Transition

A NEW HARVEST
多族裔教會是一個胸懷世界的教會



我們的呼召

一直以來,美國各地的華人移民教會熱衷於服事和接觸來自亞洲國家的移民,尤其是我們熟悉背景的移民。雖然基督福樂之家一開始是一個華人移民教會,但我們相信上帝已經給了我們一個全球性的呼召——在華人中帶出神國的影響力,也讓這影響力震撼美國主流社會和世界。神已經不斷地為我們開路,使我們成為一個多族裔的多元教會,反映祂對世人的心意,我們也熱切地回應祂的帶領。 當我們的華人會眾繼續與華人社區接觸時,我們希望同時定位、提升我們的英語會眾來引導眾族裔。這是一個唯有通過兩個會眾共同努力才能實現的呼召,是我們中、英會眾都齊心擁抱我們作為一個神國導向教會的使命,來接觸不同種族、不同國家、不同人生階段的男女老幼。

下一個步驟

在未來的幾年裡,我們將開始朝這個方向前進,我們渴望看見基督福樂之家建立起不同的聚會時間和會眾,以滿足我們周圍不同種族社區的需要,並將眾人帶進神的國。我們採取的第一步是將中、英兩堂的聚會以不同的聚會時間,整合至 Harvest Building。 當兩個會眾一起聚會時,我們踩著合一的步伐,持續走向神國度中各族各民合一的使命。

這個變化如何幫助我們?

  • 在同一個地點提供兩堂聚會能夠培養跨文化意識和重視每種文化優勢的事工環境。
  • 兩個會眾的成員將有機會團契相交,促進更大的互動與合一。
  • 我們的年輕人和青少年一直需要生命導師——中文堂的弟兄姊妹將有更多的機會來指導、陪伴下一代的成長。
  • 將有更多的機會讓兩堂同一人生階段的弟兄姊妹和家庭,建立互助的群體來相互支持。
  • 英語會眾已經成長超出了 Hope Building 現有的空間—— 移至 Harvest Building 給了英語會眾繼續成長和擴展的空間。
  • 兒童服事的同工群們將更加堅固、增長——弟兄姊妹將增加參與崇拜的選擇,同時能夠繼續參與兒童的事奉。
  • 青少年會眾將移至 Hope Building 的大堂,能持續有成長的空間。
常見的問題解答

聚會的時間
目前的考量為中文主日慶典於上午 9:45 開始,英文主日慶典於上午 11:15 開始。

為什麼英文的聚會時間是上午 11:15
因為我們的異象是建立一間多族裔的教會,所以我們希望將英文的主日慶典設置在最能夠服事這群眾的時段。話雖如此,我們依然查詢了許多鄰近的華人教會,發現很多教會都提供上午 9 點的聚會。基於此,我們相信透過較早的聚會,仍然能夠有效地接觸華人社區。

這兩堂聚會都有兒童服事嗎
是的。

這兩堂聚會都將有青年服事嗎?
是的 。

會有早餐和午餐嗎
是的,Hope House 將在服務前後出售咖啡。我們還打算提供簡單的早餐和午餐。

會有主日學嗎
是的,我們在中文慶典期間有英語主日學,在英語崇拜期間有中文主日學。

這將於什麼時候發生
我們計劃在2019 年9月到 2020 年1月之間啟動這兩堂聚會。

Hope Building(希望大樓)的用途是什麼?
希望大樓將用於下一代的事工。青少年聚會目前已經成長超出了他們已有的空間,所以他們將使用 Hope Building 的大堂聚會。此外,所有職員辦公室將遷往 Hope Building (希望大樓),以便能最大限度地使用 Harvest Building 所有的空間。


A NEW HARVEST

A multiethnic church is a church with a heart for the world.

Our Calling
Historically, Chinese immigrant churches across America have been passionate about ministering and outreaching to immigrants and those from Asian countries, especially countries they are familiar with. Although Vineyard of Harvest started as a Chinese immigrant church, we believe that God has given us a global call-- to have kingdom impact on the Chinese community but also, to have kingdom impact on mainstream America and the nations. God has been opening the doors for us to become an ethnically diverse church that reflects His heart for all people and we want to be responsive to His leading.
As our Chinese congregation continues to reach out to the Chinese community, we want to simultaneously position and empower our English congregation for multiethnic impact. This is a call that can only be accomplished together, with both congregations embracing our role as a Kingdom-driven church that reaches all kinds of men, women, and children from every race and nation and in every stage of life.


Next Steps
In the coming years, we will begin moving in this direction and our heart is to see multiple services and congregations happening at Vineyard of Harvest to meet the needs of the ethnically diverse communities around us and bring all kinds of people into the Kingdom. The first step we are taking will be to move both English and Chinese services into the Harvest Building to have service at two different times. By having both the Chinese and English congregations operating in one building, we move towards establishing the unity of our church as one body to fulfill the mission of becoming a multiethnic expression of the Kingdom of God.

How This Change Helps
  • Having two services in the same building will cultivate an environment to practice cross-cultural awareness and ministry that values the strengths of each culture
  • Church members from both congregations will have the opportunity to fellowship, fostering greater collaboration and unity
  • Mentors for our young adults and youth has been an ongoing need -- now there will be more opportunities for Chinese congregation members to mentor the next generation of English congregation members
  • More opportunities will arise for people and families in the same life stages from both congregations to build community and support one another
  • The English congregation has outgrown the current space in the Hope building -- moving to the Harvest Building gives space for the English congregation to continue growing and expanding
  • Vineyard Kids volunteer base will be strengthened -- people will have more options to serve while still being able to attend one service
  • The Youth Service will have space to grow by moving to the Hope Building sanctuary

  • FAQs

    What time will the services be?
    The Chinese service will start at 9:45am, and the English service will start at 11:15am.

    Why does the English service get the 11:15am service time?
    Because our vision is to reach a multiethnic community, we would like to position the English service during the time slot that is most conducive to reaching that demographic. Having said that, we researched the other Chinese-speaking churches in our area and found that many of them offer 9am services. Based on this, we believe we can still effectively reach the Chinese-speaking community with an earlier service.

    Will there be a children's program for both services?
    Yes.

    Will breakfast and lunch be available?
    Yes, the Hope House will sell coffee before and after service. We also intend to have simple breakfast and lunch items available.

    Will there be Sunday School?
    Yes, we plan to have English Sunday school during the Chinese service and Chinese Sunday school during the English service.

    When is this happening?
    We plan to start the two services sometime between September 2019 and January 2020.

    What will the Hope Building be used for?
    The Hope Building will be used for next-generation ministry. The youth service is currently outgrowing their space so they will move to the sanctuary. Also, all staff offices will move to the Hope Building so that all space in the Harvest Building can be maximized for ministry purposes.

    Please check in with your small group leader with any additional questions!