Quick Facts on Churches in South Portland Maine
- One-third of worshipers are new in the last five years; in fast-growing churches one-half are new.
- Cincture - Rope belt with three knots worn by Franciscan monks. The knots represent the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
- There were 1.31 billion Catholics in 2006, the latest census data, a 1.4% increase from 2005
- 3,500,000 teachers in 250,000 Catholic schools worldwide teach 42,000,000 pupils
- Most new people attending their congregation for five years or less have changed congregations within the same denomination (transfers: 57%). Only 7% are first-timers who are new to the faith. A few (18%) are returnees who used to attend worship but recently have not been involved, and 18% are switchers who changed denominations.
South Portland Churches Quotes
She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not find God. -Walker, Alice Malsenior
The true Church of England, at this moment, lies in the Editors of the newspapers. -Carlyle,Thomas
You will soon hate me as much as you love me now, for you assume an authority in the affairs of the church to which I shall never assent. -Becket,Thomas Saint
Halloa! Here's a church! Let's go in! Here's Miss Skiffins! Let's have a wedding. -Dickens, CharlesJohn Huffam
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church I keep it, staying at Homeö With a Bobolink for a Choristerö And an Orchard, for a Dome -Dickinson, Emily Elizabeth
As some to church repair, Not for the doctrine, but the music there. -Pope, Alexander
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell;The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost;The holy Catholick Church;The Communion of Saints;The Forgiveness of sins;The Resurrection of the body, And the life everlasting. Amen. -Book of Common Prayer
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