Social and community functions

Christians believe that it is part of their duty to act in a moral way, and this involves helping others around them. The Church can play a vital role in helping Christians and non-Christians in Wales, the rest of the UK and globally.

Some of the Christian-focused services the Church provides are:

  • food banks – a place where food is supplied free of charge to people living in poverty
  • helping the needy – eg the Salvation Army is a Christian denomination that provides help to those who are suffering
  • helping the homeless – eg Housing Justice is a Christian charity that tries to ensure everyone has a home

Jesus taught people about the importance of helping others who are less fortunate than themselves. This is why the Church has these extra functions.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit meMatthew 25:35-36

There are also many non-religious functions that can take place in a church, eg:

  • crèche facilities
  • youth groups
  • community meeting places (eg keep fit classes)
  • adult education classes
  • charity events
  • coffee mornings
  • birthday parties
  • concerts