97% of young adults won't be at church on Christmas Day

Sun 24 Dec 2017
By Alex Williams

Just three per cent of people aged between 18 and 24 will go to church on Christmas Day, a new poll by Sky Data has revealed.

The survey of 1,600 people reveals young adults are disproportionately less inclined to attend a festive service than the UK population generally.

Overall, nine per cent of those who responded said they will be found among a congregation on 25th December, while a quarter said they would at some stage during Christmas.

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People living in London are most likely to join a flock on Christmas Day (14 per cent), with more than a third (34 per cent) planning to go at some point during the festive season.

The figures have been published amid a gradual, long-term decline in church attendance within the Church of England and other historically significant UK church denominations.

Harry Carr, Head of Sky Data, said: "Immigration of Christians from Eastern Europe and Africa has helped to stem the decline in church attendance in some areas, with London home a greater number of migrants than any other region - around three million foreign-born people living in the capital."

Christmas is still the time of year when people are most likely to go to church - with only one in 100 attending on an average Sunday.

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