Today: 20 December 2014
 
 

  

Finding a church  


It's important to find the right Christian
church, so you feel comfortable and
make friends.

OK, so how do you go about finding a church where you’ll be able to develop a Christian faith?

It would be great if you could just go to the church at the end of your road and everything would be perfect, but unfortunately that doesn’t always work. We worship the same God, but we do so in many different styles.

We are all part of the body of Christ, but each expression of that in a local community feels different. You are a human being with a unique personality, and you need to find somewhere you can feel comfortable. If you are blessed enough to live in a country where there are churches near to you, you need to take your courage in your hands and go looking.

How do you find a church? Sometimes this is easy, as you can see a building! Most church buildings have noticeboards outside, with the times of their services on. The reason they are there is so that people like you can go in. So arrive about ten minutes early, go in, take a book if they offer one to you, sit in the main body of seats and wait. Hopefully someone will have met you as you come in, but even if they don’t the minister (leader) will lead you all through the service.

Alternatively, try looking at www.findachurch.co.uk, www.achurchnearyou.com, or www.new-wine.org where you should be able to find a church near you, at least if you are in the UK. If you are elsewhere in the world then do an internet search for ‘Anglican’, ‘Methodist’, or ‘Baptist’ churches near you. There are other churches that are good, but you are generally on safe ground with these kinds.

If you still can’t find anything then do email us, and we’ll see what we can do to help. We’re delighted that you are visiting Church on the Net, but we also want to help you find a church near you, so that you can continue growing.

(Some buildings call themselves ‘church’ but aren’t Christian. These include The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), spiritualist churches, Christian Scientist Churches, and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.)

What should you look for when you find one? It’s always strange at first, joining any organisation. So these may be helpful questions to ask:

  • Do people talk to me and make me welcome?
  • Is the teaching understandable, relevant, Bible-based and helpful?
  • Am I being encouraged to pray and to serve others?
  • Is there a good group for my children to go to?
  • If I you are a new Christian, will they help you to develop your relationship with God, and baptise you?
  • Is this church open to God leading in new ways, or do they try to put God in a box?

It may take you a little time to find a church. Don’t worry, keep looking! You won’t find a perfect church—only God is perfect. But do look for a place where you can grow and be an active part of God’s people.


Explore this subject in more depth

Pray: Lord, it is not your plan that we should be alone as Christians; you call us into fellowship with one another. Help me to find the fellowship and friendship of Christian believers, that we may share our journey together. Amen.

Find worldwide Anglican churches (not a complete list by any means!)

Find a UK church

Watch the music video Here I am to Worship

Smile: Watch a clip of the King of the Hill looking for a new church

Smile: watch a clip of Mr Bean going to church

Read the book Finding a Church You Can Love and Loving the Church You've Found by Kevin G. Harney & Sherry Harney




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