Shanghai Church Holds Group Memorial Service on Tomb Sweeping Day

By Grace Zhi, April 12, 2018 02:04 AM

Hongkew Methodist Church in Shanghai held a group memorial service on April 5, 2018.

Believers brought bouquets to remember the deceased ones.

Hongkew Methodist Church in Shanghai ,also known as Jingling Church, held a group memorial service on April 5, 2018, the Chinese Qingming Festival or Tomb Sweeping Day.

The names of deceased pastoral staff and people known by the congregation were listed on cards put on two white boards. The believers brought bouquets to pay tribute to them. 

Rev. Yu Jiang, the senior pastor, said in the sermon that although we had sorrow for their deaths, we should believe in the Lord's promise just as Jesus exhorted his disciples in John 14. 

Pastors read the names of the pastoral workers who passed away in a special silent prayer and memorial to show respect to them. After the service, some Christians searched the name cards of their relatives and friends and some took pictures of portraits of the deceased before the altar to remember them.

Hongkew Methodist Church, also known as Jingling Church, is an American Missionary institution in Shanghai. It is housed in a red-brick building that was constructed in 1923. The structure features familiar Western-style architecture and receives more than 2000 prayers each week. 

- Translated by Karen Luo

Related Article

Must Read

comments powered by Disqus

More from CCD

19 Christians in Algeria Beatified

Find out the details of these new beatified Christians.

One Sign of Christians: Be Normal People

I have known a friend for several years, but I had been not aware of his Christian identity until he told me.

Pope Francis to Make Historic Arabian Visit in February

Pope Francis will make history once more when he visits the Arabian peninsula next year.

Being A Local Christian – Views from Grassroots

Chinese Christians answered their joys and challenges as a Christian, how they thought the Chinese culture viewed Christianity and the Gospel message, and finally what they would like to know about Christians in other parts of the world.

Beijing Tongzhou Church Decorates Church for Christmas

On December 1, 2018, the congregations of Beijing Tongzhou Church decorated the main church to prepare for the arrival of Christmas.

Hebei Dedicates New Church

On November 30, 2018, a new rural church in Hebei was dedicated.

Pope: Each Person has a Guardian Angel from God

The Pope shares his views on guardian angels.

Hebei Priests and Nuns Visit Protestant Church

On November 25, 2018, a thirteen-person team from Hebei Catholic Seminary visited Gospel Church in Shijiazhuang.

CCC&TSPM Elects New Leaders

Rev. Wu Wei was elected as chairman of the eighth CCC, Rev, Shan Weixiang, general secretary, and Rev. Xu Xiaohong, president of the tenth TSPM.