Churches as Community Centers

Many people think of churches as nothing more than houses of worship. While the main church building does have this function, it is often only a small part of what happens on church grounds. Through the centuries, churches have been a place where people have gathered for news, socialization and learning. They have been the main social outlet for many families. This is still true today. Modern churches often have gyms or community centers for non-worship activities.

Formal religious worship is normally held in the church on the Sabbath. This is the day when the majority of the congregation attends church. Most churches do have daily worship services, but they are not well attended. Rather than leave the church and other buildings empty, many churches have kept up a tradition of providing a variety of services for their congregation members during the rest of the week.