Celebrating Faith

When the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown was founded in the mid-19th century amidst the Chinese "bachelor society of the California Gold Rush and the opening of the American West, the population served by the church was much more homogeneous than it is today. With successive immigration and the growth of American-born generations of Chinese, the community served by the church became increasingly diverse. To meet the changing needs it faced the church expanded beyond its original Cantonese worship services to include English worship services beginning in 1944 and Mandarin worship services beginning in 1954. Trilingual to the present, the church's current ministry reaches across social, economic, racial, and ethnic lines to form a community that extends well beyond its immediate Chinatown context.

The members of the church are united as a community by their shared foundational commitment to a Reformed Christian faith. In worship, prayer, study, work, and fellowship, the community grounds itself in the Gospel's message of wholeness for all of humanity, and that message guides the community in its broad range of commitments both to its own membership and to the world beyond.

樂傳主道

 

華埠長老會在十九世紀中期成立之際,正是人們群起奔向加州淘金的西部開發時期,教會服務的對像主要是華人中的單身人士,比起今天來更顯其單一性。由於移民潮不斷,而且在美國的華人新生代人數逐漸增長,教會所服務的社區亦漸漸轉變。為了適應所面臨的需求,教會中原本單一的粵語崇拜,於一九四四年擴展到英語、於一九五四年還包括了國語崇拜在內。現在三種語言的應用使教會的服務跨越社會,經濟,族裔的界線遠遠超出了華埠的地域環境。

由於共同信奉基督教改革宗,教會的會眾緊密地聚集起來,形成合一的整體。無論是在崇拜、祈禱、查經、事奉和團契活動中,教會都立足於關乎萬民的完整福音信息上,這信息更指引會眾以各種形式獻身給自己教會也獻身給整個世界。

Mandarin Women's Fellowship Choir

The Mandarin Women's Fellowship Choir sings for a special Mother's Day performance. (Photo: 2001.)