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.
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".
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 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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 strives to give children the best education in a Christ-centered environment.
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.
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.
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.