Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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August 31, 2013

Westport Baptist Church joins 20,000 churches to participate in 'Back to Church Sunday'

WESTPORT – “Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Westport Baptist, (Main Street in Westport) at 10:30 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.

“Rev. David Scaggs extends an invitation to join the church fellowship in worship. We are a loving and friendly people who care for our community and we are committed to sharing the love of Christ. Come, you will be welcomed into The Family of God.

Westport Baptist has Sunday School at 9:30 with classes for children of all ages, junior and senior high youth, and adult Bible study. Worship begins at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening youth groups for ages 4 through high school run from 6 to 7:30 a.m.. Adult Bible study begins at 6 p.m.

Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participating churches have invited an estimated 7 million family members, friends, and neighbors to their churches.

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. Back to Church Sunday’s goal is to invite or re-invite America to rediscover church.

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