Confused about all the church buildings in your community? Want to know what the differences are? Or just interested in exploring other traditions?
Here's a list of links for starters. It's not intended to be comprehensive but covers most of the Christian denominations that you are likely to come across or hear about most regularly.
|Baptist Church||“the concept of a family is important. The church is not so much a particular place or building, but rather a family of believers, committed to Christ, to one another and to the service of God in the world. Everybody is equal, for everybody has a part to play in the service of God”|
|Catholic Church||“the largest Christian denomination in the world. It has more than one billion members worldwide – roughly one in every six people is a baptised Catholic”|
|Church in Wales||"The Church in Wales (Welsh: Yr Eglwys yng Nghymru) is the Anglican church in Wales. Unlike the Church of England, the Church in Wales is not an established church."|
|Church of England||“the Scriptures and the Gospels, the Apostolic Church and the early Church Fathers, are the foundation of Anglican faith and worship in the 44 self-governing Churches that make up the Anglican Communion”|
|Church of Scotland||“our vision is to be a church which seeks to inspire the people of Scotland and beyond with the Good News of Jesus Christ through enthusiastic worshipping, witnessing, nurturing and serving communities. With over 400,000 members, the Church of Scotland is one of the largest organisations in Scotland”|
|Free Church of Scotland||“seeking to transform the lives of believers, our communities and the nation through the Gospel. The Free Church believes that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Consequently, everything from our patterns of worship to our church structures seeks to reflect clear Biblical teaching”|
|Iona Community||“a dispersed Christian ecumenical community working for peace and social justice, rebuilding of community and the renewal of worship. Based on Iona, Mull, in Glasgow, and with members throughout the world”|
|Methodist Church in Britain||"all can be saved: Methodists have always been clear that no-one is beyond the reach of God's love and that our faith rests not on our own feelings, but on the promises of a faithful God. Living a holy life is not just about personal spirituality and prayer”|
|Quakers in Britain||“a way of life rooted in a transforming experience of the Divine. From this we seek to live out our principles of truth, peace, simplicity and equality, recognising that of God in everyone. Our meetings offer a place of welcome, encounter and spiritual exploration”|
|Scottish Episcopal Church||“a deeply Scottish Church whose history is interwoven with the whole story of Christianity in Scotland, much of its worship is sacramental in character. The Scottish Episcopal Church is known as a Province of the Anglican Communion”|
|United Reformed Church||“seeks to work with Christians of all traditions, and is part of more than 400 Local Ecumenical Partnerships. It is also committed to theological and cultural diversity and has declared itself a multicultural church, rejoicing in the gifts of members from across the world”|