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In 2003, England was were living in a post 9/11, devolved society and the world was changing. I was interested to know how that was reflected in everyday life. Over the next couple of years I thought about the place of religion in society and pondered – is it how we work or how we worship that defines us, or how we play? Is it the way we spend our leisure time?
Sunday trading legislation has made shopping a seven-day week affair and the phenomenal growth of a digital culture has meant it is harder to switch off from work and the world. These are just two factors affecting our behaviour on the Sabbath. With Church of England attendance figures at an all-time low, it posed the question: if the majority of people in England aren’t attending church on a Sunday, what are they doing? And how does the way people spend their leisure time reflect the nature of society in 21st century England?