Statistics Dashboards

Every year parishes are asked to help the Church of England understand more about who goes to church and when (the Statistics for Mission returns) and about information regarding the financial health of the church (the Return of Parish Finance).

The Church of England Research and Statistics team then reproduces this information in an easy to use formats – known as “Dashboards”. These Dashboards are graphical representations of the raw data, showing trends over time. (The data is also available in more detailed spreadsheets).

The information is enormously important in helping the Church of England, the Diocese and the Parishes understand more about their church communities and to potentially act upon this information accordingly.

How might you use this information

It is recommended that once a year you PCC reviews the statistics for its parish and discusses the general trends.

Some trends will be encouraging and PCCs may want to ask what can be done to do even better in the following year. Other statistics may be less encouraging. In these instances PCCs are asked to consider what lessons might be learnt, what may need to change and what can be done to reverse any decline (whether it be anything from falling baptism numbers to a decline in Sunday attendance).

These conversations can then feed into the Annual Review of the Development Action Plan that every parish is asked to produce in accordance with the Diocesan Strategy - Ely2025.

What Dashboards are available?

On the left of this page you will be able to select which dashboard you wish to view.

Once available, dashboards for both the Return of Parish Finance and Statistics for Mission returns will be presented at Deanery, Benefice and Parish level.

You can also access census information for your church parish area (taken from the 2011 census).

What about the Diocese as a whole?

The table below shows the highlights for the Statistics for Mission returns for the whole Diocese.

Diocesan figures % change between years completeness, 2017 % estimated, 2017
2014 2015 2016 2017 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Usual Sunday, Adult 12,483 12,130 11,526 11,584 -2.8% -5.0% 0.5% 90% 10%
Usual Sunday, Child 2,156 2,034 2,002 2,012 -5.7% -1.6% 0.5% 93% 7%
Usual Sunday, All Age 14,639 14,164 13,528 13,596 -3.2% -4.5% 0.5% 90% 10%
Weekly Average, Adult 14,918 14,547 13,832 14,100 -2.5% -4.9% 1.9% 90% 10%
Weekly Average, Child 2,953 3,019 3,059 2,881 2.2% 1.3% -5.8% 97% 3%
Weekly Average, All Age 17,871 17,566 16,891 16,981 -1.7% -3.8% 0.5% 91% 9%
Sunday Average, Adult 13,202 12,811 12,160 12,449 -3.0% -5.1% 2.4% 89% 11%
Sunday Average, Child 2,139 1,963 2,062 1,917 -8.2% 5.0% -7.0% 95% 5%
Sunday Average, All Age 15,341 14,774 14,222 14,366 -3.7% -3.7% 1.0% 90% 10%
Worshipping Community, Total 21,777 22,182 22,128 21,979 1.9% -0.2% -0.7% 87% 13%
Worshipping Comm., aged 0-17 20% 21% 23% 22% - - - - -
Worshipping Comm., aged 18-69 51% 51% 50% 53% - - - - -
Worshipping Comm., aged 70+ 29% 27% 27% 26% - - - - -
Electoral Roll 17,185 17,459 17,498 - 1.6% 0.2% - -
Easter communicants 15,434 15,241 14,360 15,424 -1.3% -5.8% 7.4% 89% 11%
Easter attendance 23,078 22,275 21,353 22,779 -3.5% -4.1% 6.7% 90% 10%
Christmas communicants 15,463 16,026 15,401 16,234 3.6% -3.9% 5.4% 87% 13%
Christmas attendance 47,963 51,308 49,374 50,673 7.0% -3.8% 2.6% 90% 10%
Infant Baptism 1,084 1,075 980 978 -0.8% -8.8% -0.2% 87% 13%
Juvenile Baptism 623 510 500 453 -18.1% -2.0% -9.4% 87% 13%
Mature Baptism 179 128 177 160 -28.5% 38.3% -9.6% 89% 11%
Infant Thanksgiving 50 41 53 35 -18.0% 29.3% -34.0% 86% 14%
Other Thanksgiving 18 33 13 21 83.3% -60.6% 61.5% 95% 5%
Marriage 866 828 797 697 -4.4% -3.7% -12.5% 89% 11%
Marriage blessing 42 46 32 30 9.5% -30.4% -6.3% 93% 7%
Funeral, church 1,506 1,495 1,404 1,518 -0.7% -6.1% 8.1% 85% 15%
Funeral, crem./cemetery 858 889 768 743 3.6% -13.6% -3.3% 90% 10%
School, Weekly Average, Adult 515 522 671 707 1.2% 28.7% 5.4% - -
School, Weekly Average, Child 2,204 2,193 2,379 2,244 -0.5% 8.5% -5.7% - -
Advent, Local 49,814 50,433 51,710 44,077 1.2% 2.5% -14.8% - -
Advent, Specific 44,575 50,739 46,219 42,439 13.8% -8.9% -8.2% - -