Social and community function of churches

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 Christians helping others as they provide:

  • food banks – a place where people living in poverty can go and collect some food
  • Salvation Army – a Christian denomination who help those who are suffering
  • help for the homeless – Housing Justice is a Christian charity who try to ensure everyone has a home

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

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

Jesus taught the importance of helping others who are less fortunate, and this is why the Church has these extra functions.

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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
Question

Describe the main functions of the church.

The Christian Church has many different functions. The main function of a local church is a place for Christians to worship. This can include individual worship and collective worship, such as a church service on a Sunday morning. As well as a place to worship, the church serves many other purposes, such as holding a Sunday school for children where they can learn about Jesus’ teachings, food banks for those who are living in poverty, concerts, fêtes and even crèche facilities.