Why go to church?
Although many people are happy to live in a highly secular environment, and church attendance in the UK is low, there would appear to be huge numbers searching for some sort of spirituality. The upsurge of New Age thinking and interest in alternative therapies that call for recognition of a Supreme Being, point in this direction, and there is no doubt that many people still turn to churches in times of severe personal difficulty.
Nonetheless, there are parts of the world – Africa is an excellent example – where Christianity is gaining many converts.
What is different about this church?
The UCKG HelpCentre aims to enable people to get close to God in an informal and relaxed environment where they can focus on what He is saying. The focus is on connecting directly to God and not allowing formal religious ceremonies to get in the way, so services are markedly different from those of other Christian denominations.
The UCKG HelpCentre is committed to making the Bible relevant and applicable to modern day life, so that it is more meaningful for members.
Besides spiritual support and comfort, the church offers a range of practical support activities. It works hard to meet the needs of all age groups and walks of life, and does not shy away from challenging situations.
The UCKG HelpCentre holds a minimum of four church services a day at its headquarters in the Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London N4, and all other HelpCentres.
Services differ from those in some other Christian churches in that prayers are not read. They are spoken aloud and are expected to come from the heart and be spontaneous, relevant for the moment, informal not intimidating, and easy to join in.
The benefits of prayer
The UCKG HelpCentre clergy and members believe in the efficacy of prayer. However they acknowledge that it can be more effective for some people than others – this depends on the individual, their faith, and attitude towards God and prayer.
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