The early years of the coming decade will be the last few years of life for many Anglican parishes in the Western world.
Those parishes, some supported by legacies or property income, are home to the last of a generation which would already be gone if it were not for the extraordinary increase in life expectancy for ordinary men and women over the last 100 years.
It is a generation which has failed in its most fundamental calling – the call to pass on the faith to the next generation.
But then, why would a parishioner encourage his children to worship at an Anglican church, or invite her friends?
What inspiration or encouragement has there been in the liberal (in the worst sense of the word) agenda relentlessly imposed for the last forty years?
Or from bishops and other clergy outrightly denying the words of Christ and the teachings and example of the apostles, espousing every popular cause from women priests to gay marriage and global warming, but unable to talk about sin and forgiveness?
Or from the Archbishop of Canterbury, who cannot bring himself to suggest that sharing the Gospel with Muslims might be a good thing, but claims that sharia law is inevitable in Britain because some people ‘do not relate to the English legal system.’
Excuse me? Then why are they there?
But despite everything, the church is capable of taking a stand, and the church bells still ring out to call the faithful to action.
Sorry, what action?
To support the UN talks on bio-diversity. Of course.