Beijing Chongwenmen Church Sets up 2017 Shepherding Theme for Youth Ministry
By Grace Zhi, March 02, 2017 01:03 AM
Recently the youth fellowship of Beijing Chongwenmen Church states that it will do shepherding ministry in 2017 by focusing on "Union with Christ and building life." Its vision is to "be instruments for noble purposes and pillars" with the vision verse of 2 Timothy 2:21.
Nurturing the young and middle-aged believers ranging from 18 to 45 years old, the fellowship will guide its members to take root in the Word, grow in love and become backbones of society. The members will be regrouped according to their ages and use the same material in group sharing part.
Every Friday evening, the fellowship holds gatherings consisting on worship and praise and sermon preaching, followed by group sharing. The message to be shared in groups will be related to the sermon.
The Chongwenmen Church of Beijing Christian Council was first established in 1870 when it was then called Asbury Church. It was the first church constructed by the American Methodist Church in northern China. The scale of this church was smaller than its present size. It was originally designed to hold 400 to 500 people. Although the church appears now as it did back then, its current seating capacity is 2,000 people.
As the number of believers increased, this Methodist church began reconstruction of the building, which was completed in 1882. During the Yihetuan Movement (Boxer Rebellion) of 1900, the church was burned down. In 1902, the Qing Dynasty Government appropriated money to rebuild the Asbury Church and was completed in the spring of 1904.
Translated By: Karen Luo
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