A senior bishop has urged churches to slash the length of services to encourage people to worship more.
With most people torn between using Sunday mornings to go shopping or lie in bed, the prospect of spending 90 minutes in church has an increasingly limited appeal.
There is a simple answer to this problem, according to one senior bishop who has urged clergy to cut the length of services in an effort to reverse declining levels of attendance.
The Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill, the Bishop of Lichfield, said worship has become too complicated and time-consuming, leaving people who are not regular churchgoers feeling confused and excluded.
He said that services have become too long, recommending clergy should aim to keep them to no more than 50 minutes and make sure they are
careful not to preach for too long.