my sins, it's an awful job done properly) I find the advice quite surprising and certainly not what I do, as you would just get random answers. The data is supposed to generate Average or Regular Weekly Attendance and therefore any unusual attendance should be excluded. So 150 folk at a baptism one Sunday who never darken the church door otherwise from one year to the next clearly do not comprise Regular Attendance. It all depends on whether you want to produce statistically meaningful data or not.
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