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Today's Sermon: To Enter God's Kingdom

Scripture Lesson:  Matthew 19:13-30

13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them. 14 Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"

17 "Why do you ask me about what is good?" Jesus replied. "There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments."

18 "Which ones?" he inquired. Jesus replied, " 'You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,'and 'love your neighbor as yourself.' "

20 "All these I have kept," the young man said. "What do I still lack?"

21 Jesus answered, "you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."

25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, "Who then can be saved?"

26 Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

27 Peter answered him, "We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?"

28 Jesus said to them, "Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[c] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30 many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first."

UpComing Events

for growing in faith and knowledge
on Sep. 4

the Spring Fair NEWChristian education in YUC

christian education

Yokohama Union Church christian education provides the new studies for growing in faith and knowledge.

  • Aspiring Discipleship:
    Faith Exploration and Walking.
  • Fostering Formation:
    Establishing Habits of the Heart
  • Growing Deep Roots:
    Transforming our Will and bodies to God's purposes

Sunday School for Children restarts at YUC

on September 4, 2016, Sunday

It is with great joy that Yokohama Union Church announces to restart weekly Sunday School for children, join us to study God's word and learn His Ways.

Weekly Sunday School

5-11 years oldyears old
Lower level
back room
Children & Worship
3-7 years old
During worship
Main level -left side
Adult -English
Spiritual gifts
Main level -right side
Adult -Japanese
Main level -left side

Sunday School Song this Month

Come, Let Us Worship and Bow Down
Psalm 95:6-7

Children & Worship

Weekly for 3-7 years old


During worship on the main level near the restrooms.

It is designed for the young children to experience worship in their own developmental level following the church liturgical calendar. It is based on the Montessori type of teaching.

After listening to the children's sermon in the sanctuary, they will be led to a special room to continue their worship which includes songs, bible stories, arts and crafts.

September 4: Creation
September 11: Noah
September 18: Abram & Sarai
September 25: Exodus

YUC Events

Spring Fair 2016 Performance Program

performance introduce

Our Spring fair is just around the corner with a lot of fun activities, click here to read the performance program, you will see so many joyful and contagious smiles, please join us and smile together with us!

The Spring Fair Performance Group

performance poster

The performance group will show their extraordinary skill to support us in attracting more people to participate and enjoy our event. They are

1. Japan Cheer Institute
2. Alina Jalink and Aruna Watts
3. Y2G2 (Yokohama Youth Gospel Group)
4. Rinako Sonobe,
5. Synthetics
6. Ken & Ray
7. Ardagh School of Irish Dance

They will stage at our church Sanctuary on that day, the schedule is described in detail here, don't miss your chance to join us!

The Spring Fair Table Sales

performance poster

The table sales will be set up in front of the church building,

  1. Children's clothes, books
  2. Hand made hats, slippers, hair bows, broaches and much more
  3. Accessories
  4. Bakery: breads, cakes, cookies
  5. Paintings
  6. Iranian crafts, dry fruits
  7. Flea markets: housewares, vases, towels and much more

Please take a brochure here, and don't miss your chance to join us!

Spring Fair 2016

April 30, Saturday,

Yokohama Union Church will have the Spring Fair on April 30, joyful activities will be performed from to , you all are invited!

The helpers recruitment has started, not only church members, but also all people who are willing to volunteer help for the event are all very much welcomed. Please check here to see the things you would like to help, the application materials for the performers and the "table sales" at YUC Spring Fair are available for download in the below,

​We do require some monitory help, goods or food and beverage donation from you, the letter here is from the coordinator of the Spring Fair,

Dear Sir/Madam,

​For the Spring Fair, I believe that we will be more successful if we have you, as the same Yokohama base companies to provide some donations; possibilities include a cash donation, your company's products or food & beverage for us to sell on the Spring Fair. It will be a great pleasure for us to receive your interest in any terms.

​Do contact Anna Yan, the coordinator of the Spring Fair by email at ​if at all you need any details from our side in terms of charity. We are expecting your prestigious presence for our yearly event.

Please get more of your family members and friends involved in the Spring Fair, we look forward to welcoming you and having you joining us.

Christ on the Cross: A Six-Week Bible Study

April 24 - May 29,

Alpha course

The study is an Alpha follow up and intermediate level Bible study incorporating a leader talk followed by a group discussion on the importance for Christians to understand why Jesus died on the Cross.

  • Sin & Evil-the Need for Jesus in the World
  • Reveals God's Nature
  • Forgiveness of Sins
  • Restores Relationship with God
  • Cleansing and Healing so we can respond to God
  • Defeats Evil

Childcare offered with advanced reservation
the deadline to request childcare is on April 10th, please speak with our church pastors at

Easter dates for 2016

Friday, March 25, ; Sunday, March 27,

the Spring Fair

Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, please come to join us at YUC for the holy week.

Good Friday Worship
Friday, March 25, 7:00pm
Easter Celebration
Sunday, March 27, 10:30am

Messiah Concert 2016

Sunday February 27, 2016; (Doors )

Handel Messiah

You are all invited to YUC Messiah 2016 concert,

Date & Time: Saturday, February 27, 2:00-5:00pm
Conductor: Jesse Astalos
Orchestra: Soli Deo Gloria Ensemble
Ticket: ¥ 2,000 in advance; ¥2,500 at the door Free seating
Place: St. Maur International School Hall
          10 min walk from Motomachi Chukagai Exit 6
          83 Yamate-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-0862

Tickets can be purchased at the church, also are available at:, by searching for "メサイア", then check up the "詳細" of "横浜ユニオン教会聖歌隊メサイア".

And, YUC Choir is looking for singers who can join our concert. For participation, please contact us at, new members are also welcome. Please bring your friends and let's get united in voice. We look forward to singing together with you!

Christmas Eve worship service 2015

Starts at On December 24

Christmas Eve worship

On December 24 (Thursday) at , YUC will hold a Christmas Eve worship and fellowing. The service will include a narration of the Christmas story through words and music and a candlenight, please join us to quietly reflect, pray together.

A five week Advent Study for adult Sunday School

Begins on November 22nd

Advent Study

On Christmas Eve, Christians around the world join their voices in celebration as they wait with expectation for the coming light of Christ into the darkness of the world. But

  • What is this light all about?
  • What are the promises that God fulfills in the birth of Jesus?
  • How are we, as God's people, called to respond to such an event?
  • Do we just operate on auto pilot or does God ask more of us?

Advent is a time of year when we anticipate and prepare for the birth of Jesus. Our five week Advent study will try to explore these questions by looking at the scriptures of Isaiah that prophecy the coming the birth of Christ and the establishment of God's reign here on earth with Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Each week we will explore a new theme introduced in the Isaiah passages: Hope, Peace and Love

Samaritan's Purse Children Christmas Gifts

on or before November 15 noon time

During the past two years, our Church and school have participated the project of 'Operation Christmas Child’ via Samaritan’s Purse. This is a meaningful project that collects shoebox-size boxes of gifts for the children who are affected by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Those children lost many precious things by this natural disaster.

shoe box time

It is very simple to support this project, just three steps:

  1. Find a shoebox or a shoebox sized box (an old one is fine since we cover it)
  2. Get some gifts for children (you can choose gender and age range, please refer to the web site link below for the details)
  3. JPY 700 for one box’s postage and donation (to the office on Sunday)

The deadline for the sending of the shoebox gifts to the Collection Center of this project is November 20, 2015. So please turn in the empty shoeboxes, gifts and donation to our church or school on or before November 15 noon time.

We are blessed that we could contribute around 25 boxes in the past 2 years through the donations of Yokohama Christian School and the church. This year, we have the big target of 50 boxes. Let’s try to hit the target.

Last but not least, it is a great opportunity for us to serve the others, please also get more of your family members and friends involved. For any inquiry, please contact Yokohama Union Church at

For more information, please go website of Samaritan's Purse Japan (OCCシューボックス).

shoe box achievement

Praise the Lord! Yokohama Union Church has achieved a big goal of project this year, 53 beautiful, lovely shoeboxes are ready to be sent to OCC シューボックス for the children in Touhoku.

Every shoebox is special, every shoebox is an opportunity to connect children around the world through the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thank all of you who have contributed in donating money, shopping, and wrapping, we pray that God will bless all of you greatly!

Jazz Concert

Sunday, July 19,

The Jazz concert by Takata Teruhito band turned out to be a great success on July 19 (Sunday) at Yokohama Union Church, we are grateful to the LORD and all glorious musicians for helping the church building fund raising, as well as the heartwarming support given by all the people who attended and/or served at our concert.

The Jazz concert

Joy Bible Camp 2015

Sponsored programs for 2015

For those kids, teens and parents, Joy Bible Camp (located in Okutama Bible Chalet) has updated their sponsored programs for 2015, registration opens on April 1th.

  • Joy Bible Camp #1: June 16-20
  • Joy Bible Camp #2: June 20-25
  • Father & Son Outdoor Camp: June 29-July 1

BBQ & Blues Concert 

Saturday, May 16,

Yokohama Union Church enthusiastically hosted the first "Blues and BBQ" event to raise money for the Yokohama Christian School and Nepal earthquake disaster relief, we greatly appreciate the donation of time and irresistible good times by the musicians Rambling Steve Gardener and his gifted associates, as well as the heartwarming support given by all the people who attended and/or served at our concert.

Everybody had much fun and enjoyed the timeless music and a classic BBQ chicken dinner. One little boy was so fascinated by the drums, he may now be on a career path as a future star drummer. Quoting from our featured song, Jesus On The Mainline, "Jesus will never leave you alone, tell Him what you want."...May the LORD our God bless the little boy and make all of our dreams come true!

Church Blues Concert and BBQ

Easter dates for 2015

Easter has had its non-religious side. Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Palm Sunday: March 29.

Good Friday Worship: April 3,

Easter Friday Worship: April 5,

Palm sunday on March 29

Easter Sunday: Hallelujah, Christ is Risen! Today's choir sang the beautiful songs and I loved this one the most. I am the Lord of the Dance. Thanks the Choir! Thanks Jesse, the conductor!

Posted by Yokohama Union Church - Official on Saturday, April 4, 2015

Church's 152 years old birthday

Sunday March 28 after worship

We gave thanks to God for leading us into a 152 year of YUC worship and fellowship, praised the LORD to let us have such a nice community and beautiful church for gathering and worship! May God bless all of us good health and faithful and enjoy every moment with God!

church birthday

School & Church & BBQ & BAZAAR

Monday October 13, 2014

A wonderful church BBQ & Bazaar event at Yokohama Union Church, BBQ, Korean food, cookies, many goods were on sale, people came and enjoyed food, fun, friendship.

News Bazaar

YUC Chior Concert

Praised the Lord, we have been united as one team to be successful in several concerts at Yokohama Union Church.

Our blessed concerts include,

Winter Concert: December 28, 2014

Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, Sinfonia, BWV 42, J. S. Bach
Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227, J. S. Bach
Messiah HMV 56 Part1, G. F. Handel

Winter Concert

Autumn Concert: August 24, 2014,

Petite Messe Solennelle
by Gioacchino Rossini

the Easter Concert: April 20, 2014,

Handel, Sinfonia from Messiah Soli Deo Gloria Ensemble
Pergolesi, Stabat Mater
Raney, I am the Lord of the Dance

Christmas Concert: December 28, 2013

Of the Father's Love
by Joel Raney