Local Baptist Churches are an important part of any community. Most areas have many churches, which form part of the communitys spiritual, social and educational fabric. It is likely that several of those are local Baptist Churches, which come in many varieties. While all may carry the name Baptist on the sign, you will find significant differences in size, demographics, style of music, opportunities for children and older youth, and community involvement. There may also be some differences among local Baptist Churches in their beliefs, though these will probably be minor. When visiting local Baptist Churches, many families are most concerned about programs for their children. Most churches will offer Sunday school, though they may call it something different. This may be scheduled before the main worship service, or may take place during the service. If the church is large, there may be a class for every grade. Many local Baptist Churches will also have a youth group for teenagers which meet on a weeknight evening, and will provide other activities for middle and high school students. Parents are concerned that their children will be instructed and cared for in a safe environment that supports the values they are teaching in their homes. Adults often attend local Baptist Churches for the education the church offers. Most desire to hear sermons that explain their faith and give practical advice for applying it in their day to day lives. Churches may also offer Bible Study groups that meet during the week. Increasingly, local Baptist Churches are providing classes that address important lifestyle concerns such as marriage, parenting, finances, or even substance abuse issues. Often, these are designed to meet the needs of the existing attendees, and also to attract visitors to the church.