In a separate set of statistics, the Church confirmed provisional figures from January showing average Sunday attendances fell below a million for the first time in 2005 to 988,000.Read "More new Anglican women priests than men" from BBC News.
Average weekly attendance in that year  was 1.17 million, and average monthly attendance was 1.7 million.
Attendance at Church of England services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day increased dramatically in 2005 - it was 7% higher than in 2001 at 2.8 million.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Two days ago, the BBC reported that last year (2006) the Church of England ordained 234 men and 244 women to the Anglican priesthood.