Christian Practices: Forms of Worship 1

What is the nature of worship?

Hello all, in this our final segment on Christian Practices we will consider worship. We will look at: The nature and significance of liturgical, informal and individual worship: Matthew 18:20. The nature and importance of prayer: The Lord’s Prayer. Set prayers and informal prayers: different forms of worship across the different Christian traditions with reference to Society of Friends and Evangelical worship

Recap Questions

What are the two major Christian festivals?

Easter and Christmas

What are the two types of baptism?

Infant and Believers

What are two Christian sites of pilgrimage?

Walsingham and Taize

What data is used to assess the faith of the UK?


What do some point to as evidence that the UK is a Christian country?

Traditions, UK laws, festivals observed by many e.g. Christmas and support of the local community e.g. use of church halls.

  • To investigate forms of worship.
  • To understand new terminology.
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Task 1
Below is a quote from Matthew: chapter 18, verse 20. Note it down, then in your own words explain what you think it means and what affect it might have on a believer who read it.

Task 2
When considering worship there are many types. For this specification there are three key terms you need to know: liturgical, informal and individual.
Using the text below sourced from the BBC write a definition for each of these terms.

Liturgical worship
Liturgical worship is a pattern of worship with set prayers and readings that can be found in a printed book. Christians often join together as a congregation in church to participate in liturgical worship. They sing hymns , pray and recite set responses to readings.
In liturgical services, Christians may feel connected to the traditions of their church through taking part in these ceremonies, which may have been the same for many years. Roman Catholic, Church of England and Orthodox churches worship in this way.

Informal and individual worship
Church worship that is informal and less structured is referred to as non-liturgical worship . In this type of worship, there are more opportunities for services to be tailored to different circumstances. For example, the sermon could be on a theme that is relevant to the time or situation, and may become the main part of the service. Prayers can be in the service leader’s own words. They may also be totally unscripted, rather than being read from a book.
Individual worship for Christians tends to be informal and unstructured, although some Christians follow liturgical patterns of worship for individual prayer. For instance, many Catholic Christians say set prayers using a rosary. 

Task 3

The nature and importance of prayer. Prayer is a fundamental component of Christian practice. Prayer can be both set and informal. Read about set prayers at the top of page 196 (link below). Take a page or piece of paper and fold in half. On one side write out the Lord’s Prayer – a set cross-denominational prayer. On the other side take each line of the prayer in turn and write what you believe it means.


In summary worship is at the core of Christian practice. Matthew 18:20, is a quote you need to know and be able to apply to different exam questions linked to Christian practice and worship. Worship is paramount to Christian practice, the Lord’s Prayer and different types provide engagement and variety for believers to access.

Extras: Test yourself – use the following exam board supported website – Seneca, to assess your understanding on this topic.

Exam Question

‘Explain why Christian worship is important. 8 marks (C type question)
REMEMBER: One possible exam technique – PEA x2
P – make a point.
E – explain idea with supportive evidence – quote, key vocabulary.
A – apply idea – how does belief affect an individual, group or community?
Must include accurate and relevant reference to scripture or sacred writing.