No. Being a Christian fundamentally means you believe in the birth, works, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and try to live each day as if his opinion matters.
However, many Christians find that being with others who believe the same thing they do helps them. Churches are groups of Christians who like to meet together to worship and learn about God. Companionship, family, and friends are important to many Christians and church enables us to have that at least once a week. Church also gives Christians a set time to focus on God, when throughout the week other things might get in the way. We want God to be the centre of our lives and bringing everything back to him once a week can help us to do that. Sermons, discussion and debate all help us on our Christian journeys and can only be achieved with the help of others.
There are loads of churches in the area that can help people who are already Christians or for people exploring what the Christian faith is about. Do get in touch with us if you would like more information about churches near you.
You may know that the 4 books in the Bible that tell the stories of Jesus' life (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are called the Gospels. The word 'gospel' means 'good news'. Jesus knew that his message of love, forgiveness and salvation was the most important and best news anyone could ever hear. It was a message that could literally change the world. He wanted everyone to know about it and live it out in a practical way, not just those who lived in that place and that time. He chose his followers to be the people to share it. Just before Jesus ascended into Heaven he said to his disciples, "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." This is known as the Great Commission and is found in Matthew 28:19-20.
The disciples were effectively the first 'church'- a group of people who would live as Jesus commanded and share the message with others through their words and their actions. They would love people, care for the sick, feed the hungry, pray for healing and share the Gospel. As more people became disciples (followers of Jesus), they would become part of the church as well and follow the Great Commission for themselves. The message of Jesus would then spread.
So, the Church (Christians use a capital C to refer to the whole Church and a small c for an individual church) was made so the whole world would know about Jesus.