When was the last time you were in a church? A substantial portion of the population has not been to church in a very long time for a variety of reasons. The purpose of this conversation is to not have you return to church for religious reasons but to introduce you to the full range of services that churches offer beyond speaking from church pulpits.
Services Churches Offer to the Community
This is just a list of some of the services most churches offer to their community. The list is by no means an exhaustive or all-inclusive list.
- Marriage/couples counselling. If you and your significant other are having challenges, you could reach out to your local church and find out whether they provide couples counselling. The vast majority of clergy are trained in counselling couples on a variety of issues and this counselling is not based solely on articles of faith. These services are offered at no or virtually no cost and the advice given can really help you overcome your relationship challenges.
- Daycare/Childcare/Preschool/Primary school. Depending on the size of your church, you may be able to get access to high quality childcare. There is a misconception that churches offering childcare or educational facilities will require the parents/children to be Christian, that is not the case. While some components of the curriculum may have religious elements to it, the quality of education is comparable to what a non-religious firm would provide but at a fraction of the cost.
- Grief counselling and emotional support. Individuals who are experiencing any type of grief would benefit from speaking with the clergy. The clergy is trained to do more than simply provide sermons from behind their church pulpits, they are well-versed in dealing with people who are experiencing grief from a religious and pragmatic point of view.
- Food insecurity support services. Individuals who do not have enough food to sustain them can get some of their nutritional needs met by visiting a church soup kitchen. The church strives to provide warm meals to the public on a regular basis. Individuals who are not able to attend the soup kitchen may be able to get their nutritional needs met by going to a church food bank. With a growing number of people facing food insecurity, the food bank is meeting a vital societal need.
- Addictions counselling. Individuals who are battling an addiction whether to drugs, gambling or some alcohol, their local church will be able to help them access the support services needed to overcome the addiction.
We have just scratched the surface on the most common services that churches offer to their congregation. Along with addressing the needs of the economically disadvantaged, the church works hard to provide wholesome sources of entertainment for the family which can include plays and outdoor activities. Individuals who are seeking out a place where they can meet other people in a non-threatening environment should head over to their local church