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The Archbishop of York used his Christmas message to highlight the influence the Church still has, despite fears attendance and its standing in society is in decline.
Writing in The Sun, Dr John Sentamu said that an estimated 15 million people in England will go to church on Christmas Day.
He said: "Churchgoing is often associated with words like 'decline'. But it is still the biggest weekly gathering there is in our country, outstripping combined attendance at football matches every week - and we don't even get a supplement on Monday with all the best bits!"
The archbishop said the Church of England conducts 1,000 weddings, 2,000 christenings and 3,000 funerals every week, and one million children go to 5,000 CofE schools every day.
The church will support communities over the festive period with food banks, domestic refuges, hospital visits and homeless shelters, Dr Sentamu said.
Inviting people to church and wishing them a happy Christmas, he added: "Faith is woven so deeply into our society that those who seek to write it off are often confounded by the way in which the church is involved in all areas of life. The church is for life and it's also for Christmas."
The Archbishop York believes the region has many reasons to feel optimistic as he looks forward to 2014.
Dr John Sentamu admits it has been a difficult year for many people in Yorkshire but says there are plenty of exciting events next year, which he hopes will provide a boost for communities.
Gracious Father,You gave up your Son out of love for your world:
Look with mercy on Madiba Mandela;
And on all your children in South Africa.
As they reflect on Christ's Death and Resurrection, may they know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour's blood,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
My advanced localised cancer of the prostate has been removed by the surgeon and his team. Excellent prognosis given.
The Archbishop of York has thanked surgeons after he had an operation for 'locally advanced' prostate cancer. Dr John Sentamu had surgery in Leeds today.
I am thankful and grateful for Mr Bill Cross and the entire surgical team at St James’ Hospital Leeds for their care and professionalism.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu joined hundreds of Armd Forces personnel who have recently returned to their Catterick base for a tour of duty in Afghanistan for a service of rememberance and thanksgiving in York Minster.
The 4th Mechanized Brigade Task Force suffered nine deaths whilst deplyed between October 2012 and April 2013.
The Archbishop of York has led a service of remembrance at the city's Minster for soldiers who've recently returned from Afghanistan. Hundreds of military personnel from the 4th Mechanized Brigade based at Catterick Garrison turned out for the service.
Doctor John Sentamu led prayers to the nine members of the unit who lost their lives during a recent deployment to Helmand. The Regiment's Brigadier Bob Bruce spoke about the service.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu has been visiting young people in the Diocese of Durham.
He has been accompanied by the Bishop of Jarrow for the two day trip which includes meeting primary school pupils and college students.