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Religious Activities in English: April 2007

Author: Tim Boyle, Issue: April 2007, Topic: Religion, Location: Tsukuba City

An English language interdenominational worship service is held once a month normally on the fourth Sunday of every month at 2 pm. at the Tsukuba Gakuen Church near “Dayz Town”. The April service, however, will be a week earlier than usual, being on the 15th. It will be followed by an informal fellowship time at the Tsukuba Christian Center next door. The Japanese language congregation meets every Sunday morning at 10:30, and the service is translated into English over earphones. The Easter service on April 8th will be followed by a pot-luck dinner. There is also a Bible Study in English every Tuesday evening at 8:00 at the Boyle residence. For more information or help with transportation, call Tim Boyle at 029-855-1907. (website: http://www.konkyo.org)

The Tsukuba Catholic Church has an English mass at 8:00 am every Sunday and the Japanese masses on Saturday night (6 pm) and Sunday morning (10 am) are accompanied by an summary of the message in English. There is also a Spanish mass on the 3rd Sundays at 3 pm. On the last Sunday of the month, there is a coffee social after the English mass. During Holy Week, there will be special masses at 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with translation into English. For information, call the church at 836-1723. The Tsuchiura Catholic Church offers an English mass on the last Sunday of each month at 3 pm (tel. 029-821-1501). There is also a Portuguese mass on the 3rd Saturday at 7 pm.

The Tsukuba Baptist Church offers an English language Bible study before the Japanese service every Sunday from 10 to 11 am. It is located in Inarimae just east of Nishi Odori on the street closest to the meteorological observation tower. Tel. 858-0655.

The Megumi Church in Tsuchiura (489-1 Kami Takatsu) also offers English translation of their 10:00 and 11:30 Japanese services over earphones. An English Bible class is held every Sunday morning at 9:00. There is also an International Fellowship group that holds a monthly potluck dinner usually on the third Saturday. For information on that, call Melissa Ishio at 838-1374. For more information, call the church at 822-2244 or e-mail LDN03144[AT]niftyserve.or.jp (Also see their Tsuchiura Megumi Church Web Page at http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/ro/tmc/index.html).

The Tokyo International Church, Tsukuba Branch in Amakubo 3-3-5 (across from Tsukuba Univ.) offers a 10:30-noon Chinese (Mandarin) service interpreted into both English and Japanese. There is also an English language Bible study every Sunday evening at 7 pm. For information, call Rev. Huang at 029-852-6820.

The International Christian Assembly meets every Sunday from 10 am for Bible Study and 10:50 for worship. For the Easter service on April 8, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children after the service. To get to the church, go towards Tsuchiura from Tsukuba on Tsuchiura-Gakuen Sen and turn left at the Hanamuro intersection. Turn right at the next light and go for 1.3 km. It is located just at the edge of the rice fields one street over to the north from Tsuchiura-Gakuen Sen. For more information please contact Pastor Brian Snider: 080-5421-3551.

The Nozomi Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tsuchiura (23-27 Komatsu 3-chome) also offers programs in English, including a worship service most Sunday evenings at 6:00 pm (please call ahead to confirm). There will be a special Good Friday service at 7 pm, and the Easter service at 10:30 am on April 8 will be followed by a pot-luck mea. English Bible information courses are available any time. For further information, call Joshua Stahmann at 029-835-8908.

Tsukuba Agape Chapel has services every Sunday at 9 (family oriented), 11 and 7 pm . There is a children's sunday school at 11 am, and they have a luncheon afterwards every Sunday. Located on Rt. 408 near the agricultural research institutes between Tsukuba and Ushiku, next to the Kinbasha Pachinko Parlor. Contact Stu Lynch for more information: slynch[AT]asianaccess.org or 029-859-1260.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Tsukuba ward is located at Sakura 2 chome 35-2. Services are translated into English over headphones. The Sacrament Meeting begins at 10 am followed by Sunday School at 11:10 and Priesthood and Relief Society at 12:00. A Gospel Doctrine class in English is also offered. For more information, contact 029-857-9795.

The Jewish Community of Japan, invites anyone of the Jewish faith in the Tsukuba area to feel welcome at any of their programs in Tokyo. Sabbath services each Friday at 6:30 pm followed by Sabbath dinner; Kosher Kitchen, Saturday morning, 9:30 am. Contact 3-8-8 Hiroo, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo 150; tel. 03-3400-2559, fax. 03-3400-1827.

The Tsukuba Mosque offers weekly Friday prayer at 12:00. For everyday we perform congregational Fajr prayer, Ishaa prayer followed by a lecture in Arabic and English. Quran class for women and children is held every Friday evening at 18:00. All muslims, Japanese, and others who interested in Islam are welcome to join these activities. For information contact Mr. Wanrat Abdullakasim Tel. 090-4240-3420, Fax. 029-864-3235, E-mail: s015533[AT]ipe.tsukuba.ac.jp Website: http://www.tsumra.org

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