“Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church (PCA) in White Rock at 10:20 a.m. Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend.
National “Back to Church Sunday” (www.backtochurch.com) is an initiative that is “Inviting America Back to Church.” It seeks to reach the “un-churched” and “de-churched” — people who once attended church, but don’t any more — and invite them to return for a special Sunday. Back to Church Sunday was launched four years ago in response to a survey of 15,000 adults in the United States. Results showed a personal invitation from a family member would prompt 67 percent of Americans to visit a church, and 63 percent said an invitation from a friend or neighbor would cause them to attend a service.
“Our Church bulletin cover always has this quote from the late Dr. James Montgomery Boice (pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church, PCA, in Philadelphia) — ‘To all who are spiritually weary and seek rest; to all who mourn and long for comfort; to all who struggle and desire victory; to all who sin and need a Savior; to all who are strangers and want fellowship; to all who hunger and thirst after righteousness; and to whoever will come — this church opens wide her doors and offers her welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.’ We really mean it; it’s not just a slogan. We extend a warm welcome to everyone who comes our way,” said Henry Fernandez, Bryce Avenue Church pastor.
Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participants have invited more than five million family members, friends, and neighbors to their churches.
About 20,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than two million visitors. The American Religious Identification Survey showed that 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. In contrast, another survey by the Barna Group indicated only about 20 percent of Americans attends church on any given Sunday. Back to Church Sunday’s goal is to invite or re-invite America to rediscover church.
Bryce Avenue Presbyterian Church is a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (www.pcanet.org) located at 333 Bryce Avenue in White Rock. For more information, go to www.bapca.org or call 505.672.3364.