Church attendance is a central religious practice for many Christians; some Christian denominations, such as the Catholic Church require church attendance on the Lord’s Day (Sunday); the Westminster Confession of Faith is held by the Reformed Churches and teaches first-day Sabbatarianism, thus proclaiming the duty of public worship in keeping with the Ten Commandments. Similarly, The General Rules of the Methodist Church also requires “attending upon all the ordinances of God” including “the public worship of God”. Until 1791, the government of the United Kingdom required attendance at church services of the Church of England (the mother Church of the Anglican Communion and a state Church) at least twice a year.
The Lutheran Christian theologian Balthasar Münter [da] stated that church attendance is the “foundation for the Christian life” as “the Christian Bible and the sacraments provide the framework for the faith”; he also states that it is important for believers because it aids in the prevention of backsliding, as well as offers “the company of other believers“.
According to data from the European Social Survey in 2012 around a third of European Christians say they attend services once a month or more. Conversely about two-thirds of Latin American Christians and according to the World Values Survey about 90% of African Christians (in Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe) said they attended church regularly. The Gallup International, a self-reporting survey conducted via telephone, indicates that 37% of Americans report that they attend religious services weekly or near-weekly in 2013. The Pew Research Center stated, however, that there is a “sharp increase in church attendance around the two most significant Christian holidays, Christmas and Easter.” As such, on Christmas (a Principal Feast in the Anglican Communion, a holy day of obligation in the Catholic Church and a Festival in the Lutheran Churches), LifeWay Research found that “six out of 10 Americans typically attend church”. Countries that hold or have held a policy of state atheism have actively discouraged church attendance and church membership, often persecuting Christians who continued to worship