Everyone is welcome to attend “Back to Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1191 McCarthy Road in Lemont.
National Back to Church Sunday is an initiative that is “Inviting America Back to Church.” The event 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.
Since its inception, National Back to Church Sunday participants have invited more than five million family members, friends, and neighbors to their churches. About 14,000 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.
For more information about Emmanuel Baptist Church, go to www.ebclemont.com or call 630-257-8484.
Editor’s note: The information above is from a press release by Emanuel Baptist Church.