5 key findings from a report to Catholic Bishops into the faith of young adults in Europe:
- The proportion of young adults (16-29) with no religious affiliation (‘nones’) is as high as 91% in the Czech Republic, 80% in Estonia, and 75% in Sweden. These compare to only 1% in Israel, 17% in Poland, and 25% in Lithuania. In the UK and France, the proportions are 70% and 64% respectively.
- 70% of Czech young adults – and c. 60% of Spanish, Dutch, British, and Belgian ones – ‘never’ attend religious services. Meanwhile, 80% of Czech young adults and c. 70% of Swedish, Danish, Estonian, Dutch, French and Norwegian ones ‘never’ pray.
- Catholics make up 82% of Polish, 71% of Lithuanian, 55% of Slovenian, and 54% of Irish 16-29 year-olds. In France, it is 23%; in the UK, 10%.
- Only 2% of Catholic young adults in Belgium, 3% in Hungary and Austria, 5% in Lithuania, and 6% in Germany say they attend Mass weekly. This contrasts sharply with their peers in Poland (47%), Portugal (27%), the Czech Republic (24%), and Ireland (24%). Weekly Mass attendance is 7% among French, and 17% among British, Catholic young adults.
- Only 26% of French young adults, and 21% British ones, identify as Christians. Only 7% of young adults in the UK identify as Anglicans, compared to 6% as Muslims. In France, 2% identify as Protestants, and 10% as Muslims.
4Fields — 4Days
- UK & Europe 4 Day / 4 Fields Training, Leicester UK
DATE: Thurs 19th April 9.00am - Sunday 22nd April 4.00pm
VENUE: Trinity Hall, Trinity Lane, Leicester LE1 6WY
CONTACT: David Robinson or see more here
Following & Fishing
DATE: Saturday 27th January 9.00am-4.00pm ONE DAY ONLY
VENUE: Oak Grove Church, 70 Catton Grove Road, Norwich NR3 3NT
CONTACT: Darren Woodward
DATE: Friday 2nd February 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 3rd February 9am-4.00pm
VENUE: St Budeaux Foundation School, Priestley Avenue PL5 2DW
CONTACT: Stephen Beach
- Gold Hill Baptist Church
DATE: Friday 9th February 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 10th February 9am-4.pm
VENUE: Gold Hill Baptist Church, Chalfont St Peter SL9 9DG
CONTACT: Stephen Walker-Williams
DATE: Friday 23rd February 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 24th February 9am-4pm
VENUE: St John's Church Hall, St John's Church Road, Folkestone CT19 5BQ
DATE: Friday 2nd March 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 3rd March 9am-4.00pm
VENUE: B&A 160a Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NT
- Thurrock, Essex
DATE: Friday 9th March 7.30-9.30pm & Saturday 10th March 9am-4.00pm
VENUE: Socketts Heath Baptist Church, Premier Avenue, Grays, Essex RM16 2SB
CONTACT: Ashley Lovett
DATE: Saturday 24th March 9am-4.00pm
VENUE: North End Baptist Church, 195 Powerscourt Road, Portsmouth PO2 7JH
DATE: Saturday 14th April
VENUE: Kings Church, Greenclose Lane, Loughborough LE11 5AS
CONTACT: Rew Hulley
DATE: Various dates across Greater Manchester in 2018
VENUE: Various across Greater Manchester
CONTACT: Nick Duffy
New details for Following and Fishing training around the UK.
- 9 Sept: Durrington, Salisbury
- 15-16 Sept: Portsmouth
- 22-23 Sept: Loughborough
- 29-30 Sept: Bury, St Edmunds
- 6-7 Oct: Brentwood, Essex
- 17-18 Nov: Banbury, Oxfordshire
- 24-25 Nov: Diss, Norfolk
- 1-2 Dec: Bristol
- 26-27 Jan 2018: Norwich