Shatin Church

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." - Matt 5

Shatin Congregation

 

In September, a group of us started worshipping together on a weekly basis in Shatin. Using the core space of the 2 standalone homes that we already occupied at the site, we had, over the preceding months transformed the area into one that we now use for gathering people. At the same time as establishing the adjacent Shatin Farm which we maintain as a prototype of Good News for the land, we also put in a standing tent for larger meetings, and retrofitted a container for smaller meetings, complete with wooden deck and artificial turf.

 

The result is a place where a large variety of people now meet regularly, and which forms the nexus for home groups, fellowships and outreach teams that might also meet elsewhere. This vibrancy, and the constant activity of the Shatin Farm, is sustained in part by the residents of the 2 family homes, some of whom have been invited to live here as part of their rehabilitation from addiction. The life and community that has resulted, in turn provides both shelter and opportunity for growth. One of the men who have lived here has joined an overseas missions team, and another has started a youth group locally- both bringing Jesus to the lost.

 

Another one of the main ways this group of people in this place is making an impact on the wider community is through the GoKids playground, where children from 0-3 years of age come for age-appropriate play, while their parents attend discussion sessions on developmentally appropriate parenting.

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This configuration of people and place is based on the long groundwork of our people going out to find the poor in the neighbouring estates, including Shui Chuen O. The outreach work continues post-inception, and we have been able to offer practical and spiritual assistance to street sleepers, new immigrants, the lonely and struggling families. Our hope is to continue to reach more and more people with the gospel and see the transformation of individuals and families as they come in touch with Jesus.

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