Sichuan Church to Hold Book-Sharing Session

A row of shelves full of books
A row of shelves full of books
By Thomas ZhangFebruary 22nd, 2023

A church in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province is set to host a book-sharing session in the spring.

Last Thursday, En'guang (or Gracious Light) Church in Chengdu City issued a notice encouraging believers to sign up for an event on March 16 to share their thoughts on books they have read.

According to the announcement, the church is inviting its members to share their thoughts on books to encourage them to read more good books.

It said the registration period lasts from February 16 to March 1, and that young and middle-aged believers can leave their contact information on the church's official WeChat account to register.

For the preliminary selection, which takes place in early March, the church asks applicants to prepare seven minutes of information about the book, why it is recommended, and their own thoughts on it.

The Canadian Methodist Mission built the church in 1894. During the anti-Christian movement of 1895 (the Chengdu case), the church was destroyed and then rebuilt the next year. During the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, it was destroyed again, and this time it was rebuilt to hold 300 people. In 1920, due to the construction of hospitals, bookstores, and schools in the surrounding area, a new bell tower church that could accept a thousand people was built in a simplified Gothic style and designed by Walt Small. During the Cultural Revolution that began in 1966, the church was severely damaged and occupied. It was reconstructed on November 25, 1984, and reopened on January 1, 1989.

- Translated by Abigail Wu

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