Because Christianity is about relationship and community, the best way to find out about faith and prayer, to raise questions and to get help, is to meet up regularly with other Christians and those exploring faith.
The early church (who were all very new to faith!) “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). Whether we are just exploring faith or have been a Christian for years, it’s a good idea to follow that example of devotion—and to the same things. Back then, they had no designated church building, but “every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts” (Acts 2:46). Wherever the meeting takes place, believers thrive on fellowship with other believers and the teaching of God’s Word.
Church is the place where followers of Christ can love one another (1 John 4:12), encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), “spur” one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), instruct one another (Romans 15:14), honor one another (Romans 12:10), and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32).
We all need the assistance and encouragement of other believers (1 Corinthians 12:21–26).
The Church of Ireland is just one of the Christian churches in this country. We seek to work alongside, coordinate with and encourage other Christian churches and denominations as well as build friendship with secular and other faith groups and work together where appropriate.