Church Dedication Service at Six Churches in the Metropolitan Area
The gospel fields established in Incheon, Suwon, Gimpo, Dongducheon, and Namyangju, Korea
In May, four new temples were dedicated to God; and in June, six churches in Suwon, Incheon, Gimpo, Dongducheon, and Namyangju enjoyed keeping dedication services. The Sabbath worship services along with dedication services were held at the Homaesil Church in Gwonseon, Suwon, and the Gwanggyo Church in Suwon on June 11; at the Yeongjongdo Church in Incheon, and the Janggi Church in Gimpo on June 18; and at the Jungang Church in Dongducheon and the Byeolgaram Church in Namyangju on June 25.
Mother looked around every place of each church before the start of worship services and praised the hard work of all the members, saying that She could feel the members’ wholeheartedness in every corner of each church. Mother also prayed that all the children’s wishes would be fulfilled in line with God’s will. Furthermore, She wanted the temples become a gospel field delivering the water of life to all people.
General Pastor Kim Joo-cheol explained the mission of the church, saying, “The more churches that benefit society and share hope and happiness with neighbors, the brighter the future of mankind. Wholly following and practicing God’s will is what contributes to the development of churches and that is the attitude all the members must have.” He also said with emphasis, “Especially in this age when many people are suffering from anxiety due to climate changes that are worsening over time and the unstable international situations, we should make every effort to lead people to God the Father and God the Mother in Zion so that they may be at peace and have hope. Let’s diligently deliver the news of peace and hope to all people to turn the whole world into a place overflowing with God’s blessings” (Isa 60; 2 Ti 4:2–8; Mt 16:18–19; 24:3–8; Jer 4:5–6; Rev 22:17; Ps 91:2–7).
The members of each church, who had high expectations for the dedication ceremony after the removal of social distancing due to COVID-19, made determination to more diligently preach the truth of the new covenant, which contains God’s blessings and promise of salvation, through the power of the Holy Spirit they received on the Day of Pentecost (June 5).
Homaesil Church in Gwonseon, Suwon
The church in Gwonseon, Suwon, was built with five stories above ground and three stories below ground in the newly created Homaesil District. The exterior finished with white stones and blue windows harmonizes with the fresh surrounding park. The members were determined to practice God’s love diligently so that the church can become a resting place for the citizens in the Homaesil District, where the quiet atmosphere of the old town and the vibrancy of the new town with endless potential for development harmonize.
Gwanggyo Church in Suwon
There are Gwanggyo City Hall and Gwanggyo Law Town in Gwanggyo New Town, which has been established in some areas of Suwon and Yongin.
The Gwanggyo Church in Suwon, adjacent to Gwanggyo Lake Park, stands out for its openness and interior design that utilizes sunlight. The members expressed their desire to build a “church that benefits community and shares hope and happiness with neighbors” by striving for interacting with local residents through various activities.
Yeongjongdo Church in Incheon
Yeongjong Sky City, where Yeongjongdo Church in Incheon was built, is part of Yeongjong International City, the Incheon Free Economic Zone. The Incheon Bridge can be seen from the church and it is close to Incheon International Airport, so it is expected that members from various countries overseas will visit this church. The church also has guest rooms for visiting members from overseas.
The Yeongjongdo Church will also strive to provide customized services and arrange events for local residents. The members said, “Many airport workers are living in this area, and most of them are exhausted from the continuous shift work.” They were planning various events such as happy concerts, family invitation events, and Bible seminars to revitalize their community.
Janggi Church in Gimpo
The Janggi Church in Gimpo was built near the “Geumbit (meaning golden color) Waterway,” a waterfront commercial district called the Venice of Gimpo in the Han River New Town. The European-style exterior with four floors above ground and one basement floor blends in with the surrounding atmosphere.
Even before the construction of the new temple, the members here contributed to the development of the local community through various services such as environmental cleanups, blood drives, and help for farmers on a regular basis. At the dedication ceremony, influential figures from all walks of life and citizens sent congratulatory and welcoming messages.
Jungang Church in Dongducheon
The Jungang Church in Dongducheon, located in Saengyeon-dong, is close to Dongducheon Jungang Station and adjacent to a large residential complex. The new temple has a blue roof and white exterior walls that contrast with the green landscape, creating a refreshing atmosphere. Inside, the auxiliary facilities are arranged in a fan shape with the double-story large chapel as the center.
Since the church was established in 1989, the members carried out various activities such as donating kimchi, blankets, daily necessities, etc. to government offices and holding happy concerts for those in need according to the teachings of Christ, who said, “Love your neighbors as yourself.”
Byeolgaram Church in Namyangju
The Byeollae New Town in Namyangju was created to solve the housing shortage in the metropolitan area, and it is also an important transportation hub in central Gyeonggi Province. The Byeolgaram Church is located in this new town, meaning a “special river.”
At the dedication service held one year after the establishment of the church in the aftermath of COVID-19, the members expressed their determination to “preach the gospel diligently so that Byeolgaram becomes a river of the water of life that revives all souls.”