A church in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region reopened after five weeks of prayer and waiting, being the first church in Beihai that has resumed in-person gatherings.
On April 24, the first Sunday after Easter 2022, Hepu Church in Beihai City which had been closed since March 20 resumed two Sunday services, one in Cantonese in the morning and the other in Mandarin in the evening.
In addition, choir rehearsal on Friday evening and the Youth Fellowship on Saturday evening have also restarted, with preparations for all the fellowships and groups for the services and activities.
The congregation entered the church to read the Bible, pray, and praise God, following the COVID-19 protocols, including showing their health codes, wearing masks, and sitting at intervals as per the social distancing requirements.
In the morning service, Pastor Li De’rong preached a sermon with the title "Because He Lives", citing 1 Corinthians 1:3 to 9. After reading John 10:38-42 in the evening, Zhang Yezhong, senior pastor of Beihai Church and president of Beihai Christian Council (CC), gave a sermon titled "A Family Jesus Delights in".
During the services, the church gave a church council report, publicizing the financial information on the income and expenses of offerings.
(The article is originally published by the Gospel Times.)
- Translated by Abigail Wu