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We get many enquiries relating to the membership number of a particular church, usually in relation to school admissions - please see our Notes on admissions to Church Schools.
These are external links to the websites of the relevant churches:
Churches formed in Africa during the twentieth century and embodying many aspects of African culture.
- Cherubim and Seraphim Council of Churches
Churches with origins in the sixteenth century split between Rome and the English Crown and in the restoration settlement of the seventeenth century. Each is a self-governing church forming part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, in communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Under the Porvoo Agreement, these four Anglican churches are also in full communion with Scandinavian Lutheran churches.
Denominations which, though they may differ on other things, have in common that they undertake 'Believers' Baptism.
Bodies that group churches across different traditions
Each of these groups cuts across the confessional categories already listed, but brings churches together around some other common feature or community. The German speaking churches include both Lutheran and Reformed. The Council of African and Caribbean Churches includes both Pentecostal and African-initated. The Free Churches Group includes a wide range of protestant Churches in England and Wales that have in common being 'free' of the State.
Denominations where each local congregation is independent and self-governing. Regional and national bodies are voluntary groupings of local congregations coming together for solidarity and common action. Churches in this group practise infant baptism.
Churches with their roots in that part of the sixteenth century Reformation led by Martin Luther. Patterns of church life and order differ between the different national groupings, though most Lutheran churches are episcopally governed.
The following Lutheran churches are represented on the Council: Danish, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Latvian, Lutheran Church in Great Britain (English, Amharic, Chinese, Polish, Swahili and Tigrinya), Norwegian, Polish and Swedish.
Churches with their roots in the eighteenth century evangelical revival led by John and Charles Wesley.
Churches with their historical roots in the Eastern part of the old Roman Empire, they are one of the two strands into which the church divided at the Great Schism at the end of the first millennium. Orthodox churches are in communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. Each church is self-governing and worships in its own language.
- Antiochian Orthodox Church
- Greek Orthodox
(Oecumenical Patriarchate: Archdiocese of Thyateira & Great Britain)
- Serbian Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox churches
Oriental Orthodox churches divided from the main Orthodox stream in the fifth century, after a dispute about the nature of Christ. They are found mostly in the Middle East, Africa and India. Relations with the churches of the main Orthodox or "Byzantine" stream are increasingly close.
- Coptic Orthodox Church
- Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches of the United Kingdom
and the Republic of Ireland
- Armenian Apostolic Church
- Coptic Orthodox Church (incorporating the British Orthodox Church)
- Ethiopian Orthodox Church
- Eritrean Orthodox Church
- Indian Orthodox Church
- Syrian Orthodox Church (incorporating the Malankra Syrian Orthodox Church)
Baptistic Churches with roots in the twentieth century Pentecostal revival, practising a variety of spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues. Those in membership with CTBI are mainly 'Black-majority' churches, with their main focus in the African and African Caribbean communities.
- Apostolic Pastoral Congress
- Church of God of Prophecy
- International Ministerial Council of Great Britain
- Joint Council for Anglo-Caribbean Churches
- Building of the Temple (Ecclesia of God)
- Latter Rain Outpouring Revival Church
- Pentecostal Church of God
- The International City Mission Church
- Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ Inc
- Church of God in Christ United
- Mount Zion Holiness Church
- New Way Pentecostal Fellowship
- Faith Restoration Outreach Ministry
- New Testament Assembly Christian Centre
- Pentecostal Assembly
- Pentecostal Church of God (Leyton)
- New Testament Church of God
- New Testament Assembly
Churches with their roots in that part of the sixteenth century Reformation led by Calvin, Zwingli and others. A particularly significant figure in the Scottish Reformation was John Knox. The Presbyterian Church of Wales owes more to the Calvinist strand of the eighteenth century evangelical revival.
- Church of Scotland
- United Reformed Church
- United Free Church of Scotland
- Presbyterian Church of Wales
Roman Catholic Church
The Western element of the two parts into which the Church divided at the great schism at the end of the first millennium. Roman Catholics are in communion with the Pope in Rome. In each nation, the church is organised under a conference of bishops, which has responsibility among other things for deciding the language of worship.
- Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales
(Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales)
- Roman Catholic Church in Scotland
(Bishops' Conference of Scotland)
- Roman Catholic Church in Ireland - Associate Member
(Catholic Bishops' Conference of Ireland)