The Church of England plays a vital role in
the life of the nation, proclaiming the Christian gospel in words
and actions and providing services of Christian worship and
Its network of parishes cover the country, bringing a
vital Christian dimension to the nation as well as strengthening
community life in numerous urban, suburban and rural settings. Its
Cathedrals are centres of spirituality and service, and its network
of chaplaincies across continental Europe meet important local
The Church of England plays an active role in national
life with its members involved in a wide range of public bodies.
Twenty-six bishops are members of the House of Lords and are
engaged in debates about legislation and national and international
The Church of England is part of the worldwide Anglican
Key facts about the Church of
Church attendance and visits
- In October 2015, approximately 960,000 people
participated in a Church of England service each week.
- An additional 165,000 people attended services
for schools each week in October 2015.
- Around 9.4 million people visited a Church of
England Cathedral in 2015. Each week, around
37,000 people took part in services in
- For more detail, see the Statistics for Mission and Cathedral
- 1 in 4 primary schools and 1 in
16 secondary schools in England are Church of England
- Approximately 1 million pupils are educated in
more than 4,700 Church of England schools.
- For more information, see the Church Schools and Academies
- In 2015, there were 20,440 ordained
ministers in the Church of England, including stipendiary clergy,
self-supporting ministers, and Chaplains. Additionally, there were
6,170 Readers and Licenced Lay Ministers.
- The Chuch of England ordained 498 new clergy
in 2015, with 315 (187 men, 128
women) ordained to stipendiary ministry.
- For more detail, see the Ministry Statistics page.
- For more information, see the
Ministry Division page.
- Over 80,000 volunteers and around
2,700 Church Staff help provide support and
activities for children, young people and families.
- Over 100,000 children and young people
participate in activities connected to the church.
- In 2012, nearly half a million worshippers
subscribed to tax-efficient giving schemes such as Gift Aid,
accounting for nearly half the voluntary income of parish
- For more detail, see the Statistics for Mission
and Finance Statistics pages.
- The Church of England has around 16,000
churches, serving every part of the country and open to every local
inhabitant. There are 42 mainland Cathedrals, plus
one in Peel on the Isle of Man and the Diocese in Europe's
Cathedral in Gibraltar.
- For more information, see the Church Buildings page.