- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A small church near Pottstown is closing its doors despite creative efforts by aging members to attract new members.

The Rev. Susan Folks says the painful decision to close St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church came from members themselves.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that about 100 people came to a final service Tuesday, but most gatherings drew just 30 regulars.

One member refers to St. John’s as a congregation of widows.

The church was built in 1942 and became one of six Lutheran churches within a six-mile area that boasted thriving industries.

Members in recent years have held Bible schools and neighborhood events to try to attract younger members and pay their bills.

Bishop Claire Burkat says the 11-pew church is just the latest victim of changing demographics and spiritual practices.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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