Vision 建堂異象

將福音傳給未得之民,增添神家的人數,將榮耀歸予神。又帶領基督徒成長,使其更像基督的樣式,預備為主作工。

To Glorify God by reaching people for Christ; adding them to the family of believers; bringing them to Christ-like maturity; and equipping them for service

教會背景 Background

本教會起源於1975年復活節,當時有一位牧師Ronnie McCracken及一位弟兄 Nai Bob Cham一起在貝爾法斯特作了些華人福音事工,這些華人基督徒就是當年貝爾法斯特華人團契(BCCF)的骨幹。

從1979開始,華人團契在 Elmwood Avenue 的Methodist Chaplaincy 聚會。 在1988年6月, Malone Avenue的温沙浸信會開放教會給我們進行主日崇拜。 由于本教會沒有浸禮池的設施,時至今日我們仍然需要每年兩次借用温沙浸信會舉行浸禮聚會。
1994年,團契聚會的人數不斷增加,每天都有不同的聚會在教會或弟兄姐妹的家裡進行。
1996年,團契成員決定購買教會的現址,現址原身是Ulsterville 長老會的會所。同年,本教會亦正式成立為北愛第一間華人教會,取名為貝爾法斯特華人基督教會 (BCCC) 。
在上一次的北愛人口普查當中,中國人數大約有4,000人。根據北愛華人福利會估計,在北愛的華人約有8000人。作為北愛唯一一閒的華人教會,我們有責任及義務將福音傳給那些還未信主的華人。
貝爾法斯特華人基督教會目前每星期日大約有250人出席主日崇拜聚會。 與北愛的華人人口相比,所佔的比率仍然很低。當我們要擴展上帝的事工時,必須要有資源的相互配搭。

The church’s origin dates back to Easter 1975, when Reverend Ronnie McCracken and Mr. Nai Bob Cham started evangelistic work amongst the local Chinese in Belfast. This group of believers became known as the Belfast Chinese Christian Fellowship (BCCF).

The fellowship met at the Methodist Chaplaincy on Elmwood Avenue beginning in 1979. As the fellowship grew, a bigger meeting place was needed. In June 1988, Windsor Baptist Church, on Malone Avenue, opened their church for our Sunday service. We still hold two baptismal services every year at Windsor Baptist, as our existing church building does not have a baptismal pool.  

By 1994, the church work had expand to such an extent that meetings were held on almost every day of the week, whether in the church or at various homes.

In 1996, we purchased the current church building on Lorne Street (which was originally the Ulsterville Presbyterian Church Hall). In the same year we officially became the first Chinese church in Northern Ireland and changed our name to “Belfast Chinese Christian Church” (BCCC).

In the 2001 Census it was calculated that there are over 4,000 Chinese in Northern Ireland. The Chinese Welfare Association N.I. estimates that there may now be upwards of 7,000 Chinese here. As BCCC is the only Chinese church in the province, we have a great duty to preach the gospel to them.

BCCC currently has about 250 people in our congregation. Compared to the total number of Chinese living locally, we make up only a very small proportion. By extending our church building we will be able to better serve our existing congregation and carry out the Great Commission to reach those who do not yet know Christ.

建堂計劃 Project Program

感謝神的恩典,教會一直地成長。而當我們與主同行時,神必然將人數加添我們。所以我們在2009年9月成立了建堂小組去研究教會建築物的擴建如何能配合將來會眾增長對教會的要求。

在最初的階段,我們要選擇建築師來幫助我們建堂。經過考慮了3間不同的公司,我們聘請了20:20建築師。他們與我們有過多次的會議,而則師 Sam Thompson 更為我們及會眾提供了工作坊,及出席教會的聚會來回應弟兄姊妹對建堂的問題。

第二階段的建堂計劃,20:20給予建堂小組及會眾幾個重建方案,在會員大會中投票表決。結果 C方案以大比數92%獲得通過。這方案給我們機會完全重建我們現時一半的建築,大堂部份重修,給我們更大的空間。這項工程造價大約一百萬英鎊。

2010年6月,我們在教會派發了認獻表格,為建堂籌款奠定了根基,亦籍此見到弟兄姊妹對建堂的決心。

With God’s grace the church is growing and we anticipate that the church will continue to grow as we walk together with God. As a result The BUILD Team was formed in September of 2009 to identify the need of the church to expand and how we can accommondate future growth.

The initial stages were to select architect to assist us in the building project. After meetings with 3 different architects; 2020 Architects was chosen. The team had numerous meetings with 2020 and the Architect, Sam Thompson, had also provided the team and the whole congregation with workshops and attended church meetings in answering questions from fellow members.

In the next stage of the BUILD Project, the Team and the congregation were given different options to vote on to progress to the next stage by 2020 Architects . And in March 2010 an SGM was called to vote on the various options. On the day, ‘Option C’ were chosen for the next stage of the project with 92% of the vote.

And in June 2010 pledge forms were given and received to build the foundation of the commitment by each of the member of the congregation.

籌募目標 Funding Target

估價預算:£950,000英鎊至£1,150,000英鎊

C方案:全面翻新

把現時主禮堂改建成多個房間,並將其餘地方拆卸重建,包括新禮堂、教堂入口接待處、廚房、各項設施房間、儲物室及上層觀眾席。

Budget Estimate: £950,000 to £1,150,000

Option C: Major Refurbishment

Retain and modify the existing sanctuary to give a range of new rooms. Demolish the remainder of the building from the existing sanctuary to the rear hall. Build new sanctuary, foyer, kitchen, utility rooms, stores and create an upper balcony.