Churches in Dalian Times for English Worship Services

April 22nd, 2012

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Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuguang_Street_Church

Yuguang Street Church (Chinese: 玉光街礼拜堂) is a Protestant church in Dalian, China It is the former Dalian Anglican Church (Chinese: 连圣公会教堂) and its church building is now a Historical Protected Building of Dalian City. Yuguang Street Church (Dalian, China), with Zhongshan Square and Dalian World Trade Center Bldg. in the Background.

 

Brief history

·      From 1905 to 1945, the southern half of the present-day Greater Dalian was Japan’s leased territory. Due to the Anglo-Japanese Alliance at that time, the British Consulate General was given a location at Zhongshan Square, the best place in downtown Dalian, and an Anglican church was built in its premises. It was a black brick building.

·      In 1928, the second-generation red-brick church building was built by a joint effort of the Church of England and the Anglican-Episcopal Church of Japan, which was named Dalian Anglican Church. On Sunday, the English-language service started at 9:00 am and the Japanese-language service at 10:30 am.

·      The church belonged to the North China Diocese of Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui.

·      At the end of the Second World War, all Japanese-owned buildings were confiscated by the Chinese, the religious buildings were never used as such, but as Britain owned the half of this church, it was left as a Christian church and was renamed as “Yuguang Street Church”.

·      During the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1977 when all religious activities were suppressed, the stained glass windows were smashed broken and the church was used as a place for the children’s extracurricular activities.

·      As Christian service re-started in the early 1980s, the church came under the post-denominational China Christian Council.

·      In 2001, it was listed as one of Dalian City’s 100 or so Protected Historical Buildings.

At This Church Today

·      Address: No. 2, Yuguang Street, Dalian City, Liaoning Province 116001 Phone: 0411-8263-0583

·      Except for the Anglican altar which was taken away and the stained glass windows that were smashed broken and replaced by regular windows, the building is almost as it was in 1928.

·      The cornerstone on the right of the church entrance reads in Japanese and English:

To the Glory of God This stone was dedicated May 6th, 1928 Francis L. Norris, PHD, Bishop of Peking

·      Weekly services are held on Friday evening (for the youth) and three times on Sunday.

·      Baptism is done usually on Sunday a week or two before Christmas Day or Easter.

·      A Christmas program including the 50-member chorus is held on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, no service is held, but the song and dance programs are held from morning till a little after noon.

0-Dalian-banner-the-city-churches Places of Worship in Dalian

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalian_Catholic_Church

Dalian Catholic Church (Chinese: 连天主教堂) is the Christian Catholic church located in Dalian, China. It was built in 1926 and is the only Catholic Church in Dalian. It is now a Historical Building protected by Dalian City. Dalian Catholic Church (Dalian, China)

 

Brief history

·      During the time when Dalian was Japan’s leased territory, the activities for dedicating a church were initiated by those Catholic believers who worked for the South Manchuria Railway Co. Their efforts, led by Daiji Oka, resulted in collecting 20,000 Yuan to build a Catholic church, which was dedicated in 1926 as Stella Maris Catholic Church under Mary Knoll, a Catholic foreign missionary society, headquartered in New York, U.S.A., with a branch in Tokyo.

·      From 1931, the Chinese believers moved to the Catholic Church in Liujia Dun. Total number of believers at Stella Maris Church in Dalian was over 1200.

·      As Japan lost the war, the Japanese people left here and the churches became Chinese. As the Cultural Revolution began, Father Ding Runan was forced to engage in agriculture in a village near Shenyang.

·      In 1980, Father Ding moved back to Dalian and the church was renamed Sacred Heart Catholic Church. During the 1980s, there were two or three people who got baptised annually. From 1989, Father Guo Jingcheng served, and from 1994, Father Peter Zhang Yongzhe.

·      Korean language mass started in 1994, served by Father Cui Zaizhe. —So far from the history of Dalian Catholic Church— [1]

·      Dalian City’s Patriotic Catholic Association is housed in the former rectory in the same premises. A bookstore is also in the room on the right and is open on Saturdays and Sundays.

·      In 2002, the church building was listed as Dalian City’s Historical Architecture.

 

At This Church Today                                                                                                                                                 

·      Address: No. 31, Xi-an Street, Xi-gang District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province 116011 Phone: 0411-8363-1187 (Dalian City Catholic Patriotic Association office)

·      The church retains the form of the building as it was built in 1926. In the six Districts of Dalian, there are six Protestant churches and this one Catholic Church.

·      Morning Chinese mass is held at 6:30 on weekdays. Chinese mass at 17:30 on Saturdays and 9:00 & 17:00 on Sundays. Korean mass at 11:00 in Sundays. English Mass held at 5 pm on Saturdays in the Parish Centre located within the courtyard to the left of the main church.

·      Special mass is conducted on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, Easter, Ascension Day, Pentecost and other important Catholic holidays.

 

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Beijing Street Church – Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Street_Church

Beijing Street Church (Chinese: 北京街礼拜堂) is a Protestant church located in Dalian, China It is the former Dalian Lutheran Church (Chinese: 连路德教堂) and its church building is now a Historical Building Protected by Dalian City. It was recently renamed as Dalian City Cheng-en Church (Chinese: 连市承恩堂, literally “Dalian City Receiving Grace Church”), but the local people still call it “Beijing Street Church.”

 

Brief history

·      From 1895, the Danish National Church (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark) sent missions to Beijing and northern China, and in 1914, built the Dalian Lutheran Church, in this city which was Japan’s leased territory at that time.

·      It officially belonged to the Lutheran Church of Northern China, of Lutheran Church of China. In the near-by naval port of Lüshun, another Lutheran church was built, which also still exists.

·      At the end of the Second World War and the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. it came to be known as Beijing Street Church. When the Cultural Revolution 1966-1977 ended and Christian worship restarted, it came to belong to the post-denominational China Christian Council.

·      The offices of the China Christian Council and Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee of Dalian City, which used to be housed in the former rectory of this church, had recently moved to May 1 Square.

·      In 2002, it was listed as a Historic Building Under Protection of the City of Dalian.

·      In 2006, was renamed as Dalian City Cheng-en Church (Chinese: 连市承恩堂, literally “Dalian City Receiving Grace Church), but the local people still call it “Beijing Street Church.”

 

At This Church Today

·      Address: No. 605, Changjiang Road, Xi-gang District, Dalian City, Liaoning Province 11601. Phone: 0411-8363-1678

·      The church keeps the form of the building as it was built in 1914.

·      Among the six Protestant churches in the six Districts of Dalian, this church, Yuguang Street Church and Lüshun Church retain the original buildings, while Harvest Church, Xinggong Church for the Korean Chinese and Jinzhou Church were rebuilt in the past ten years.

·      Services are held on Friday evening (for youth) and three times on Sunday. Bible study is also done.

·      Baptism is done usually on Sunday a week or two before Christmas Day or Easter.

·      A Christmas program including the 50-member chorus is held on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, no service is held, but the song and dance programs are held from morning till a little after noon.

·      A play from the Bible is held each year on a weekend after Christmas.

0-Dalian-banner-the-city-churches Places of Worship in Dalian 

Dalian City (International Christian) Church –
Source: http://www.dalian-city-church.com/
Venue: Stairway 12, Room 301, 23 BingHai Lu, HaiYun Huayuan, DDA (ETDZ) District, Dalian Post Code: 1160XX
Location Name (Chinese):
连开发区国际基督徒团契会 Address: 连开发区滨海路海韵花园23栋楼12单元301
Contacts: Telephone. 0411 8750-8763 Mobile. 135-9139-2948
E-mails: (Church Office) daliancc@gmail.com; (Pastor-in-charge) Chris@dalian-city-church.com
Opening Times – Church office:

Weekly Events & Contacts for: | Women | Children | Youth | Days & Times:
Every Sunday @ 9 a.m.: “Morning Prayer” (all welcome)
早晨9: “聚会前晨祷” 带领人:牧师、Vicky张滨弟兄/沙娥姊妹)
Sunday 10 am Service: “1st Corinthians” Series (Presented by Pastor Chris/ Vicky)
早晨10点:“哥林多前” 系列(讲:博诚牧师/ 师母)
Children’s church / Sunday school @11am: contact Vicky/ Sonia
儿童主日学:1000 联络人:Vicky
Join us for Special Bible School Program: Every Sunday from 1-3 p.m.
请你参加我们每礼拜日的神学课程中午1-3

‘Foundations of the Christian Faith’ (foundational: for new comers, new believers, and new members
“
基督信仰的根基”(基础:新的来访的人,新的成员,新信徒)
“Learning to Live” (the Christian Life) (Intermediate) “
习生活”(基督徒的生活)(媒介)()
“Cell-Leaders Training” Course (advanced) “
组领导培训”课程(高级)
Vision:
“Fulfilling the Great Commission in Our Generation by being and training strong, Biblical Disciples to Plant Churches in Dalian, Asia and the entire World”.

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Dalian International Christian Fellowship – DICF
Sunday Fellowships @ Place: DICF Sanctuary (You Hao Dasha 30F)
10.00 am  *Bible Study Fellowship in English, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
11.00 am  *English Worship Service
12.30 pm  Fellowship Lunch [All are Welcome]
  2.00 pm  DIU Fellowship and Leadership Training
in English              
*Foreigners Only; Everyone welcome to Fellowship Lunch at 12:30pm

Please visit www.dalianicf.org for the latest meeting times of English Services and map directing you to their House of Praise Sanctuary.

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Christianity and Christian Churches in Dalian City, Liaoning Province, China PR

April 15th, 2012

Christian Churches in Dalian Liaoning Province China PR

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There is a fast growing community of non-Asian expats and visitors to Dalian City in Liaoning Province, China Peoples Republic. These guests to Dalian come from over 56 countries across the globe. They are here for various engagements, those on holidays are here for a few weeks, those on short contracts may be for 3-6 months; students and other expat workers and their families are here for over 12 months. Typical medical student is in Dalian for at least 6 years including vacations. One thing they all share in common is a great need to have a real connection to a community.

The establishments including – the universities, the companies, factories, schools and churches in Dalian and surrounding areas are yet to wake up to this single yearning of the visitors in their midst. To find a place of worship is now costing some visitors to Dalian more than 3 hours of travel each week. For some of these visitors it’s almost a days engagement for what many in the West and Africa take for granted. In Nigeria and Europe, one church called RCCG is committed to three simple goals. One of them is that anyone who wants to go to church on Sunday doesn’t need to travel more than ten minutes if using a local transport. Some churches are good venues for these visitors to build expat community ties and learn how to adjust themselves to the life in Dalian. Some churches are better at doing this than others. Some of the churches have not woken up to this single responsibility Jesus Christ commanded all His followers: “If you welcome any of these in my name, you’ve done it for me”. Christians all over the world are commanded to be their brothers and their sisters keepers. This commandment cuts across all doctrinal preferences and denominational divides. It’s all about giving “a glass of water” to a thirsty visitor to this great country.

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Being religious or not, the idea of going to church or a place of Christian worship; can bring a visitor in a foreign land the familiar taste of home and a feeling of belonging. It’s part of the meeting man’s basic psychological needs. Without meeting these needs, many of the aspirations these visitors have in coming to China may not be fulfilled without “wahala”. This is why we feel led by the Lord Jesus Christ to dedicate this blog-site to simplify the process through presenting you with the key facts on a fast changing landscape that is turning Dalian into an international city. On these pages you’ll read about the churches in Dalian City and beyond. We hope to blog on what’s happening on the ground and eye-witness accounts, from these churches that may be of interest to visitors to Dalian.

What differentiates this blog from church websites or what other parts of the press and Internet media write about churches in China are these:

– We report result of surveys or interviews conducted to establish the needs of these visitors to Dalian. From the “static spiritual menu” served in some of the churches we visited, we are dumbfounded at the spiritual and physical diets being served in these churches in Dalian by way of narrow minded programs; some of the churches are now exploiting this growing need of their visitors and now turning themselves into a ‘cult’ which only serves the narrow interests of the church leadership. As reporting evangelists, our main interest is to serve our Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. If these churches really want to care for their guests, they better sit up and begin to take these survey reports seriously. Each church should at least have “Opinion Boxes”, clearly marked for this purpose to take into account the needs of expats and visitors to Dalian; following the example of 1st century church in Jerusalem.

– We are pro-active in recommending churches without traces of “cult- or over-shepherding tendencies” and make prayerful suggestion on the kind of church government, weekly programs, events, church leadership structures, ministry leadership training, mission engagement opportunities, worship style, personal development in discipleship from the cradle to the grave and possible internship programs, employment opportunities, Business tourism guides, multiple skills training, multicultural education and other support systems for our precious visitors to Dalian and beyond. These programs would give you a taste of what joining these churches will yield, so you are informed on how to take care before you commit yourself or make the mistake of being brainwashed into a cult who are only interested in your tithes and offerings.

– If you wish to receive our newsletter and e-Zine with other related information in either hard-copy or PDF, please join our mailing list for Churches in Dalian.

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List of Churches in Dalian City:

1. Yuguang Street Church – Protestant
2. Dalian Catholic Church – Catholic
3. Xinggong Street Church – Korean
4. Beijing Street Church – Lutheran
5. Fengshou Road Church – Populace
6. Dalian ICF 30F Youhao – Korean

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1. Yuguang Street Church

1. Yuguang Street Church - Protestant

Dalian Yuguang Street Church is a Protestant church. It is the former Dalian Anglican Church (Chinese: Dalian Shenggonghui Jiaotang 大连圣公会教堂) built by the Church of England and the Anglican-Episcopal Church of Japan in 1928. The church building is a historical protected building in Dalian today.
Chinese name: Yuguangjie Libaitang (玉光街礼拜堂)
Location: 2, Yuguang Street, Zhongshan district, Dalian
Transportation: take bus No.532 or 533 and get off at Yuguangjie (Yuguang Street).

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2. Dalian Catholic Church – Roman Catholic

2. Dalian Catholic Church - Roman Catholic

Built in 1926, Dalian Catholic Church, also named Xi’an Street Catholic Church, is the only Catholic Church in Dalian. The church was first designed in Gothic style. It is mainly composed of the saint hall, and the west and east buildings. Today it is a historical building protected by Dalian government.
Chinese name: Dalian Tianzhu Jiaotang (大连天主教堂)
Location: 31, Xi’an Street, Xigang district, Dalian

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3. Xinggong Street Church – Korean

3. Xinggong Street Church - Korean

Xinggong Street Church is a Christian Church for the Korean community residing in Dalian. The history of the church can be traced back to the colonial period. The new construction was finished in 2004. Besides, it is also the only surviving church in the original Manchurian residential region of Dalian.
Chinese name: Xinggongjie Jiaotang (兴工街教堂)
Location: Xinggong Street, Shahekou district, Dalian
Transportation: take bus No.6, 8, 10, 35, 201, 405, 503, 505, 514, 528, 532 or 705 and get off at Xinggongjie (Xinggong Street).

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4. Beijing Street Church – Lutheran

4. Beijing Street Church - Lutheran

Built in 1913, also known as Cheng’en Church, Beijing Street Church is a former Lutheran Church supported by Danish Christians. It survived years of social turbulence. Services are open to anyone but the sermons are in Mandarin only.
Chinese name: Beijingjie Libaitang (北京街礼拜堂)
Location: 605, Changjiang Road, Xigang district, Dalian
Transportation: take bus No.201, 528 or 541 and get off at Beijingjie (Beijing Street).

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5. Fengshou Road Church – Populace

5. Fengshou Road Church - Populace

Built in April 2003, Fengshou Road Church is a Christian Church of the populace. Though not located conveniently, the church attracts lots of committed followers on Sundays.
Chinese name: Fengshoulu Libaitang (丰收路礼拜堂)
Location: Fengshou Road, Ganjingzi district, Dalian

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6. Dalian International Christian Fellowship – Prayer Sanctuary

6. Dalian ICF 30F Youhao - English with strong Korean blend

Founded on May 8, 2001 by Korean couple Pastor Theresa B. Jin and her husband Pastor James Jin. Originally met in various pubs and hotel venues before securing their own rented place of worship at the 30F of Youhao Mansion, Youhao Road, close to Youhao square on Zhongshan Road at the centre of Dalian City. For more information please visit their website on www.dalianicf.org.

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More information about other churches not on this list will follow shortly. If you have any information about your church or another church not already listed please register and leave us a feedback – Thanks in advance!

To visualize the growth planned for the next phase of Dalian’s growing business and foreign expat communities – read this article and then comment on this article – http://phys.org/news172301174.html