From Premier UK-
The Church of England faces a "grave" future because too few younger people are coming forward to take over the running of things like providing teas and coffee at church.
New research by Goldsmiths College at the University of London found 700,000 women who volunteer in parishes are now into their 80s and 90s.
Author of the analysis, Dr Abby Day was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: "The prognosis for the Church of England is grave.
"While elderly laywomen have never been given a formal voice or fully acknowledged by the Church, they are the heart, soul and driving organisational force in parishes everywhere.
"Their loss will be catastrophic."
In her new book, The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen, Dr Day found this army of volunteers also play a fundamental role in furnishing, cleaning, and raising money for Anglican churches.
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