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We frequently visit a registered Protestant church here in the city on Sundays.

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The church situation here in the country can sometimes be complicated, to say the least, but it is a joy to be able to worship with other likeminded people on Sundays in a Chinese context.

In the past we always went to the 8:30 am service–they also have services at 6:30, 8:30, 10:30 am and 3:00 pm.

They recently added a 1:00 pm service that is bilingual in English and Chinese, to reach out to Chinese who want to work on their English.

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The pastor invited several of us foreigners if we would be involved in helping out, so we have been going to that service since April helping with snack preparation, welcoming at the door, playing guitar.

The building itself used to be an old factory or something like that, which was later purchased by the church.

The main auditorium is a room on the first floor, and there is the “overflow” sections–a back room on the first floor, plus two separate rooms upstairs where the service is portrayed on a flat screen monitor.

Depending on the service, someone plays the piano, or there is a guitar, or a whole band plays contemporary songs. Everyone around you sings with great gusto regardless of ability.

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They have a projector for songs, and often show videos of past or upcoming events as well. Rooms upstairs have classes for kids of all ages.

There is even a kitchen since they did some remodeling, where dumplings are made around the clock on Sundays.

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It all sounds fairly similar to many US churches, perhaps.

Then there is the sign in the foyer that says (in Chinese) “smile for the video camera!”

And the 5:30 am daily prayer meetings.

And the parent or grandparent all attending the sunday school class along with their young child (see my previous Field trip post).

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I love the diversity of people who are a part of God’s family!

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    • Yes! The Catholic church is one of 5 recognized religious groups: Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Daoim, and Buddhism. Our medical team partners with the local Catholic church where the charitable HIV clinic is hosted.

  1. Hello to all, Thanks for the info on the Sunday morning Chinese ch services. I went to the post office today and they said the tracking number on the package isCW557265627US. They suggested to call 1-800-ASK-USPS which is 1-800-275-8777 if you have any questions. Hope you are all doing well. Love you, Dad and Mom P.S. Mom is feeling much better.

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