The Church of England has acknowledged the truth of shrinking congregations and overworked monks and lifted a 400-year-old rule requiring that every one church buildings maintain providers each Sunday.

Canon legislation courting from 1603 required monks to carry morning and night prayers and a communion service every Sunday in each church they oversaw.

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However after many years of declining attendance, many monks at the moment are liable for a number of church buildings, particularly in rural areas. Till now, they’ve wanted permission from a bishop to not maintain Sunday providers in every church.

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The change was authorised Thursday at a gathering of the church’s governing Synod.

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Bishop of Willesden Pete Broadbent, who proposed the change, mentioned it “simply adjustments the foundations to make it simpler for folks to do what they’re already doing. It stops the forms.”

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