ACC - Ottawa diocese downsizing
I noticed that the lady who did this study, Ms Myrlene Boken, is the same one who did a similar study for the Diocese of Ontario. I looked it up for an earlier post, because I was curious about a nearby country parish that had closed. Some of the artifacts had wound up at the auction. I expect the Ottawa report will be similarly detailed. One thing I noticed was that a problem highlighted in the Diocese of Ontario was that the demographics were against the Anglicans; Anglicans declined from 19% (in 1981) to 15% of the region, and "50% of the membership is over the age of 60, compared to 21% of the Diocesan population." In Ottawa, it looks even worse, especially when you consider that this took place in only half the time:
Between 1991 and 2001, the Ontario portion of the diocese went from 12 per cent to nine per cent Anglican, and the Quebec portion went from three to two per cent, for a total loss of 7,000 Anglicans.
Worse, only 34 per cent of the remaining Anglicans attend service every week, so that in about 40 churches, there are less than 25 people every week. And those attending were three times more likely to be over the age of 60 than the rest of their communities.