Who are we?
Oyumino Christ Church is a protestant church that belongs to the Presbyterian Church in Japan (PCJ). People from all walks of life are welcome to join us. Whether you have skeptical or negative views toward Christianity, or if you are someone with even the slightest interest in knowing more about what it is like to be in a church or knowing more about what Christianity really is about, then please consider our invitation. If you desire to seek the truth and if you want to find true rest for your hearts, then please come.
We believe in the One True God who is revealed in the Bible. We gather regularly to read the bible, worshipfully sing hymns, and pray together.
This is a gathering of people, though sinners, who want to live according to God’s will as we trust in the liberating promises of the Gospel message. Come and join us and experience what it is like to have a life that overflows with joy and true, lasting hope that can only come through Jesus Christ.
We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), Mission to the World (MTW), Church Planting Institute (CPI), Christ Bible Institute (CBI), and The Gospel Coalition (TGC).
Daniel Iverson III, our senior pastor who planted the church 20 years ago and MTW Country Director for Japan, wrote this description of our church on the TGC international directory:
“Oyumino Christ Church was started in 1992 by PCA missionaries with Mission to the World (MTW) in partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Japan (PCJ). OCC seeks by God’s grace to be a gospel-centered, Holy Spirit-led, multi-site, cell group church reaching Chiba City, Japan, and the world with the good news of God’s grace for sinners. Our mission is to make disciples who reproduce. Oyumino Church has five worships each Sunday in 3 locations in Midori Ku, including one bilingual worship (English and Japanese) at 11am. OCC has 4 pastors (three Japanese) leading, teaching, and equipping lay people for ministry. There are about 70 small groups with many opportunities for fellowship, study, service, and outreach. We seek “Classic Faith but Modern/Classic Style mix”, as we seek to reach our changing city and world with the unchanging gospel of grace. We are involved with other partners in planting healthy, reproducing churches here in Japan and are seeking to help plant churches in two other Asian countries.“
Pastor: Tetsuya Dedachi
In “Oyumino Alive”, our weekly bilingual gathering, different nationalities gather as one family. We read the bible, pray, worship and praise the Lord.
On weekdays, there are many programs welcome to anyone who wants to participate. We hope that this will be the place for people to connect with others and, most importantly, to God.
Anybody can freely join the Sunday worship service and weekday programs. Please come without hesitation.
MAP ACCESS to Oyumino Chapel
13 min walk from JR Kamatori Station
4-34-7 Oyumino, Midori-ku, Chiba City, Chiba
Google Map Link: http://goo.gl/maps/uUp5d/
OYUMINO CHAPEL SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
9:00 – 10:00 Japanese Worship Service, 2nd floor
10:00 – 11:00 Fellowship Time after the Japanese Service, 2nd floor
English Bible Study, 1st floor, Red Room (occasionally on the 2nd floor)
Men’s Fellowship (Japanese), 1st floor, Front Room
Bilingual Oyumino Sunday School for Kids and Teens, 2nd floor
11:00 – 12:15 Bilingual “Oyumino Alive” Worship Service, 2nd floor
Every 1st and 3rd Sunday
4:20 – 6:00 “For 20” Youth-oriented Worship Service, 2nd floor
*Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, we have Gospel Choir practice from 10:30 to 12:00pm.
**On Thursdays, there is an English Bible Study from 1:30 – 2:30pm.
***On Fridays, there is an English Bible Study for Women from 11:45 – 12:45pm.
Pastors: Daniel Iverson III, Shin Hirohashi
In the main hall, we hold not only worship services but also host gospel concerts of many genres, kids’ camps, and hip-hop dance lessons for junior high school and high school students, as well as various other programs and events. We read and study the bible, and sing hymns together. We have tea together after the gathering as a good way to foster good relationships as we share our thoughts and our hearts to each other. We offer you a safe, warm, comfortable place where you can find true relief and rest.
We also have a facility for a hybrid home school-Christian school called Covenant Community School International (CCSI), which started in 2006, operated by both volunteer short-term and long-term missionaries.
HONDA CHAPEL SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
9:00 – 10:15 Church Sunday School (Japanese)
English Bible Study
Small Group Gatherings (Japanese)
10:30 – 12:00 Worship Service (Japanese)
*Every 2nd and 4th Saturday, we have Gospel Choir practice from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
Pastor: Nobuaki Nagata
Toke Chapel is located not too far from JR Toke Station in Asumigaoka in the outskirts of Chiba City. In 2012, we moved to a current location which was formerly a barbeque grill (‘yakiniku’) restaurant. Aside from the Sunday worship service, we have many other activities such as gospel choir practice, English conversation (‘eikaiwa’), small group gatherings, and several others.
Anyone is welcome to join our Sunday gathering or any of the weekday events.
TOKE CHAPEL SUNDAY SCHEDULE:
9:00 – 10:15 Sunday School (Japanese)
10:30 – 12:00 Sunday Worship Service (Japanese)
Every 2nd and 4th Sunday
4:00 – 5:00 Afternoon Worship Service (Japanese)
Every 4th Sunday
1:30 – 3:30 Beginners’ Guitar Lesson
*We have Gospel Choir practice every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 10:30 – 12:00.
English Conversation ‘eikaiwa’ School
The Presbyterian Church in Japan (PCJ) | http://cms.chorokyokai.jp/ (Japanese)
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) | http://www.pcanet.org/
Mission to the World (MTW) | http://www.mtw.org/SitePages/Main.aspx
MTW Chiba-Tokyo Team| http://mtwtokyo.com/church-plants/
Church Planting Institute (CPI) | http://jcpi.net/4
Christ Bible Institute (CBI) | http://cbijapan.org/jointheteam/index.php/about-cbi
Covenant Community School International (CCSI) | http://ccsijapan.blogspot.jp/
The Gospel Coalition (TGC) | http://thegospelcoalition.org/
Pastor Dan Iverson’s Blog | http://www.iversonjapan.com/
“Eastern Bankruptcy” on Ligonier Ministries’ TABLETALK Magazine | http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/eastern-bankruptcy/
“Update on MTV in Japan” at All Saints Reformed Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia (June 2011) onSermonAudio.com | http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=613111357310
“Japan Disaster Report” from Daniel Iverson (April 2011) | http://vimeo.com/24594057
“Should We Leave Japan” post-3/11 earthquake-tsunami video (April 2011) | http://vimeo.com/24201609
Iverson Family and Oyumino Church on LIFELINE Japan TV (2008) |http://www.iversonjapan.com/2009/01/19/iverson_family_and_oyumino_church_on_tv/
What is the GOSPEL Message?
In English | http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/2wtl/
In Japanese | http://www.matthiasmedia.com.au/2wtl/japanese/
Oyumino Chapel Office: 043-292-0015 / 043-292-5007
Honda Chapel Office: 043-292-1176
Toke Chapel Office: 043-294-1009
Pastor Tetsuya Dedachi: firstname.lastname@example.org