Hangzhou Sicheng Church Holds Exhibition to Mark 90th Anniv.
By Grace Zhi, August 20, 2018 11:08 AM
Hangzhou Sicheng Church has been holding a one-month long exhibition of historical pictures and relics of Christianity since September 1, 2017 to celebrate its 90th anniversary.
The church's official website states that 64 relics and 153 pictures are on display. The pictures, mainly old ones, are classified into six categories: "church personages", "church schools", "church hospitals", "theological education", "charities", and "Christian organizations and institutions". The cultural relics are also divided into six categories: "hymns", "the Bible", "newspapers, programmes, baptism certificates, brochures, constitutions, and associations' journals", "old pictures, drawings, and calligraphy", "books", and "objects".
Christianity was introduced in Hangzhou in 1859 by a missionary couple from the United States. Missionaries and Chinese pastors were active in preaching and the number of local believers increased sharply. Churches, Christian organizations, hospitals, and church schools were established and philanthropy was carried out, influencing and contributing to the city's economy, lifestyle, and education.
The name "Sicheng Church" was given in memory of Rev. Zhang Chengzhai, the first Chinese pastor. The Chinese-style church has a plain cross, with the outside wall made of grey bricks and there are pine beams laid out symmetrically inside. The current regular church attendance reaches around 5,000.
- Translated by Karen Luo
More from CCD
Before the 2019 Chinese Lunar New Year, a rural gathering in Jilin Christians organized its members to clean up streets in order to eliminate fire hazards.
On January 31, 2019, a charity ministry of Liaoning Wafangdian Church visited 10 destitute families, giving them household items, according to the church.
The church in Jinsha New District, Qitaihe, Heilongjiang, held a praise and worship meeting to give thanks to the Lord.
In the past 2018, the Chinese church faced a completely different situation and gave different responses that collided with one another.
After the Reform and Opening up of China, the number of Christians in China has been rising continuously, which has inspired many people. Lots of people believe that the Chinese church has ushered in a great revival. However, it has also been pointed out that not only can the number of believers grow, but the quality of life of believers is even more critical. A closer observation reveals that the revival of urban churches cannot be overestimated.
48 people were baptized in Linyin, Shandong.
A Christian gathering in Jilin held a collective wedding ceremony for elderly people who had never had their own wedding ceremony.
On February 9, 2019, a new church and a painting and calligraphy institute were dedicated in Fujian.
A church cooked the dinner on Chinese New Year's Eve for people who were unable to gather with their families.
On January 12, 2019, the Fuyin Church in Tengtian, Yongfeng county, Jiangxi Province, celebrated the completion of its new church.