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Young Church-Goers Declining?

While many are currently giving something up for Lent, a new report shows many young people have long given church up altogether.

There may be fewer young faces in church congregations these days.

A new report from Pew Forum says the Millenial generation--which is those ages 18 to 29 --is less connected to church than prior generations were at the same age.

Twenty-one year old Justin Fletcher said, "I would like to continue and maybe in the future be more religious. But, as of right now, it's just a little difficult with trying to balance school and social life."

The report says 18 percent of Millenials say they attend worship at least once every week; versus 21 percent of Generation Xers--those born between 1965 and 1980--when they were in their twenties; and 26 percent of Baby Boomers--at that age.

Tallahassee resident Vicky Chavis is a Baby Boomer. She said, "In my younger years, yes, I did go to church. As a matter of fact, I grew up right next door to the church. When I became an adult I sent my son to Sunday School and church, also."

The survey says Millennials are signifcantly more likely than young adults in earlier generations to say they don't identify with any religious group.
Eighteen year old Nohelia Orozco said, "I personally am spiritual, but I don't really want to put myself in a box and identify with a specific religion."

Although Millenials may be less connected to church, the report says they're still just as spirtiual as their parents and grandparents were at those ages.

Twenty year old Robbie Clarke said, "I still believe I still need to pray and read the Bible just like any other Christian."

Twenty-one year old Kingsley Clawson said, "I think religion in my personal perspective, especially in my life is something very important."

Many young people say they may not be in the pew, but their beliefs are still strong in their hearts.


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