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For those of the Christian faith, the church is a gathering place for worship and community. While the Bible provides a basis for how the faith is expressed, services may vary slightly based on the denomination. A Baptist service may be quite different from a Catholic service. But each congregation shares a sense of hope, grace and fellowship. Here are some terms associated with the church and its various denominations.

  • Catholic – A member of the Roman Catholic Church, which tradition says was founded by the Apostle Peter at the bequest of Jesus Christ.
  • Lutheran – A denomination founded by Martin Luther in the 16th century, which departed from Catholic tradition in its views on certain doctrines and teachings.
  • Baptist – A Protestant faith with a strong belief in individual freedom and the separation of church and state.
  • Methodist – Founded in the 17th century, the Methodist church is characterized with active community participation, particularly in social welfare issues.
  • Presbyterian – The Presbyterian church was modeled after the traditional Calvinist churches in Europe, but is also one of the few denominations to ordain women as ministers.
  • Orthodox – A branch of the Catholic faith that separated from Roman Catholic tradition in the year 1054. It remains a dominant religion in many Slavic nations.
  • Communion – A church ritual in which parishioners are given bread and wine, symbolizing the body and blood of Christ.
  • Liturgy – The form and content of the church service.
  • Tithe – The percentage of income a church member is asked to give to their church.
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    Saint Mary Of The Assumption
    159 Church St, Cheshire, MA 01225
    Contact our Catholic church at (413) 749-4008 in Cheshire, MA, to learn more about our mass and community outreach services.
    (413) 749-4008
    Tempasure, LLC
    Po Box 159, Hatfield, MA 01038
    Tempasure, LLC PO Box 159 Hatfield MA 01038, (413) 349-5511 gschurch@tempasuredirect.com Greg Schurch
    (413) 349-5511
    First Congregational Church in Amherst
    165 Main St, Amherst, MA 01002
    First Congregational Church in Amherst seeks to follow the call of Jesus Christ. Contact us in Amherst, MA.
    (413) 259-8801
    Agape Christian Fellowship
    30 Canal St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 257-4069
    West County Baptist Church
    108 Main Rd, Colrain, MA 01340
    (413) 339-4488
    Green Mountain Chapel
    480 Western Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 254-5258
    Colrain Community Church
    306 Main Rd, Colrain, MA 01340
    (413) 624-3808
    Guilford Community Church
    38 Church Dr, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 257-2776
    The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints
    92 E Colrain Rd, Colrain, MA 01340
    (413) 772-8514
    Church of Christ
    303 Western Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 254-6906
    First Church of Christ Scientist
    57 Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 254-5117
    Centre Congregational Church
    193 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 254-4730
    St Michael's Roman Catholic Church
    47 Walnut St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 257-5101
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    161 Western Ave, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 254-4220
    Iglesia Pentecostal Luz De Salvation Inc
    55 Marlboro Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301
    (802) 258-9804

    Religion has been around practically since the start of civilization. Choosing a faith is a personal and, at times, lifelong journey, with many choosing to follow one of the most popular religions in the world: Christianity. This large religion, concentrating on the beliefs detailed in the Bible, is divided into branches with distinct differences ranging from Presbyterianism to Methodism. One of the most popular branches of Christianity is Catholicism. Roman Catholics interpret the Bible to worship Jesus and his Apostles who spread his word and are the result of a split away from the Lutherans. The Baptist denomination is unique in its immersion-based baptism and its emphasis on the New Covenant, or the coming of the Messiah. The southern United States features one of the highest concentrations of Baptists along with evangelicalism and Methodists. The Methodist community recognizes Holy Communion and baptism as Sacraments, and many of its structural elements are founded from the original beliefs of Anglicanism. Presbyterianism worship stems from Calvinism and the Reformation, where the authority of God and the Scriptures is the paramount source of grace. These branches all focus on similar missions in their teachings and concentration on events such as Easter, Good Friday, and the Pentecost. Locating the fellowship right for you begins with an exploration of your own personal beliefs and life experiences. What do you hope to achieve from your faith and your congregation? Do you consider yourself a strict orthodox worshiper or something less? These questions will help pinpoint the community right for you. Consult an official in an episcopal church concerning your questions and experiment with different sects as well as churches to find one right for you. When life’s messages come in fuzzy, the presence of Christ helps to filter it and lead you down the right path.
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