Christian Faith is about living as best we can for God, living in His way that was shown to the world in His Son Jesus, the Christ. Sometimes we do this better than at other times! Christians believe that through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the times we don't do well, get it wrong, sin, fail (or whatever word you want here!) we are forgiven. His death on the cross dealt with all our failures and so we can look forward to receiving God's promise of eternal life.
We believe that God does not call us to have this faith alone, but to have it in company with others. So it is that Christians come together and become the church. As part of the church they help each other in their faith and life. Day to day living is important to God as is our eternal destiny, so Christians help each other with the 'ordinary' things of life as well as the 'spiritual' things of life. Christians can expect both to help others and be helped by others: a mutual support.
People can come to the church, the building where Christians gather, and sit amongst the church, the people themselves. Unless they tell those around them, no-one knows whether they are just curious, relaxing, enjoying music or an academic understanding of what's happening, or whether they are trying to follow God's way as seen in Jesus.
When people tell those around them that they are doing their best to follow Jesus, they become part of the church.
We recognise this in a simple ceremony and then know them as Full Members.
The church here is run by those who are Full Members. They meet six times a year and make all the major decisions. From amongst them they elect people to serve as Elders (not Olders!) who, with the Minister, look after the day-to-day running of the church and prepare the ground for the decisions that the Full Members take.
Telling others that you want to follow Jesu's way of life, that you are a Christian, is important from two aspects. One is that it helps the person themselves, because it?s easier to do something when you've told someone you are going to do it! The other is that it helps the church, because everyone else then knows here is someone who is part of the church family, who will help us be the people of God, just as we help them.
When you have a group of Christians worshipping, growing, developing their faith and life together, being a church, then so much can be achieved for God in the area the church is found in as well as in the wider world.