Area church joins in on national movement

Published on Friday, 6 September 2013 23:15 - Written by From Staff Reports

Macedonia Baptist Church in Chandler will take part in “Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America.

“Macedonia Baptist Church is a church on the move and has its doors open to all people of the community and immediate area,” said the Rev. Carl George, pastor, in the news release.

National “Back to Church Sunday” is a movement that 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, according to the news release.

About 20,000 churches are expected to participate this year, inviting more than 2 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.

Since its inception, National “Back to Church Sunday” participating churches have invited an estimated 7.5 million family members, friends, and neighbors to their churches.

For “Back to Church Sunday,” Macedonia Baptist Church will have a special service that features a sermon by the Rev. Carl George, singing by the choir and involves the children and teen ministries, according to the news release.

The service will be held at 11 a.m.

Texas at 11 a.m. on Sept. 15. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located at 615 John Milton Street in Chandler. For more information, go towww.mbc-chandler.com or call 940-368-4886.

For more information on the national movement, visitwww.backtochurch.com .