Yokohama Union Church

Yokohama Union Church

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About YUC

Yokohama Union Church

Yokohama Union Church (YUC) is a Christian worshipping community, chosen to serve God, following Jesus, and led by the Holy Spirit. YUC is an anchor for those with faith, and an outreach for those seeking and those who are lost. YUC is an interdenominational, international, multicultural, multilingual fellowship of believers. We are also a sanctuary for weary travelers and a place of encouragement.

  • Yokohama Union Church (YUC) is a Christian community chosen to serve God, following Jesus, and led by the Holy Spirit. YUC is an anchor for those with faith, and an outreach for those seeking and those who are lost. YUC is an interdenominational, international, multicultural, multilingual fellowship of believers. We are also a sanctuary for weary travelers and a place of encouragement.

  • At Yokohama Union Church, we are also home to Yokohama Christian School (YCS).

    Yokohama Christian School (YCS) is currently for children 2 years old through 2nd grade (mixed age classes). Our goal is to equip students to grow in their God-given potential for those continuing in an English based education.

  • Yokohama Union Church celebrates wedding worship sharing God's blessing for the marriage and witnessing the marriage covenant before Our Lord. We would like to celebrate an opportunity of sharing Christ in a wedding worship service. YUC believes that it is necessary for the couple to have adequate preparation for the wedding worship and for the marital relationship to grow together. YUC pastors will support and guide the couple's relationship through the counseling sessions.

Worship

Worship is the foundation of Christian practice. Though a combination of music, corporate prayer, and teaching of God's Word, we seek God-centered worship. From that experience flows our sense of community. Worship transforms our lives and motivates us to serve.

Gathering: A musical prelude invites us to come together and begin to focus on worship. A Call to Worship (usually verses from the Bible) invites us in. We confess our shortcomings before God and receive an assurance of pardon that in Jesus Christ we are forgiven.

The Word: We read sections from the Bible chosen by the pastor for each Sunday. A message is shared with the children and a sermon is given by one of the pastors.

Our Response: Having heard the Good News of God in Jesus Christ, we respond. We affirm our faith; we pray for others, we share some aspect of the work of the church in ministry and mission. We may observe one of the sacraments of Baptism or The Lord's Supper. We receive an offering*, giving of our time, talent or treasure to the work of the church.
*Offering money to God is a spiritual discipline. Tithing teaches us more about our obedience and God's faithfulness.

Sending: After a closing hymn we are sent back into the world to share the Good News and take the blessing of God with us on our daily walk.

Music: The Psalms say to "Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord." Hymns and songs, ancient and modern, are a major part of each service of worship. Our choir offers special anthems and the congregation sings a number of hymns, prayers and responses as the service progresses.

Sacraments

Baptism: Baptism is one of the sacraments observed by the Christian church. A sacrament is an action that Jesus did and told his followers to do. Baptism is a sacrament that symbolizes new life in Jesus Christ. It is an act of obedience to Christ in which we proclaim to believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior.

Those who are interested in being publically baptized should consult with the pastors. We are looking forward to welcoming you into the family of Christ!

The Lord's Supper: The other sacrament that is observed is communion, or the Lord's Supper. Everyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is graciously invited to receive communion. Through this sacrament, God's LOVE and God's GRACE are freely offered to each and all of us. In the breaking of the Bread and partaking of the Cup, together, we share in Christ's feast of new LIFE.

We celebrate the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month and on Special Sundays of the church calendar.

At Yokohama Union Church, we are also home to Yokohama Christian School (YCS). YCS is currently for children 2 years old through 2nd grade (mixed age classes). Our goal is to equip students to grow in their God-given potential for those continuing in an English based education.

We are a member school of the Association of Christian Schools, International (ACSI) and working on accreditation through this agency. Our teachers are qualified, certified, and experienced in teaching their grade level. YCS is committed to educating the whole child through age-specific skills: spiritual, physical, intellectual, social and emotional.

Yokohama Union Church celebrates wedding worship sharing God's blessing for the marriage and witnessing the marriage covenant before Our Lord. We would like to celebrate an opportunity of sharing Christ in a wedding worship service. YUC believes that it is necessary for the couple to have adequate preparation for the wedding worship and for the marital relationship to grow together. YUC pastors will support and guide the couple's relationship through the counseling sessions.

For those who would like to get married in our church, they must attend marriage-counseling in Japanese and/or English provided by the pastors.

Ministries

Children

Children have many chances to get involved during their time at Yokohama Union Church. During the service on Sunday mornings, there is a short Bible lesson for the children. Each year has a different theme to encourage the children to grow deeper in their knowledge of God.

Students Preparing for Their first Communion

Sunday School
On the second and fourth Sundays of the month, children from ages 6-11 will be excused after children's time to enjoy another Bible lesson with one of our trained Sunday school teachers. For those specifically aged 3-7, they will learn the Bible stories using a program called "Children and Worship".

Seasons of Events
Throughout the year, there are also seasons of events for the children to participate in. This may include: 1st Communion Class, Confirmation Class, Easter Sunday programs, Vacation Bible School programs, and Christmas pageant programs.

Adults

Adults as well have a great chance to learn and grow in their journey with God at Yokohama Union Church. A variety of classes are offered throughout the week for those interested in deepening their relationship with Christ.

Please contact the church directly to find out about any possible seasonal Bible studies that may be currently happening.

For those interested in a specific aspect of Christianity, it is always okay to ask the pastors or other members how to grow and learn together. Check out the library for personal study, too!

Mission

As we find our identity in the Church ( the community of believers ), we are challenged to serve and support others with the gifts that God has provided us. The mission organizations we support regularly are:

Asian Rural Institute (ARI): is a training institute located just north of Tokyo. They receive students from various countries who come to learn about building communities through sustainable agriculture. Each participant comes for one year and will return to their home country to share their newfound knowledge.

Tokyo English Life Line ( TELL ): is a counseling service offered both in-person and over-the-phone. People who are feeling suicidal, lonely, or simply want to speak with someone can call at anytime for free services. YUC also donates a room for TELL's trained therapists several days a week.

Kotobui-cho Chiku Center ( Donkey House): is a mission organization located about a 20-minute walk from our church. This organization was started through the United Church of Christ in Japan ( Kyodan ) and provides employment workshop, food, blankets, clothes, and other necessities to the homeless and disabled communities.

Church Outreach

It is important for churches to look outward into the community to offer Christ to people. Some of our outreach includes:

Weekly Bible Studies
These Bible studies are open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Bible and Christianity.

Homeless Ministry
Given that there are a number of homeless people living in the area, our doors are open for a hot meal. The times for the meals are not set, so homeless people can drop by whenever they have need.

Yokohama Christian School
Yokohama Christian School strives to give children the best education in a Christ-centered environment.

Bazaar
About once a year we hold a bazaar to welcome the community to check out our church. Church members have table sales, make crafts, bake cookies, and enjoy fellowship together in preparation for the event. Then during the event, we can mingle with our neighbors and share Christ's love.

Bazaar BQQ or Bazaar

Alpha Bible Study
This Bible study is a specific study geared toward people who are interested in but have not yet made a commitment to Jesus Christ. Of course, Christians can attend this study to relearn some of the basics of the Christian faith. This Bible study is seasonal and can be held in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

Wedding
For those who would like to get married in our church, they must attend marriage-counseling in Japanese and/or English provided by the pastors.
For more information, please visit our website.

Christian Life

Church Membership

Another part of life at Yokohama Union Church is church membership. The criteria to become a member at YUC is as follows:

  • Accepts Christ's call to discipleship
  • Seeks to grow as a Christian
  • Demonstrates a new quality of life
  • Participates in worship & activities
  • Supports the church with time, talents, and tithes
  • Witnesses to the Good News and serves others

After deciding to become a member, there are three different ways to join the church:

  1. By confession of faith (Baptism, if needed)
  2. By letter of transfer from another church
  3. By declaring affiliation, thus becoming an associate member (holds both memebership for your home church and membership to YUC). At that point, the Pastor will assess the readiness to become a member. It will be finalized when the new member is presented to the congregation during worship.

Thom Rainer spells out some general responsibilitys for church members in his book
"I am a Church Member"

  1. I will be a functioning church member
  2. I will be unifying church member
  3. I will not let my church be about my preferences and desires
  4. I will pray for my church leaders
  5. I will lead my family to be healthy church members
  6. I will treasure church membership as a gift

Types of Members
  • Elders/Board Members
    -Church members who represent the congregation in decision making
  • Church Member
    -A person who attends worship regularly and actively, and takes proper steps to become a church member
  • Congregation
    -People who attend the worship service

Stewardship

Stewardship is the responsibility to manage all the resources of life for the glory of God, acknowledging God as provider. Stewardship is broken down into six categories. We should strive to honor God with all of them. They are:

  • Stewardship of Creation
    -take care of the things God created ( natural resources, animals); God entrusted it all to us.
  • Stewardship of Spiritual Life
    -strive for a personal and initmate relationship with God; use spiritual disciplines to deepen understanding.
  • Stewardship of Time
    -balance productive minutes with leisure minutes, work with rest, time in solitude and time in community.
  • Stewardship of Gifts & Talents
    -use your unique gifts not only for your pleasure, but also for the common good in service to God.
  • Stewardship of Community
    -working together for one common purpose: worship, growth, and service.
  • Stewardship of money
    -live with spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude for God's generosity; trusting that God will provide what we need and accepting to manage faithfully what we've been given.
    (Offing envelopes are available at the office.)


Getting involved

One way to be a good steward is to get involved. At YUC, there are many areas where your specific gifts can be a blessing to all of us!

Information

Sunday @ YUC

Worship

Sunday

Communion
The first Sunday of each month

Children & Worship
2nd & 4th Sundays of the month

Sunday School

K-Elementary Class
children 4-9 years old

Middle School Class
children 10 years old and up

Adults class
English: Spiritual Gifts
Japanese: Sermon Q&A

Afternoon Happenings

YUC Choir practice

Sunday Bible Study


Bible Study @ YUC

1st Sunday
Bible Survey:
2nd Sunday
Introduction to the Bible (6 sessions)
4th Sunday
Q & A session on the Weekly Sermon
Every Friday
Marriage Without Regreds (in English)
as needed
Bible study at YUC

Join Choir @ YUC

Choir practice
When do we practise:
Sunday afternoons
What do we sing:
Current and traditional church music.
Who can join us:
Those who love to sing are welcome to join us for practice for a church season or weekly.
Email us:
Choir concert

We have been united as one team to take a shot at several blessed concerts at Yokohama Union Church. We will be preparing for next one -Part 2 of the Messiah by Handel.

Messiah Part II

Mission Offering Supports @ YUC

YUC Mission Collections

occur during the months of March and September . Boxes for donations will be in the church entryway for the whole month.

Donkey House
A local homeless shelter needs:
Seasonal Japanese sized men's clothing and tolertries ( airline kits are great!)
used futons
Donations accepted during May only.

We also collect Japanese seasonings, spices and rice for their feeding program on Fridays.

Mission Box Collections