Facts and statistics

The Church of England plays a vital role in the life of the nation, proclaiming the Christian gospel in words and actions and providing services of Christian worship and praise.

Its network of parishes cover the country, bringing a vital Christian dimension to the nation as well as strengthening community life in numerous urban, suburban and rural settings. Its Cathedrals are centres of spirituality and service, and its network of chaplaincies across continental Europe meet important local needs.

The Church of England plays an active role in national life with its members involved in a wide range of public bodies. Twenty-six bishops are members of the House of Lords and are engaged in debates about legislation and national and international affairs.

The Church of England is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Key facts about the Church of England

Church attendance and visits

  • In October 2014, approximately 980,000 people participated in a Church of England service each week.
  • An additional 145,000 people attended services for schools each week in October 2014.
  • Around 9.7 million people visit a Church of England Cathedral each year. Each week, around 37,000 people take part in services in Cathedrals.
  • For more detail, see the Statistics for Mission and Cathedral Statistics pages.


  • 1 in 4 primary schools and 1 in 16 secondary schools in England are Church of England schools.
  • Approximately 1 million pupils are educated in more than 4,700 Church of England schools.
  • For more information, see the Church Schools and Academies page.


  • In 2012, there were around 28,300 ministers licensed by Church of England dioceses, including clergy, readers and Church Army officers: one minister for every 2,900 people in England.
  • The Chuch of England ordained 490 new clergy (221 women and 269 men) in 2012, with more than half ordained to full-time, stipendiary ministry: 162 men and 94 women.
  • For more detail, see the Ministry Statistics page.
  • For more information, see the Ministry Division page.

Community involvement

  • Over 80,000 volunteers and around 2,700 Church Staff help provide support and activities for children, young people and families.
  • Over 100,000 children and young people participate in activities connected to the church.
  • In 2012, nearly half a million worshippers subscribed to tax-efficient giving schemes such as Gift Aid, accounting for nearly half the voluntary income of parish churches.
  • For more detail, see the Statistics for Mission and Finance Statistics pages.

Church buildings

  • The Church of England has around 16,000 churches, serving every part of the country and open to every local inhabitant. There are 42 mainland Cathedrals, plus one in Peel on the Isle of Man and the Diocese in Europe's Cathedral in Gibraltar.
  • For more information, see the Church Buildings page.

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