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How do Christians worship?

What would you say is the most important thing in your life? How do you show that to other people?

For some people the most important thing might be a football team. They might go to see them play regularly. They might have posters of them up in their room or wear the club shirt to show people that they support them. They feel good when the team is doing well in the league and bad when they are bottom of the table. Others might follow a band. They might have all their music on their iPod and know all the lyrics to the songs. They might know all there is to know about the band and even join a fanclub.

All of these things are a sign of love, admiration and dedication – in a way it is a form of worship.

The word ‘worship’ comes from the old term “worth-ship”. It literally means giving someone the honour they are worth.

Christians believe that the only one worthy of true worship is in fact God. But how do Christians worship?

In Church the phrase, ‘we are going to now enter into a time of worship’ is often used. In the church setting this will usually mean a time of singing and praying but the early Christians would have no idea what this meant! To them everything was worship. The way they lived and for some even the way they died. Every day, hour, minute was an opportunity to worship God. All that Christians do in God’s service is therefore an act of worship. In fact, the Bible uses the same word for both ‘worship’ and ‘service’. Cleaning the church building, giving money to charity, saying kind words to others, telling people about God, even doing the washing up could all be classed as worship! So when Christians gather together as a church to worship, this should really be simply a continuation of their daily life.

Allow your grateful heart to rise up in worship, let your heart, mind and spirit rise above your daily challenges and be put into perspective in the light of God’s love and favour for you. (Paul Critchley at Presence Worship.)

 

 

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One of the biggest questions about the Bible is simply: is it true? This article looks at some of the historical evidence for the Bible’s reliability. “Not only is there the evidence of changed lives that makes the Bible believable but archaeology and other historical […]

Church Tours

Come & see inside different types of church buildings

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Church Tours

Come & see inside different types of church buildings

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Church buildings come in all shapes and sizes. Take a guided tour around a few church buildings belonging to different Christian denominations. What do they have in common? What makes them different? What do they have in common? What makes them different? Can you spot […]

Church Leaders

What is it like to lead a Christian community?

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Church Leaders

What is it like to lead a Christian community?

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The leaders of local churches are know by lots of different names: ‘Clergy’, ‘Vicar’, ‘Priest’, ‘Pastor’, ‘Minister’ and many other titles. The titles used generally depend on the denomination of the church and the responsibilities of the leader. Learn about the church leaders in different […]

The Independent Church

What is an Independent Church like?

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The Independent Church

What is an Independent Church like?

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Woodlands Church is a thriving community based in the heart of Bristol. Woodlands is an Independent Evangelical Church. Learn more about what it’s like by watching the films here.

Church

What is church?

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Church

What is church?

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Take a minute to think about church. What pictures do you imagine? You may think of a building you have seen in your community. It may be old or new. It may have a cross outside it to show it is a special place for […]

Emperor Constantine

How did Christianity become such an important religion in the Roman Empire?

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Emperor Constantine

How did Christianity become such an important religion in the Roman Empire?

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In 312 CE Constantine was about to lead his army in a battle that would change the world. The soldiers of his enemy Maxentius faced him at the Milvian Bridge outside Rome. The winner would become the Roman Emperor. Constantine was a pagan who worshipped […]

The Roman Catholic Church

What is the Catholic Church?

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The Roman Catholic Church

What is the Catholic Church?

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The Roman Catholic Church is one of the oldest branches of Christianity. Take a look at the films to learn more about life in the Roman Catholic Church.

Salvation Army

What is it like to be a member of the Salvation Army?

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Salvation Army

What is it like to be a member of the Salvation Army?

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“The Salvation Army was started by William Booth in 1865. It was known as The East London Christian Mission. In 1878 the name ‘The Salvation Army’ was first used – a picture which caught people’s imagination. This Army never fights against people but against wrong […]

Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

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Prejudice and the Bible

Is the Bible racist?

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Jesus was a victim of both religious and racial discrimination. Israel was under occupation by the Roman Empire, causing tension and animosity on both sides. There was hatred between the Jews and their neighbours of mixed race, the Samaritans (i.e. people from a region called […]

The Eastern Orthodox Church

What is life like in the Orthodox Church?

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The Eastern Orthodox Church

What is life like in the Orthodox Church?

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The Orthodox Church is one of the three main Christian groups alongside  Roman Catholic and Protestant.The word ‘Orthodox’ comes from the Greek words orthos (‘right’) and doxa (‘belief’) so literally means correct belief or right thinking. The figure head of the Eastern Orthodox Church is the […]

Music

How do Christians use music in worship?

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Music

How do Christians use music in worship?

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Music has always been important in worship – whether it’s with other people or by yourself. You’ll find a lot of singing in the Bible. It talks about angels singing constantly to God to praise him. The longest book in the Bible – the book […]

Giving

What do Christians think about giving?

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Giving

What do Christians think about giving?

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A good test of how much something or someone means to you is how much you are willing to give for it. You may spend a huge amount of money or effort on a gift for a special person. You may spend all your time […]

Communion

What do Christians celebrate at Communion?

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Communion

What do Christians celebrate at Communion?

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What are the most important events in your life? How do you celebrate or remember them? Why is communion so important for Christians?   Communion is based on a real event, known as the Last Supper. On the night before Jesus died, he had a […]

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How do Christians Pray?

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There are all kinds of different ways Christians choose to pray. Some Christians practice meditation. In this type of prayer a Christian will think deeply about God. This involves organising a time when you will be on your own in silence. You might use something […]

Prayer

What is Christian prayer?

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Prayer

What is Christian prayer?

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What kind of picture do you have when you hear the word ‘prayer’? Have you ever prayed? What did you pray about? Why did you pray? For many Christians, prayer is just the name they give to speaking to God. It includes listening and thinking, […]

The Orthodox Church

What does an Orthodox Church look like?

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The Orthodox Church

What does an Orthodox Church look like?

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  Here are some images from inside an Orthodox Church. You can discover some of the worship in the Orthodox Church by watching this film.

The Methodist Church

What is life like in a Methodist Church?

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The Methodist Church

What is life like in a Methodist Church?

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Methodism is the name given to the group of churches that came out of the Christian revival of the 18th century, led by the Wesley brothers, John and Charles. At first, Methodists were known as troublemakers! Nowadays the church is just as ‘respectable’ as any […]

Worship in the Free Church of Scotland

One person's experience of life in the Free Church of Scotland

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Worship in the Free Church of Scotland

One person's experience of life in the Free Church of Scotland

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This is one person’s account of their own experiences in a Free Church of Scotland: “I am part of the Free Church of Scotland. This denomination is very strong in the Western Isles of Scotland, where many of the services are in Gaelic, the traditional […]

Outreach in the Church of Scotland

How does the Church of Scotland care for the community?

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Outreach in the Church of Scotland

How does the Church of Scotland care for the community?

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Parish churches are at the heart of Scotland’s communities. They often still exist in villages or deprived urban areas where shops, banks and other institutions have disappeared. The Church delivers and supports a range of social care programmes in these and other communities through its Social […]

Roman Catholic Mass

How do Catholics worship God?

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Roman Catholic Mass

How do Catholics worship God?

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At the centre of Roman Catholic worship is the Mass. Some Catholics go to Mass on Saturday or Sunday evening; all Catholics are supposed to go to at least one of these services. On entering a Catholic Church next to the door there is a […]

The Baptist Church

What's life in a Baptist Church like?

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The Baptist Church

What's life in a Baptist Church like?

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What makes a Baptist Church different from other Christian churches is partly found in the name. Unlike some other churches the Baptist Church does not baptise infants but instead once a person has made a commitment to the Christian faith then they will be baptised […]

Church of England Worship

How is the liturgy used in the Anglican Church?

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Church of England Worship

How is the liturgy used in the Anglican Church?

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At the heart of the Church of England lies worship. Christians believe that it is through encountering God within worship that we are changed to be more like Jesus. One form of worship that is encountered in church services is liturgical worship. Liturgy simply refers to […]

The Church of England

What is life like in the Anglican Church?

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The Church of England

What is life like in the Anglican Church?

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The Church of England – also called the Anglican Church – has a long history. Its buildings which are used for worship on Sundays can date back hundreds of years. But despite its age, there is a lot of life and activity in the church […]

Churches Organisations

What organisations help Christians work and worship together?

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Churches Organisations

What organisations help Christians work and worship together?

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Churches Together

Do Christians from different churches ever meet together?

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Churches Together

Do Christians from different churches ever meet together?

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There have always been different ideas around in the Christian Church. The Bible teaches that some things are really important – and on others we can agree to differ. Churches are united in central beliefs – for example, those in the Nicene Creed – and […]

Maundy Thursday

What do Christians remember on Maundy Thursday?

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Maundy Thursday

What do Christians remember on Maundy Thursday?

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Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy Week, the Thursday before Easter Day. On this day Christians remember the event known as The Last Supper. It was also the night when Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. He was later betrayed by […]

Churches Together

How do churches work together in their communities?

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Churches Together

How do churches work together in their communities?

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Why did Jesus pray that his followers  ‘may be one?’ (John 17:21). What is the importance of unity for the church? How do different Churches in our communities meet and work together in? How do they celebrate their faith and share their commitment to loving […]

The Nicene Creed

What do all Christians believe?

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The Nicene Creed

What do all Christians believe?

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In AD325, the Emperor Constantine called together 120 bishops from across the Roman Empire, to agree on a statement of what all Christians believe (The Creed). The Nicene Creed is named after the place where they met. Christian churches are united by this one statement […]

Not just Sunday…

What happens in churches during the week?

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Not just Sunday…

What happens in churches during the week?

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Church is about more than what happens in the sanctuary on a Sunday morning. Jesus taught that his followers should love their neighbour and the local church provides a place for many Christians to serve the people in their communities during the week. Try to […]

Worship in church

What happens inside a typical church?

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Worship in church

What happens inside a typical church?

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The Church in the Bible

How does the Bible describe the Church?

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The Church in the Bible

How does the Bible describe the Church?

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  The Bible used a lot of word-pictures to help early Christians understand what the Church is designed to be. Church is a body – Jesus’ body, with Jesus himself as the Head (Ephesians 1: 22-23). Bodies are made of different parts – hands, feet, […]

The Early Church

What were the very first churches like?

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The Early Church

What were the very first churches like?

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When the Bible talks about church, it isn’t really talking about a building. ‘Church’ is the name given to people who follow Jesus, who meet together to worship God and learn to do what God asks them to. It is the people in the building […]

Dedication

What happens in a dedication service?

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Dedication

What happens in a dedication service?

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Some churches believe that being baptised is something people should decide to do when they are old enough. But they still think that welcoming children into the church is important. In these churches, you might find a ‘dedication’ or ‘thanksgiving’ service. Infant dedication is a […]

Rites of Passage

How do Christians celebrate big life changes?

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Rites of Passage

How do Christians celebrate big life changes?

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What are the big ‘milestones’ you’ve experienced in your life? Maybe you can remember the first day you went to school. Maybe it was a time you moved to a new place to live. Maybe you’ve even moved country. Life is full of these big […]

Jesus’ Teaching: Prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

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Jesus’ Teaching: Prayer

What did Jesus teach about prayer?

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Prayer is important for Christians, as they believe it is one of the main ways through which our relationship with God can grow deeper. Just as we grow closer to our friends when we spend time with them, so Christians believe that in spending time […]

Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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Timeline of Jesus’ Life

What do the Gospels tell us?

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What do we know about Jesus? How do we know about his life and work? What are the key features of Jesus’ life?

Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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Jesus’ death

What do Christians believe about why Jesus died?

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Jesus died by being crucified. ‘Crucifixion’ means nailed to a cross. The cross was then lifted up outside the city walls (in Jesus’ case, Jerusalem) so everybody could see it. The people on the cross were then left to die in the hot sun. It […]

Jesus’ miracles: the feeding of the 5,000

How did Jesus treat people who were hungry?

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Jesus’ miracles: the feeding of the 5,000

How did Jesus treat people who were hungry?

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Miracles are often seen as signs by the Gospel writers to explain what sort of God Christians believe in and how Jesus his Son shows that. This story shows that Jesus can supply the basic needs we have – in John’s version of the story, […]

The Lost Son

What does it mean?

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The Lost Son

What does it mean?

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‘The Lost Son’ is the third of a group of Jesus’ parables about the idea of losing and finding. In the first one, a shepherd has a hundred sheep and then goes looking for one who wanders off. In the second one, a woman who […]

Prodigal Lost Son

Parables: The Lost Son

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‘The Lost (or Prodigal) Son’ is a very famous parable. It is the last of three parables Jesus tells about ‘lost’ things – first a sheep, then a coin, then finally a child. In the parable, the father represents God. The son represents the people […]

Jesus’ teaching

What did Jesus teach people?

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Jesus’ teaching

What did Jesus teach people?

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Jesus was known as Rabbi or teacher as he taught people a lot about how they should live and the decisions they should make. But what exactly did Jesus teach about: revenge? worry? prayer? giving? These films show Jesus’ core teaching on these important issues.

Bible facts

How much do you know about the Bible?

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Bible facts

How much do you know about the Bible?

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The Bible is: still a world bestseller and is still read by millions of people today   The Bible has: Been translated into more languages than any other book   The Bible was: written over a period of 1,500 years written in different places, at […]

What is the Bible?

Introduction to this best selling book.

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What is the Bible?

Introduction to this best selling book.

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Christians often refer to the Bible as ‘God’s Word’ and therefore see it as the most important book ever written. Although the Bible is more than 3000 years old Christians believe that, through this amazing book, God is still teaching, helping and guiding them today. […]

Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Questions about Jesus

What do we know about Jesus?

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Did Jesus really exist? Yes. The New Testament part of the Bible tells us about who Jesus was, what he did, and why. But other writings by people who weren’t Christians also talk about a man named Jesus. Roman and Jewish historians such as Josephus […]