CCD Monthly                                                      December 2020

Foreword:


Greetings! We are China Christian Daily, the first comprehensive English Christian news website about the church in China. Thank you for your sincere love, prayer for and contributions to the Chinese church.

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated the year 2020 across the globe. In the early months, all registered churches and many house churches were shut down in China due to a complex range of reasons, launching intercessory prayers for the country and other affected countries with donations. "Online churches" thrived and Chinese Christians were keen on attending conferences, forums, and retreats that were held virtually in country and abroad. In the middle of the year when the situation stabilized, in-person meetings resumed with restrictions, enabling the church to return to the "new normal." As we embrace 2021, the editorial team of China Christian Daily has selected the top 10 Christian news stories of 2020 based on the number of views, keyword searches, shares, and prominence of articles.

You can also read the key word of Christianity in 2020 and a moving story about a woman who read through the Bible before death. 
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China Christian Daily’s Top 10 News Stories of 2020, Part 1


As we embrace 2021, the editorial team of China Christian Daily has selected the top 10 Christian news stories of 2020 based on the number of views, keyword searches, shares, and prominence of articles.

China Christian Daily’s Top 10 News Stories of 2020, Part 2


In November, the US presidential election accelerated the divisions among Chinese Christians. First established in the early 1990s, the Chinese Church Bible Day was restarted in mid-December.
In the News

Christmas under Pandemic: Churches in Beijing Cancel Carol Services or Restrict the Number of Participants


Many Christian churches in Beijing stopped worshipping on site due to the pandemic, and some churches conducted online carol services instead. 

Churches in Fujian, Hebei, Shaanxi Cancel Christmas Eve Services


Due to the COVID-19, some churches in Fujian, Hebei, and Shaanxi Province cancelled Christmas Eve and Christmas worship services but held online services. Some other churches celebrated in advance.

China Sends Christmas Congratulation Letter to Chinese Catholics, Protestants

On December 24, 2020, the State Administration of Religious Affairs released a Christmas congratulation letter to the Chinese Catholic and Protestant communities on its official website.

Shanghai Church Marks Christmas Eve


The Pure Heart Church in Shanghai held a music worship service on Christmas Eve. Before the churchgoers entered the sanctuary, they had to have their health codes checked and their advance reservations confirmed.
 

Christian Entrepreneur Put on Trial for Making Audio Bible Players

Christian entrepreneur Lai Jinqiang was put on trial in Guangdong Province for making audio Bible players after being detained for more than one and half years.

Bible Day Celebrated in Different Forums in Guangzhou

The symposium was conducted in the form of combining live speech and video speech to commemorate the Chinese church Bible Day, according to Guangzhou CC&TSPM.

Symposium on Translation into Chinese of Works of Martin Luther Held in Shanghai

A symposium on the translation of the works of Martin Luther was held virtually on Wednesday, stressing the importance of translating his books into Chinese.

Yage Awards Ceremony Selects 53 Contributions for the 2020 Prize

Founded by the Duke Initiative in Theology and the Arts, the first Yage Prize for Chinese Christian Literature & Arts held the award ceremony on December 17.

Features

Key Word of Christianity in 2020: "Change"


For this year, we can use the word "change" to describe the state of the church. The church is constantly changing, changing in its position, denominations, doctrines and theology.

A Faithful Sister Finishes Reading through Bible before She Dies

In April 2019, Sister Chen whom the doctor diagnosed with motor neuron disease completed the task of reading through the Bible and passed away in the fall.
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