In the densely populated Shueng Wan neighbourhood, where the air smells of dried seafood and boxes of cargo are piled up by the streets, there exists a Christian church of Russian orthodox tradition. The Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Hong Kong, which belongs to the Moscow Patriarchate, is located on the twelfth floor of the Kingdom Power Commercial Building – in the rear of Queen Street Cooked Food Market. But this is not the first time or the first location in which the church has existed.
In Ma'anshan of Anhui, four major religious groups of Protestantism, Catholicism, Buddhism and Islam announced to close religious activity sites and suspend all collective religious activities from January 15.
Jesus Church in Xuanqiao Town, Pudong New Area, Shanghai
On January 17, the Pudong New Area CC&TSPM announced that all Christian venues in this area have gradually resumed worship services, while the churchgoers were reminded to strengthen the pandemic prevention and control in all aspects.
At the beginning of December 2020, I came to Beihai, a beautiful city in the Beibu Gulf, the southern frontier of China, to visit the Beihai Christian Church. I met a pastor here: senior pastor Zhang Yezhong of Beihai Church. During my five days with him and my church visits, I saw and heard many stories. I’ll share twelve stories here.
Hengjing and Jinsha Churches in Jiangsu Province announced that the number of participant in a single service could not exceed 50. Participants must register in advance until the service reaches full capacity.
We all know that the year 2020 was not an ordinary year. I feel it a short year. I haven’t done much meaningful things, and it has passed. But God let us hold hands with “Lazarus”, which brings me a little relief in all these regrets.
Recently, the coronavirus pandemic situation has rebounded in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province. A small number of people with ulterior motives disregarded facts, made up stories, and spread groundless rumors. The story makers associated the spread of the pandemic with religion, causing great confusion in society. Is the pandemic really related to religion? Let’s look at the facts.
It's not easy to do anything in this world and we shouldn’t expect it to be smooth if one wants to do things for the church. New migrant worker churches face three crises: high needs for pastors, finance, and evangelism difficulties.