National Back to Church Sunday


National Back to Church Sunday, which started in 2009, is "the largest community-based outreach effort in the nation." Churches and church members plan for the day and use tools from National Back to Church Sunday's website to help welcome and bring people back to church. Over 31,000 churches now participate in the day.

National Back to Church Sunday is observed next on Sunday, September 20th, 2020. It has been observed the third Sunday in September since 2009.

How to Observe

National Back to Church Sunday may be celebrated by someone who wants to bring people back to church, or by someone who hasn't gone to church in a long time or ever, and wants to visit a church. If you are someone who wants to participate by helping to bring people back to church, you can first register your church. Registration for each year begins on January 1. You can then start planning for an event at your church by getting some church resources such as the "church kit", which includes materials such as a planning guide, videos, and sermon outlines. It is recommended that you start planning events for your church six weeks before the day. If you are someone who has wanted to start going back to church or visit a church, this day is for you, and you can find a church that is participating in your area here.

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
the third Sunday in September2009-




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