What Is Our Church Community Like?
Church isn’t just a place to worship God, it’s also a place to serve Him. And one of the best ways to serve God is by taking care of the people around us. That might be bringing a hot meal to someone in need or simply being a good friend. Church members also volunteer to fill specific roles in their congregation like teaching Sunday School, playing music, organizing activities, or doing missionary work.
Our congregations, called wards or branches, are made up of Church members in nearby neighborhoods. Your ward can become much like an extended family. You might have even heard members of our church call each other “brother” or “sister.”
Caring for others
A program called Ministering helps us make sure all Church members have a friend they can lean on in times of need. Adults and youth are asked to befriend and care for specific individuals and families. Ministering helps us follow Jesus’s example of how to love our neighbor as ourselves. We visit each other, pray for each other, serve each other, and comfort each other.
Because families are so important, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reserve one night a week for family night, commonly referred to as Family Home Evening (FHE). They spend time together, learn the gospel, eat treats, and have fun.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also provides classes and programs to help every member live a happier, more fulfilling life.
The women’s group is called the Relief Society. And though you might not have heard of it, it’s one of the largest women’s organization in the world. It’s a sisterhood committed to helping those in need, building faith, and strengthening families. The Relief Society holds various social and service activities throughout the year. Come join us!
The men’s group is called Elders Quorum. As part of church, they meet together for faith-building lessons. One of their major responsibilities is service; they care for the widows, do yard work, or even haul furniture. They often arrange social activities, such as barbeques or sporting events.
Young men and women ages 12–17 have their own Sunday School classes during church. One evening a week, they meet for activities like hiking, sporting events, service projects, and lessons on life skills. They also have dances a few times a year.
Children ages 3–11 attend a Sunday School class called Primary. On Sundays, Primary children sing songs, participate in fun learning activities, and have lessons about Jesus and His teachings.