1. Youth Meeting
“If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:21-22
The Youth Meeting at HCC started on April 1989, and have never stopped since then. At the first gathering, there were only about seven or eight people, but now the group has grown to about 400. It is estimated that there have been altogether more than 100,000 visitors since its beginning. Members in the Youth Meeting include students, teachers, white-collar workers, entrepreneurs and migrant workers, with varied educational levels ranging from primary education to overseas post-doctoral scholars. Basically most of the members are the young adults who are seeking to develop their careers in Beijing. Most of those who attend are already Christians, and there are usually about 20 newcomers who would like to know more about the Gospel after each gathering.
The Ultimate Goal of the Youth Meeting:
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.” Colossians 1:28
The Youth Meeting Program: The meeting includes three main parts – worship, preaching, and discipleship training. Worship and preaching are the foundation of the gathering. Discipleship training is the most active part. This is where the volunteers will explain more about the good news, face to face, with the seekers who are interested in knowing more about Christianity. Some volunteers will help those who want to get baptized to know more about the church doctrines and history, and some will help teach church catechism lessons. In this way the Youth Meeting is uniting the young people and helping them grow in faith, hope and love.
The Youth Meeting takes into consideration the interests of the young people. It organizes many events in different fields, such as picnicking, sport games, and seminars that may include topics regarding marriage and the family, etc. In addition, fellowships like “Home in Bethany” and “HCC College Students Fellowship” were established for singles and college students, respectively.
Youth Meeting Schedule: Friday, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
2. English Fellowship
HCC is located in the Zhong-guan-cun area, where many colleges, high-tech industries and companies are located. In order to better spread the gospel to the youth, HCC established the English Fellowship on March 11, 2007. The English Fellowship is a lively and energetic fellowship, blessed by the grace of God. By God’s mercy, the fellowship has grown rapidly from 150 people at the beginning to the current status of more than 800 people. Its major participants are from many different parts of China and the world, including university teachers and students, business people, overseas students, international visitors, and many others. The majority of the attendees are students and workers who are studying or working in Beijing.
Transforming Lives, Shepherding Lives, Nurturing Lives, and Devoted Lives.
English Fellowship Service Overview:
The English Fellowship holds one service each Sunday, and uses daily life situations and other vivid ways to share the Gospel. The service includes a time of praise and worship, preaching, newcomer welcome, benediction, and a time of fellowship afterwards. In addition, there are personal testimonies, video presentations and other fellowship activities that are scheduled from time to time.
The English Fellowship consists of a group of about thirty young and energetic volunteer servants of the Lord. Touched by the Holy Spirit and answering the call of God, members are divided into several different categories to serve the English Fellowship including – the Reception Team, Pastoral Care Group, and the Vocal Team.
(1). Reception Team is a group of caring and compassionate volunteers who welcome attendees at the entrance and greet the newcomers. Their purpose is to help each person feel at home when they come to the English Fellowship.
(2). Pastoral Care Group is led by two main preachers and a few other servants of God. They are responsible for preaching, group discussion, and personal pastoral care. They are devoted to explain the truth of God’s love for the world found in the Bible, and to bring people to know Jesus Christ. They also offer pastoral care for the spiritual life of the members so that we can all love each other in Christ.
(3). The Vocal Team is made up of a pianist, a guitarist, a drummer, and a lead singer in addition to the choir members. The music is usually easy to follow but very moving and inspiring. The vocal team now has ?? members. They are all young and eager to lead the congregation in worship, so that the congregation can open their hearts to receive the nurture and guidance of God’s Word.
The English Fellowship holds devotional studies for its volunteers every week. These studies help strengthen the volunteers knowledge of the Bible and their faith in God thereby bringing them closer to the Lord and in fellowship with one another. These gatherings mainly include Bible study, sharing and discussions. In addition to this, other activities are occasionally organized.
English Fellowship Worship Service Schedule and Location
Sundays 11:00am – 12:00pm, HCC Chapel (on the first floor)
3. Sunday School
“But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’” Luke 18:16
The Sunday school of HCC was established in 1998 by several enthusiastic parents. Although there were only a few students at the beginning, experienced leadership began to faithfully teach the children the Bible.
By God’s grace, over 11 years later, many of the first group of Sunday school students have entered universities, and then have returned to HCC to serve the Lord in His church.
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverb 22:6 These are God’s instructions to parents, and also our encouragement to continue in children’s Bible education.
Our basic principle is to take care of children and to keep the main halls in order. To children who already know God, we give them a deeper understanding of God and His Word. In so doing, we desire to nurture within them a love for God and His church, giving them a sense of belonging and a motivation to live for the Lord. And to children who don’t know God and His Word, with the help of parents, we desire to teach them about the Bible, introducing them to God and showing them how they can be apart of His family, the church.
The Nursery class takes care of children under the age of 6 (if they are too small, they need to be accompanied by one parent). The Elementary School Class takes care of children ages 6 – 11 yrs. of age. These two classes are synchronized with the adult worship service schedule. The Teenager”s Class holds their worship service from 10:30 am – 12:00pm each Sunday.
4. Catechism Class
“Catechism Class” is a training to help prepare those who are going to be baptized. It explains the basic concepts of Christianity so that these new believers can have a solid foundation in their Christian faith. The training takes 6 months and the class is held every Sunday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on the right side of the main sanctuary.
5. Sunday School for Adults
The Sunday school for adults was established in November 2008, aiming to give a systematic way of learning the basic concepts of Christianity. The content mostly focuses on the life of Jesus Christ. This class is held on Sundays at 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm in the HCC Chapel (the first floor).
6. The New Praising Hymn Service
The New Praising Hymn Service is a platform for brothers and sisters who would like to join a musical worship gathering. They can learn lots of easy-to-sing, easy-to-remember worship songs, which they can then share at their workplace or home. Some members have also improved their musical talents through this worship venue, and others have become members of other varied ministries. The New Praising Hymn Service has trained many brothers and sisters to grow in Christ and serve God in their own area of daily personal outreach. When the New Praising Hymn Service started, there were only twenty people, but now there are more than 100 people attending. Our prayer is that with God’s help, more and more people can join in the church and praise our dearest Lord.
7. Bible Study
The Bible Study gathering, over the last 15 years (1994 to 2009), has grown from less than 30 to more than 145 people.
Bible Study Purpose and Content:
The Bible Study started with the Book of John. It is now in the process of studying various Biblical characters found in the Scriptures. The Bible Study attendees go chronologically through the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, studying the Biblical figures no matter whether they have been successful or were failures. We pray that we may keep this way of studying the Bible under the guidance and blessing of God. This Bible study is done book by book, all the way through Revelation. When we are reading the Old Testament, we hope to experience and study every movement the characters make, so that we can learn from their successes and/or failures.
We sincerely hope that you can come and have Bible studies with us, so that we can grow in God’s Word, be led by His Spirit and learn to spread the good news to others.
The Bible is the Word of God, and it will never become outdated. It is the spiritual food for our soul and studying it can transform our life. Through systematic and continuous Bible study, we can know more about God, and learn how to please the Lord.
One of the most effective ways to study God’s Word is a thorough study of the Biblical characters. Mankind is the greatest of God’s creation and the messenger of His eternal salvation. By studying the Biblical characters closely we can see how God has fulfilled His will throughout history.
The Bible uses many interesting ways to tell the history of different characters. Throughout the lifetime of many characters, God is leading them. Sometimes they obey and sometimes they rebel. The most important parts of their life are revealed and the unimportant events are omitted. So no matter whether their life is a success or a failure, evil or good, the Bible has recorded their stories just as they are.
In fact, the Biblical characters are very much like us. Many times their personalities and experiences are similar to ours. For example, some Biblical characters have won great victories through their faith in God; those that failed because of rebellion and unbelief, were judged. When we recall the lives of Biblical characters, we will find the true light of God, effective principles for serving God, learn secrets of success or lessons from their failure. Through out Scripture, and in every part of history, and in every story, if we put ourselves into their situations and treat them as “if I were him or her”, then we can learn many unexpected life lessons. We can therefore build up a closer more personal relationship with God, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit,
In addition, the Bible Study requires each member to recite two Scriptures. This “tradition” has been carried on for ten years. May God bless everyone who comes and joins the Bible studies, and may God talk to each one in a real and personal way.
Currently we are focusing on Jesus Christ, the most important figure in the Bible. This study has been going on for more than two years. Members have explained that the Bible studies have greatly enriched their spiritual life, and increased their knowledge of the Lord Jesus. Many questions in the Bible have been answered and better understood, and their relationship with God is now much closer. Reading the Bible in a group, gives members more opportunities to discuss and express their thoughts and concerns. Now the group members are becoming more willing to share and discuss freely their successes and failures, joys and sorrows in an atmosphere of love and trust, just like family members,
8. Seeker’s Class
Seeker’s Class is a course for brothers and sisters who are preparing for baptism. The course takes six months, starting from basic knowledge of the Holy Father, Holy Son, and Holy Spirit, Salvation, the Church, and the Bible. Classes are held on Fridays from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, at the HCC Chapel (first floor).
9. Testimony Sharing
Testimony Sharing is a gathering time on Thursdays at 8:30 am – 11:30 am, at the HCC Chapel. The gathering includes worship, testimony sharing, service, and group communication. At 8:30am, the worship includes musical praise to God. At 9:00am, the service includes testimony sharing, a time of prayer, and preaching, totaling about an hour. After the service, there will be a group communication time for an hour, so that each member can share feelings about the preaching and Scripture. They also discuss how to carry out the Scriptures in their everyday lives. Additional praying, testimonies, and sharing and will be included.
Testimony Sharing has the purpose for recovering, growing, equipping, and involving. Christians’ lives need to recover first, and therefore the gathering gives extra care to those who are weak, in pain, sorrow, and despair. Our first goal is to bring these people before God, where they can find comfort, strength, joy and hope. Christians’ lives must also grow. So the gathering wants every participant to learn from the person of Jesus, and ask the simple question “What would Jesus do?” Christians also need to arm themselves with God’s Word as armor. So the gathering encourages participants to share and learn in groups. Occasionally a “Verse Dictation and Reciting Contest” will be held. It is God’s will for Christians to memorize God’s Word. Hence the Testimony Sharing gathering creates lots of opportunities for everyone to participate. Opportunities of service include leading prayer, presiding, preaching, group leading, caring for members, etc. A specially required event that all participants need to attend is the Bible study held on Thursday mornings from 8:00 am – 8:40 am. This is where participants can gather and pray.
10. Prayer Meeting
The Prayer Meeting is scheduled on Saturday mornings (??am – ??am). After the SARS sickness appeared in June 2003, an extra prayer meeting called the “Morning Prayer Meeting,” was scheduled on Sundays at 6am. In October 2007, the third prayer meeting named “the Mount of Olives Prayer Meeting” was also added after the 4th session of the service on Sundays.