Welcome!

Welcome to Sendai Evangelical Free Church’s official website!  We are really grateful for your visit.  Here we introduce our vision, gatherings with timetable and many bible messages including voice sermons (Japanese only).  Our church does not basically have English service yet, however, if you are willing to come to our church, we will sincerely welcome you!

Church Introduction

Development of SEFC

SEFC is one of the church belongs to Evangelical Free Church of Japan (EFCJ).  EFCJ is consist of over 70 churchs and their first church is Urawa EFC.  SEFC has been developed as memorial mission as EFCJ’s 40th anniversary.  It was decided on Domestic Mission Committee of EFCJ that they would sent pastor Yoshida family, former Higashi-Ohmiya EFC’s pastor, as domestic missionary to Sendai church’s development in 1989.   Also Stan & Joyce Conrad and Berra Lau had been sent from Evangelical Free Church Mission of Japan (EFCMJ, now ReachGlobal of EFCA) at the time the mission had started.

Short History

By Lord’s blessing, SEFC got over 400% growth in first 4 years of development.   In 1995, SEFC has started Furukawa development with Bowman family, the missionary from EFCMJ.  After gigantic earthquake of east Japan in 2011, SEFC has started supporting activities for survivors around coast area of Miyagi prefecture.  As a result of these activties, SEFC again started new church planting in Ishinomaki, the 2nd largest city in Miyagi.

Church Location

Where is Sendai?

map1. location of Sendai

  Sendai is the most largest city in Tohoku area, the north eastern part of Japan.  Sendai is also a capital of Miyagi prefecture.  Sendai has about 1 million population, this is 11th biggest city in Japan.  It takes 2 hours by Shinkansen(super express) , 6 hours by car from Tokyo, the capital of Japan. (see map1)

Sendai’s industrial structure is mainly composed by services, transport and education.   For example, large suburban shopping mall, food manufacturing factory, junction port and many high education school such as Tohoku university, the 2nd oldest national university of Japan.

map2. Tohoku area

Sendai is also famous for the city which was made by ‘Masamune Date’, well known military commander in the age of civil war period (16th century) of Japan.  From 16th century to present day, Sendai has been developed as an entrance of Tohoku area.

“Tohoku” means “north east” in Japanese.  Tohoku area is composed of 6 prefectures, Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Miyagi and Fukushima.(see map2)  Major industry of Tohoku is agriculture such as rice, apple, cherry and so on.   As you can see the naming, Tohoku is colder than south part of Japan.   It falls large amount of snow in west half of Tohoku such as 5m to 10m in total in winter season.   On coldest day, it drop under -10 degree Celsius even in Miyagi, relatively warmer place in Tohoku.

 

Mission in Tohoku

  On ministry condition, major portions of Christians live in urban area in Tohoku.   Because people lives in Tohoku area has a strong unity with their local community.  You can see mini shrine here and there if you go to countryside in Tohoku.  Though they don’t believe deeply in those icons, it is their ancestral legacy.  It is hard to missionize these people  because they are bounded by such legacy.  So, most churches in Tohoku has only 10 to 20 attendance in average.   In Sendai city, mission is litte bit easier than other place.  There are over 100 churches in Sendai and about 5,000 people is a Christian.

Pastor Introduction

Pastor  Kouzou YOSHIDA

He was born as youngest(fourth) son at Hatogaya, Saitama in 1951. He graduated Saitama prefecture’s Urawa-Nishi high school and faculty of economy of Saitama University. He was baptized in term of college student and stepped into Japan Bible Seminary soon after graduation. After 2 years intern period, he became Katayanagi EFC’s associate pastor in 1978. Next, he was engaged to Higashi-Ohmiya EFC’s pastor in 1980. In his works of HEFC, he was called to Sendai EFC development as domestic missionary in 1989. Sendai EFC called him up as pastor in 1992 and his works up to now. He wrote “The twenty-one Bible messages giving you changes” (Japanese; Word of Life Ministry Press). He is a father of a son and 3 daughters.

Cooperative Pastor Nobumoto KURIHARA

He was born as the youngest son in Tochigi in 1944. His home is Japanese pickles maker. He graduated Tochigi High-School, Doshisha University. In his college days, he was bapterzied. Then he entered Japan Bible Seminary. In 1972, he became a pastor and seved at Hatogaya, Kuki and Nagareyama. During this period, he had also served three years at Batu Seminary in Indonesia. He stated minstering for Furukawa EFC in April, 2004. In April of 2012, he became Cooprative pastor of Sendai EFC. His hobbies are golf, making a smoked fish, journaling on hot springs, trecking and cultivation of vegetables.

Weekly Schedule

Sunday

 First Sunday Service         Sunday  8:30-9:40

The earliest service suitable for house wives, and people who has plan in the afternoon.  Average attendance is 35 people. There is offering time (voluntary).

Second Sunday Service        Sunday  10:30-12:00

The largest service.  Average attendance is 70 people.  Sermon is same as first service.  In the middle of the service, kids service started in education center beside chapel, so this service is suitable for family attendee.  There is offering time (voluntary).  After the service, there is a program for youths.

Kid’s Service        Sunday  10:45-11:30

This service is held in education center (‘Olive-kan’) beside the chapel.  Worship time and bible message for kids.  After the service, church school begins.

Youth Group (JYLC)        Sunday  12:00-13:00

After the second service, youth program start at education center.  Worship with guitar, sharing and chatting for youth, also birthday celebration and summer camp.

Video Service        Sunday   16:30-17:40

Service for who can not attend first or second service.  The recorded video of 2nd service is projected on screen.  Average attendance is 3 to 5.

Prayer Meetings

Morning Part        Wednesday   10:30-12:15

It is morning on ordinary day, mainly women attend this meeting.  Start with worship songs and bible message, spread for small groups (two or three each) for sharing prayer requests, and then pray for each, church and local community.   Average attendance is about ten persons.   After the prayer, potluck-syle lunch is offered.

Evening Part        Wednesday    19:30-21:15

Evening prayer meeting for layperson and college students.  The program is same as morning’s.  Average attendance is three to five.

Other Gatherings

シャロンの花のつどい  毎月第2金曜日 10:30〜12:30 詳しくはこちら

ご婦人の方を対象とした、聖書から人間関係について学ぶための集いです。 通算回数は100回を越え、毎回たくさんのご婦人が参加しています。 時にはゲストを招いてのコンサートや、講師をお呼びしての講座も持たれます。 1999年には、メッセージをまとめた本が「あなたを変える 21のメッセージ」として、いのちのことば社より出版され、2007年現在7刷を数えています。

金曜集会  毎週金曜日 10:30〜12:00

聖書を学びたい方、質問のある方にオススメです。牧師が聖書をわかりやすく教えてくれます。シャロンの花の集いの日を除く毎週金曜日、どなたでも参加できます。

ワクワクどきどき土曜クラブ  毎月第4土曜日 13:30〜15:30

幼児・小学生を対象にした集いです。回によって行われる内容は異なりますが、ピザを焼いたり、ケーキ、アイスクリームなどを作ったり、お茶をたてたりと、とっても楽しいひとときを過ごすことができます。ゲームや賛美、わかりやすい聖書のお話もあります。

シモンの会  毎月第4金曜日 19:00〜21:00

青年以上の社会人男性を対象とした、アットホームな交流のひとときです。仕事帰りに茶菓をつまみながら、聖書のメッセージや互いの近況を分かち合います。

教室

パッチワーク教室  毎週月曜日 10:00〜14:00 詳しくはこちら

パッチワーク教室は、教会メンバーの婦人を講師として、ご婦人を対象に行われています。 作品のレベルも高く、教会を彩るその姿は好評です。 短くチャペルタイム(聖書のお話)や、昼食の用意があります。初心者の方でも丁寧にお教えしますので安心です。

オリーブ聖書学校  毎月第2火曜日 10:30〜12:00

当教会協力牧師の栗原延元師を講師として、教会史、東北のキリスト教史など幅広いテーマで聖書を学ぶことができます。栗原牧師はインドネシアにて神学校の教師を務めた経験豊富な牧師です。

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