Last June, Professor Leslie Francis wrote an article for BRF entitled What shall we tell the children?. It was based on a nationwide survey he and his colleague, Professor Andrew Village, of York St John University, were conducting on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people’s experience of church. The survey attracted over 10,000 responses and Professor Francis shared some of his findings with BRF readers in a second article called Learning from the sower.
Now, he and Professor Village are running a second survey – Covid-19 and Church-21 – and are encouraging as many people as possible to respond:
‘We would now like to get a sense of how clergy and lay people are coping with the current lockdown. We have created a survey that builds on our experience of the last survey and which should enable us to both assess how things have changed and find out what people think as they look forward to a post-pandemic future for the Church.’
They add: ‘The Covid-19 & Church-21 survey is your opportunity to be part of this crucial research project. It will take about 20 minutes of your time, which will enable you to give a thorough picture of your experiences and opinions.’