Just before Christmas our band did an event in a Church of Scotland church building. In conversation with the minister of the church, I remarked at how impressive the building was. I enthused at how wonderful his Christmas services must be in a building that was so suited to the traditonal type carol service. He replied that only a few people turned up because most of his congregation were elderly and struggled to turn out to evening events.
He then told me that at one time the church seated 980 people. On Sundays when communion was served they had to have two services. Amazing!
No doubt this was the case throughout Scotland - and the rest of the UK. Where did all those people go? What happened?