More
    HomeNewsWorldDanish Churches Open Late to Boost Attendance

    Danish Churches Open Late to Boost Attendance

    Published on

    spot_img

    Subscribe to our newsletter

    Stay up to date with what's happening in the Christian community

    Churches in Denmark are implementing new ways to bring back worshippers amid the rise of atheism in the country.

    Official statistics from September last year revealed that 10,300 Danes became atheists. The number of citizens leaving the Church of Denmark is the highest for a decade.

    In a survey by Copenhagen Parish, many churches are opening their doors at night to accommodate Danes who are most likely seen socializing in bars and cafes. Currently, there are 33 churches in 25 towns and cities offering after-dark worship, The Local reports.

    A church in the Jutland town of Holstebro opens on Friday nights from 8 pm to 11 pm. Fr. Erik Ladegaard wants to give believers an option to hear Mass on a Friday.

    “It’s our duty to be a church for people living now…and there are some that don’t feel Sunday morning worship encompasses their spirituality,” he said.

    A churchgoer prefers to worship at the Holstebro night church saying it’s more peaceful to commune with God in the evening.

    “On one hand you are part of a community, on the other you can also be alone with God,” said 61-year-old Ellen Brokhøj.

    A sociologist at the University of Copenhagen Jes Heise Ramussen lauds the priests’ decision to have night churches, RT reports. The PhD student said, “They offer a different way to meet with the church.”

    Sources:
    Thelocaldk. (2017). Thelocaldk. https://www.thelocal.dk/20170403/denmarks-late-night-churches-try-to-bring-back-worshippers

    Wwwrtcom. (2017). RT International. https://www.rt.com/news/383320-denmark-church-night-service/

    Latest articles

    Hallow App Launches 2022 Advent Prayer Challenge

    Hallow, a Christian prayer app, launched this year's Advent challenge with cast members from the hit series The Chosen joining the program.

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    Prayer, Faith Can Help Teens with Mental Health Issues

    A study on teens and young adults confirmed that those who pray and have a relationship with God were more likely to flourish in life more than their peers.

    Billy Graham Archive & Research Center is Now Open

    The new Billy Graham Archive and Research Center opened in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 7, the birthday of the late evangelist.

    More like this

    Group Gives 10,000 Bibles to London’s Children

    The Trinitarian Bible Society announced that over 10,000 Bibles have been given to London schools within three years.

    ‘Praise the Lord!’ Ukrainian Christians Cheer Kherson Liberation

    Ukrainian Christians celebrate the liberation of Kherson with cheers of praise and thanksgiving, seven months after Russia occupied the city.

    JESUS Film Makes History, Now Translated in 2,000 Languages

    The JESUS film makes history as it is now translated into its 2,000th language making it the most translated film of all time.