I think church is...

What is the church to you?

Well old friends, and hopefully some new ones, today I need your help.

Don’t worry, I’m not trying to flog you anything :) What I need from you is your opinions. I find that the world we live in is one where everyone has an opinion on pretty much everything… and those opinions are not always welcomed, but today I am eagerly seeking yours out.

One of the teams I help out on at our church is the LinK magazine team. A couple of times a year, the church produce a magazine full of stories and articles about people and faith. Please check out some past copies on the Kerith Website if you’re interested… there really are some great stories (and not just the ones I wrote ;))

For the next magazine I have been tasked with providing an article which gives an honest account of the way people see church in this day and age. You see the church has meant different things to individuals and society over the years, it has fulfilled a vast array of roles and has brought up a raft of emotional responses in people depending on their personal experience, belief system and life situations. As a team we are keen to understand what the view of the church is, not necessarily from those who would already consider themselves a part of it, but more specifically from those who wouldn’t.

I think church is...

So… whatever your beliefs, whether you’ve stepped foot inside a church or not, I would love you to leave me a comment with a short phrase that sums up your view of the church. Please be honest, but I would also ask you to be respectful in your replies as well – common courtesy is not dead yet :)

For you Helen Cottee blog regulars, please wing this post around social media sites so that we broaden the net of feedback.

Get commenting people!!!

Edit: Some people have asked to send private message. If you would rather do this please feel free to email me at helencottee@icloud.com

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17 thoughts on “What is the church to you?

  1. The church is the people not the building, they are my community, my extended family, who encourage me, pray for me and I for them both practically and in our walk on this earth as Christians. The building is a place to meet the church, for me a Sunday is a special time, out of the world to learn, pray and worship our God.

  2. You’ve made me think Esther, I have my opinions on religion but that’s not what is being asked for. I think Church is a place where one can either be part of a community of people with the same beliefs or somewhere one can visit to be alone with their thoughts. I have not been part of a Church for many years but I do visit old churches with reverence, I suppose on that score it’s the museum for good people to me.

  3. To me church (little ‘c’) is a sanctuary. A place to find like-minded people who don’t claim to be perfect but are striving towards better. A place to feel part of God’s family, with all the joys, sorrows, laughter and frustrations that brings. We may not always achieve it but it should be somewhere that everyone feels welcomed.

  4. I think church is like a club that a lot of people go to as routine, for reasons of community, or school or tradition. Probably only half there are committed to god. (my opinion based on our church).

  5. The answer depends on what day it is! I used to feel Church was my family, a safe place, a place to reflect and commune with God. Now I feel I can do these things every day without Church as a building. Recently I have found Church to be filled with double standards and ickyness!!

  6. To me, church means community.
    It doesn’t matter if the church is a building of outstanding architecture or a tin shack with a leaky roof. It’s the people inside the church that matter and what’s in their hearts.

  7. Church to me is somewhere quiet for contemplation, somewhere I can go, and belong when I need to. A reminder of my Papa who was a Vicar, a reminder of my childhood, somewhere that is part of my life when I need it, but personally, I have never felt the need to visit every week. I also find the buildings very special, I love old buildings and history, they are part of our past.

  8. The church to me (an atheist) is a collection of people trying to make sense of the world they live in. But instead of looking for answers for themselves they would rather look for answers in a book that has been cobbled together from various religious texts, translated, edited, translated again then re-interpreted.
    If all religion was removed from the world then brought back into being 100 years in the future it would bare no resemblance to any of the religions that existed before. If science was removed from the world then brought back into being 100 years in the future it would be exactly the same as it is now, the truth is the truth and facts are facts nothing can change what is real but if its not real and fixed in the laws of reality its not real!!

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