Yuguang Street Church

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Yuguang Street Church (Chinese: 玉光街礼拜堂) is a Protestant church in Dalian, China It is the former Dalian Anglican Church (Chinese: 大连圣公会教堂) and its church building is now a Historical Protected Building of Dalian City.[1][2]

Yuguang Street Church (Dalian, China), with Zhongshan Square and Dalian World Trade Center Bldg. in the Background

Brief history[edit]

  • From 1905 to 1945, the southern half of the present-day Greater Dalian was Japan's leased territory. Due to the Anglo-Japanese Alliance at that time, the British Consulate General was given a location at Zhongshan Square, the best place in downtown Dalian, and an Anglican church was built in its premises. It was a black brick building.
  • In 1928, the second-generation red-brick church building was built by a joint effort of the Church of England and the Anglican-Episcopal Church of Japan, which was named Dalian Anglican Church. On Sunday, the English-language service started at 9:00 am and the Japanese-language service at 10:30 am. The church belonged to the North China Diocese of Chung Hua Sheng Kung Hui.
  • At the end of the Second World War, all Japanese-owned buildings were confiscated by the Chinese, the religious buildings were never used as such, but as Britain owned the half of this church, it was left as a Christian church and was renamed as "Yuguang Street Church".
  • During the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1977 when all religious activities were suppressed, the stained glass windows were smashed broken and the church was used as a place for the children's extracurricular activities.
  • As Christian service restarted in the early 1980s, the church came under the post-denominational China Christian Council.
  • In 2001, it was listed as one of Dalian City's 100 or so Protected Historical Buildings.

At This Church Today[edit]

  • Address: No. 2, Yuguang Street, Dalian City, Liaoning Province 116001
Phone: 0411-8263-0583
  • Except for the Anglican altar which was taken away and the stained glass windows that were smashed broken and replaced by regular windows, the building is almost as it was in 1928.
  • The cornerstone on the right of the church entrance can be read in English (on the left side of the stone) and Japanese (on the right side, written vertically),[3] as:
The Cornerstone of Yuguang Street Church, Dalian, China (Photo taken in 2013)

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
THIS STONE WAS DEDICATED.
MAY 6TH. 1928

BY
FRANCIS LUSHINGTON NORRIS D.D.
BISHOP IN NORTH CHINA

  • Weekly services are held on Friday evening (for the youth) and three times on Sunday.
  • Baptism is done usually on Sunday a week or two before Christmas Day or Easter.
  • A Christmas program including the 50-member chorus is held on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, no service is held, but the song and dance programs are held from morning till a little after noon.

See also[edit]

Yuguang Street Church, Beijing Street Church, Dalian Catholic Church, etc
Catholic: Dalian Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral of Shenyang, St. Theresa's Cathedral of Changchun, Sacred Heart Cathedral of Harbin, etc.; Protestant: Yuguang Street Church, Dongguan Church, Changchun Christian Church, Harbin Nangang Christian Church, Fushun Zhonghelu Church, etc.; and Eastern Orthodox: Church of the Intercession in Harbin, etc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Churches in Dalian Archived December 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Churches in Dalian, Liaoning
  3. ^ 神の榮光の為 此石を獻ぐ 昭和三年五月六日 北京監督・神學博士 フランシス・エル・ノリス

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