According to research conducted by the Church of England (COE) and its Commission on Urban Life & Faith, 50% of 13-15 year olds in England & Wales believe in God & there is strong faith among them that prayer gave them a greater "sense of purpose." 75% of those who pray daily said they had a clear sense of purpose, while only 48% of those who never prayed expressed a sense of purpose.
Nevertheless, the research also showed that 25% have considered suicide & nearly 20% expressed a racial intolerance, stating that "too many black people" live in Britain.
The Commission report calls on the government to "explore a spiritual dimension" in its plans for children, to promote anti-rascist programs in schools & youth clubs, & to conduct a similar survey every 10 years.
The Rev. Lady Richardson of Calow, chair of the Commission, noted, "We can learn a valuable lesson from this report, one which could protect our children & help them to flourish."
The Lord's Servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will give them a change of heart leading to a knowledge of the truth
II Timothy 2:24-26