Diversity of worship practices

Different Christian denominations worship in different ways:

  • Anglicans, Catholics and Orthodox Christians have a set form of worship. It is a formal ritual based around the sacraments, particularly Holy Communion. This type of worship is called liturgical worship.
  • Other Christian churches practise non-liturgical worship, eg Baptists and Quakers. This kind of worship has no set form and often does not involve Holy Communion. It is usually centred on Bible readings, a sermon, music and prayers. It can be structured or unstructured and spontaneous.

Whatever style of worship is used, most Christians believe it is important to come together to share acts of devotion and honour to God.