From The Rev'd Andy Davis
The Revd Andy Davis BSc BD
Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Holy Trinity, Bramley (Diocese of Guildford)
Bramley Vicarage, 1 Birtley Rise, Bramley, GU5 0HZ
Mobile: 07709 919602 Landline: 01483 892109 revd.andydavis@gmail.
“I don’t go to church, because...”
Over the years, when I have visited people about a baptism, wedding or funeral,
they often choose to tell me why they don’t go to church…even though I have
never actually asked that question, or been remotely interested in asking!
Some of the reasons given would mirror those given in this (decidedly tongue-incheek) list that compares washing and soap...to going to church:
1) I was forced to wash as a child.
2) People who wash are hypocrites. They think they are cleaner than
3) There are so many different kinds of soap, I could never decide which
one was right.
4) I used to wash, but it got boring so I stopped.
5) I wash only on special occasions, like Easter and Christmas.
6) None of my friends wash.
7) I'm still young. When I'm older and have got a bit dirtier, I might start
8) I really don't have time to wash.
9) The bathroom is never warm enough in the winter, or cool enough in the
10) People who make soap are only after your money.
11) I get along very well without washing.
12) I work hard all week and am too tired to take a bath at the weekend.
13) The first bar of soap I ever used gave me a rash, so I haven't gone near
…we now have another reason for people being reluctant to come to church: the
anxieties surrounding Covid-19 (especially the need to maintain social distancing,
and the mandatory wearing of face coverings).
As a priest, I have to say that although it is wonderful to have a growing
congregation, and to have a church where all ages are represented, what matters
most is the quality of Christian witness and a church that is engaged with and
closely involved with, the life of the wider community in which it is set.
In fact, if you get that bit right, the growth in numbers will follow.