According to official figures released this week, average Sunday attendance at the Church of England in 2009 fell to 944,000 from 960,000 in 2008, while average monthly attendance fell to 1.651 million from 1.667 million.
Reverend Lynda Barley, chief spinmeister for the Church, said the figures gave "an important but inevitably partial snapshot" that painted a "mixed picture" for 2009.
The number of babies baptised fell to 83,800 in 2009 from 86,500. Marriages in parish churches fell to 52,700 from 53,100. The number of Church of England funerals also fell – to 176,700 from 188,100.