Harlem Pentecostal Assembly, Inc. a 94-year-old church to Participate in National ‘Back To Church Sunday’ Sept. 18

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94-year old Church in New York, NY joins 10,000 churches on September 18, 2011 for National Event

“Back To Church Sunday,” part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at Harlem Pentecostal Assembly, Inc. in New York at 12 p.m. Sept. 18. Everyone is welcome to attend.

National "Back To Church Sunday" (http://www.backtochurch.com) is an initiative that seeks to reach the "un-churched" and "de-churched" – people who once attended church, but don't any more – and invite them to return for a special Sunday.

“Whatever their reason is for leaving the church we want formerly churched people to see us as a community friendly church,“ said Rev. Jerome Frierson, assistant pastor

“Since Harlem Pentecostal Assembly, Incorporated started 94-years ago we have had a history of impacting the city of New York. Through our doors came young men and women that became notable preachers such as the late Bishop Ezra Williams, former pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly, Incorporated. When Harlem Pentecostal Assembly, Incorporated became aware of “Back to Church Sunday” we signed up immediately. Because we want to reach people throughout the city that feel hopeless with a message of hope,” said Rev. Lorna I. Brown, executive pastor.

During the first “Back To Church Sunday” in 2009, hundreds of churches across the country participated, with members inviting more than 700,000 of their friends and family. Last year 1.4 Million invitations to church were given to Back to Church Sunday. This year over 10,000 churches are anticipated to participate.

According to a survey of participants by Outreach, Inc., a Southern California church marketing company, churches that took part saw a 26 percent average increase in their weekend attendance.
The American Religious Identification Survey showed that 83 percent of American adults identify themselves as Christians. In contrast, another survey by the Barna Group indicated only about 20 percent of Americans attends church on any given Sunday. This suggests that almost 8 million people – 150,000 a week – are leaving churches each year.

A study by LifeWay Research found that 67 percent of Americans say a personal invitation from a family member would be effective in getting them to visit a church. A personal invitation from a friend or neighbor would effectively reach 63 percent.
“Back To Church Sunday” has an interactive Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/backtochurch) and a roster of participating churches on the Back to Church website at http://backtochurch.com/roster.
Harlem Pentecostal Assembly, Incorporated is a Pentecostal Church located at Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. (Lower Level Gym) 2-26 E.120th Street in New York. For more information, go to http://www.harlempa.org or call (212) 860-1510

NOTE: News media are invited to cover “Back to Church Sunday” on September 18, 2011 at Harlem Pentecostal Assembly worshipping at Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc. (Lower level Gym), 2-26 E. 120th Street, New York, NY 10035 at 12 p.m. Please call ahead. Directions at http://www.harlempa.org

For More Information Contact:
Rev. Lorna I. Brown, Executive Pastor         
Rev. Lorna I. Brown @ 212-860-1510


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