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杭州市基督教会思澄堂简介 Hangzhou Christian Si-Cheng Church Introduction

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杭州市基督教会思澄堂简介

Hangzhou Christian Si-Cheng Church Introduction

 

  

  思澄堂是杭州城区基督教会现存唯一的一座老教堂,坐落于杭州上城区解放路132号,迄今有近百年历史。思澄堂教会的信仰背景为美国北长老会,最初由美籍传教士倪维思夫妇于1859年来杭传教。1864年由美国传教士与华人传教士张澄斋在皮市巷租房设立布道所。1872年购得丰乐桥三开间大厅作为礼拜堂。由于信徒不断增多,于1924年在原丰乐桥教堂旧址建堂,1927年竣工,共耗资六万银圆。为纪念张澄斋牧师,遂取名“思澄堂”。开堂时,聘范光荣牧师为本堂第一任牧师。


 



  “文革”期间,思澄堂改用为杭州图书馆仓库。1981年宗教政策得以落实,教产归还,思澄堂重新开堂,并于同年8月30日举行复堂典礼。复堂后,先后由蔡文浩、孙锡培、张耀法、黄明科担任主任牧师。

 

  该堂建筑采用中国式屋檐翘角的风格,整体建筑呈十字形状,外墙青砖实叠,内用洋松木做梁柱,采用对称格局。一楼讲台下有一浸池,二楼主会场,三楼采用回廊格式,窗户用园林的支摘窗式,是典型的中国式建筑风格。 


  目前,思澄堂有经常参加崇拜的信徒约3000人。除主日崇拜、青年聚会外,还有周间查经祷告会、慕道班、五大诗班和三个乐队练习、五十多个侍奉和关怀小组(团契)等。思澄堂每月第一周是圣餐礼拜,每年有两次洗礼,平时有婚礼、丧礼、布道、探访等事工。





  思澄堂现有牧师4位、长老5位、传道1位、行政3位、堂委成员28位,组成教会的管理组织,以“信靠上帝、仰望基督、依赖圣灵、委身教会、搭配服侍、同心合意、兴旺福音”为宗旨,在教会各样事工中各尽其职。

 

  杭州为我国著名的风景旅游城市,海内外宾客来访甚众。思澄堂是浙江教会中一所重要的宗教活动场所,其教会建筑、人文气息和宗教文化内涵,对杭州基督教历史、中国教堂风格及为“基督教中国化”提供丰富的价值和意义,并在创建和谐教堂及宣传我国宗教自由政策中发挥应有的作用。


 


  Si-Cheng Church is the only existing old church in Hangzhou city, located at 132 Jie-Fang Road in the Shangcheng district. It has a history of nearly a century. The church is affiliated with the American Northern Presbyterian Mission. It was initially established by American missionary couple Mr. and Mrs. John Livingston Nevius in 1859 when they came to Hangzhou to spread the gospel. In 1864, American and Chinese missionaries established a preaching station in a rented house on Pi-Shi Lane. In 1872, they purchased a larger hall near Feng-Le Bridge, which was used as a place of worship. As the number of believers grew, a new church building was constructed on the original site in 1924 and completed in 1927, with a total cost of 60,000 silver yuan. In memory of Pastor Zhang Cheng-Zhai, the church was named "Si-Cheng Church." The inaugural senior pastor was Rev. Fan Guang-Rong.


  During the Cultural Revolution, Si-Cheng Church was repurposed as a warehouse for the Hangzhou Library. However, in 1981, with the implementation of new religious policies, the church was returned to its religious use, and a rededication ceremony was held on August 30th of the same year. Since then, Rev. Cai Wen-Hao, Rev. Sun Xi-Pei, Rev. Zhang Yao-Fa, and Rev. Huang Ming-Ke have served as senior pastors.


  The church building features a Chinese-style architecture with upturned eaves and solidly stacked blue brick walls on the exterior. The interior uses imported pine wood for beams and columns, following a symmetrical layout. The church has a baptismal pool beneath the platform on the first floor, a main worship hall on the second floor, and a cloister-style third floor. The windows are designed with traditional Chinese garden features, showcasing a typical Chinese architectural style.


  At present, Si-Cheng Church has approximately 3000 regular attendees. In addition to Sunday worship services and youth gatherings, the church also hosts weekday Bible studies, prayer meetings, inquirers' classes, five choirs, and three bands for rehearsals, as well as over fifty fellowship and service groups. The church observes Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month and conducts baptisms twice a year. It is actively involved in various ministries, including conducting weddings, funeral services, preaching, and visiting the sick.


  The church's administrative team consists of four pastors, five elders, one minister, three administrative staff, and twenty-eight committee members, each playing a specific role and committed to the church's objectives of "trusting in God, looking up to Christ, relying on the Holy Spirit, dedicating to the church, serving in teams, being united in heart and mind, and promoting the gospel."


  Hangzhou is a renowned tourist city both domestically and internationally, attracting a multitude of visitors. Si-Cheng Church is a significant religious venue among churches in Zhejiang. Its unique architectural style, cultural atmosphere, and religious significance contribute to Hangzhou's Christian history and the localization of Christianity in China. Additionally, the church plays a crucial role in promoting harmonious religious relationships and advocating religious freedom in the country.




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