The main function of a local church is as a place for Christians to worship. Bible study groups and Sunday schools run by local churches are opportunities to worship and learn more about Christianity. Rites of passage, such as baptisms, confirmations and marriages, are held in local churches, encouraging the involvement of the community.
Many Christians work to help their communities become better places to live. They see this as putting their Christian faith into action.
Christian churches are often open all day for quiet reflection, and everyone is welcome to attend their services. In this way, churches can provide support to the lonely and help those in need.
Many Christians volunteer for local charities, and some churches run food banks from their halls. Some Christians volunteer as street pastors, going out onto the streets at night to care for the homeless and those who are at risk. This practice flows from one of Jesus’ key teachings:
Love your neighbour as yourself.Mark 12:31
The Salvation Army is a Christian charity. It carries out its work in a number of different ways:
Why do Christians try to reflect Jesus in their actions?
Jesus spent a lot of time helping those who were in need.