Christians follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, who they believe was the Son of God - learn more about including Christian members
What is Christianity?
Christianity is the most widely practiced religion in the world. Christians follow the teaching of Jesus Christ, who they believe was the Son of God.
Christians believe that there is one God present in three forms - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - known as the Trinity.
The religious text of Christianity is the Bible, which is divided into the Old and the New Testaments. Christians worship in churches. This may refer to the physical building where people worship, or the community of people coming together to worship.
Their spiritual leaders are called priests, ministers, pastors or vicars - this depends on the denomination of Christianity.
There are different denominations of Christianity including Catholicism, Church of England, Methodism and Quakers. Members may identify themselves based on their denomination rather than using the overarching term of Christianity.
Points to consider
Each denomination may have different beliefs or religious obligations which they need to observe. Many Christians attend church on a Sunday, which may affect members attending events organised during the weekend.
Some denominations of Christianity also have holy days of obligation where they will attend church. This may affect attendance at meetings.
Some denominations, such as Quakers, may not be able to take part in fundraising that involves gambling – including raffles. Consider offering a range of fundraising options so that all members are able to attend at least one event.
Things you can do in your unit
Developing your beliefs is part of the Promise, so if there is a Christian girl or volunteer in your unit take this as an opportunity to learn more. You could:
- ask a parent, volunteer, girl or young women to lead a session on Christianity and how it influences their daily lives
- learn about a Christian festival, such as Christingle
- visit a local church and find out more about the building and traditions
- learn about a patron saints, and how a person becomes a saint