FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why are you named the “Plymouth Brethren Christian Church”?
In the early nineteenth century in England, many men and women were becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the Anglican Church and its forms and customs.
This diverse group of dissatisfied Christians wanted to follow the teachings of the New Testament, centred on the celebration of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion). This fellowship, or “Brethren”, focused on the individual’s direct relationship with God.
Some of the most prominent teachers of the Brethren were living in Plymouth, England. By 1829 the first permanent meetings had been held in simple meeting rooms and the members adopted the name Plymouth Brethren.
What makes Plymouth Brethren any different to other Christians?
The only significant difference between Plymouth Brethren and other Christians is we make a commitment to eat and drink only with those with whom we would celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
That said, of course we live and work with people of all walks of life in our local communities, and help and care for our neighbours, just as they help us
Can anyone become a Plymouth Brethren?
What is the role of Women in the workforce?
Both men and women are well educated and contribute in a variety of roles in the workplace. Family businesses employ both brethren and non-brethren employees who work together. There are many women who enjoy working as well as many who work within the home or a combination of both. Many women are business owners.
What is the role of Women in the Church?
Women play an important role in the Church, and are fundamental to gatherings and meetings. They are involved in all aspects of Church life.
How often do members attend church?
Throughout the week, bible readings, prayer and other meetings are held and attended by many Plymouth Brethren families.
I have noticed that Plymouth Brethren Christian Churches do not display crosses or pictures of Jesus. Why?
Do members celebrate Easter and Christmas?
Can Plymouth Brethren children attend the same schools as non-Plymouth Brethren children?
That said, both church members and non-members engage with our innovative and progressive digital learning environments. Our staff at our schools are leading education experts and are non-Church members. Our schools look and are like any other schools in the country. A point of difference is that we don’t teach religion in schools, as we believe that this is best undertaken at Church and at home.
Can members of the Brethren attend university?
I heard that members are prevented from using technology. Is this true?
Many of our members, especially those who work in family businesses use computers and phones at home, work and school.
Historically, Plymouth Brethren have been cautious in embracing new technologies in the digital age mostly to protect our children and vulnerable younger family members from images they may find troubling.
I read somewhere that members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church don’t pay tax. Is this true?
Are Brethren businesses owned or controlled by the Church?
In addition, our Partners, such as UBT and OneSchool are not owned and operated by the Church. Instead, they have been set up and are run by Church members for the benefit of other Church members and non-members.
Does the Church support political parties?
But I thought you were called the 'Exclusive Brethren'?
Well, many years back we were commonly referred to that way, however, it wasn’t a name we came up with ourselves. We believe the term ‘Exclusive Brethren’ was coined by commentators outside of the Church some decades ago. The correct name we refer to, and prefer, is the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church.