The services offered by local churches has evolved in the last couple of decades. In the past a church was the backbone of most communities, where people would meet and discuss important issues similar to the functions of a City Hall but with religious significance. As the needs of the public changed the church adapted to those ongoing needs. While the church pews have stayed the same over the decades, the role the church plays in the community has truly changed.
This is a list of some of the most common services that a church offers but it is by no means a complete list.
While most people are familiar with Sunday School service, where children are taught from an early age the history of their faith, this is not the only service being offered. There are churches that offer childcare and daycare services to parents who are in need of these services. There are a few benefits associated with these childcare services.
- Since the church is operated as a non-profit (most but not all churches may be registered as a non-profit) the cost of the childcare/daycare services are usually lower than what a for-profit childcare/daycare service provider would offer. Any additional revenue earned from these services would be redirected to the Church or projects that benefit the local community.
- Generally speaking, the staff who work at these centers follow the same religious beliefs as the parents of the children being cared for. This shared religious beliefs provide a conducive learning environment since the children learn about the religious importance of specific
Aside from providing childcare/daycare services, the church will usually provide additional services to the community.
Churches that are more established in the community may offer a food bank service. These services are for all people, so even members of the public at large who do not follow the Christian faith would be able to receive food if they are in need. The churches tend to have a very easy to use food bank administration process so there is little to no paperwork needed to access this facility. With a significant portion of the population experiencing food insecurity, this foodbank service can do a considerable amount of social good for the community as a whole.
Support Services for Individuals and Families
When an individual or family is experiencing some type of hardship whether it is securing a job or dealing with emotional problems, the church would have access to a variety of programs that can help alleviate those hardships. The church operates as a refer to programs that can meet the needs of anyone who needs help.
We have just scratched the surface on some of the services that are offered by the church and the next time you go for a Sunday service, look at the front of the church pews and you will see a document giving you a full list of services the church offers.