There are Christadelphian ecclesias (we call our church communities ‘ecclesias’, which is the original New Testament word) all over India and around the world. Beyond a common agreement on core beliefs, each ecclesia makes its own decisions about how to organise its activities, based on the needs of its members. We aim to model our ecclesias after what we read in the New Testament.
Ecclesias meet weekly – usually on Sundays – for a breaking of bread meeting. With regard to breaking bread and drinking wine, Jesus told us to ‘do this in remembrance of me’, and so we meet this way to remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and the promise of his second coming. The bread represents his body and the wine his blood. At these meetings we read from the Bible and listen to an ‘exhortation’ – a talk prepared by a member of our ecclesia to refocus our minds and encourage us. Prayers and singing of hymns (songs of praise) are also important parts of these meetings.
Ecclesias hold Bible study classes to help members learn the message of the Bible and how to apply the principles it teaches. These studies are prepared by members of the ecclesia, usually as an address to the audience, but sometimes as interactive classes, and nearly always followed by a opportunity for discussion. Often they are held on a mid-week evening, but this will vary according to an ecclesia's needs.
The Bible clearly tells us to teach its message to our children. While this important responsibility rests firstly with each family, ecclesias also run Sunday School lessons, usually on Sunday mornings, with teachers providing a safe and interactive learning environment. The lessons and activities vary according to the age of the children.
There are Christadelphians in most states and territories in India. Contact us to find out if there is a Christadelphian community near you. Here is a brief list of some of the places where we are: