ACCCH

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安城教會的前身是一個小小的校園查經班,從六十年代初期開始聚會,1978年開始有主日崇拜並正式建立教會,到今天將近35年之久。

在這些年間,安城教會成爲西麻州地區的一座真理的燈塔,引領了許多到安城暫居或定居的華人從黑暗進入奇妙光明之中。由於地處麻州大學校園,教會成員以來到麻州大學就讀的華人學生爲主。他們分别來自臺灣、香港、大陸、東南亞及世界各地。安城教會是他們天路歷程的頭一站,又是培育他們靈命成長的摇籃。多年來一批又一批的留學生在這裏通過福音聚會和查經班認識神,重生得救,在幾年的讀書生涯中得著餵養,屬靈生命慢慢地成長。等到他們成爲搭配自如的主要同工時,他們也學成畢業。他們因著工作關係離開,隨主的帶領分散在美国,去到臺灣、香港、大陸、東南亞及世界各地的教會事奉。

近十多年來更有越來越多的人在安城教會信主受洗,接受裝備之後將福音帶回中國大陸。另外我們還支持了多位從我們中間蒙召獻身,接受神學裝備並走上全職服事的牧者。因此,在福音事工上安城教會一直是在做著鬆土、撒種、澆灌和差遣的工作。我們當中屬靈的恩賜和資源雖然有限,信心和宣教的使命却不受限制。

近年來我們越來越多地投入海外的短期宣道事工。我們已經踏上了加勒比海的千里達島嶼,以及歐洲大陸(英倫三島,愛爾蘭,西班牙)。基督的愛激勵著我們要爲著神的國去尋找失喪的靈魂。

現在,我們的會衆從原來以研究生和單身朋友爲主,轉向有更多比例的當地居民和家庭。雖然每年仍有許多學生畢業離開,但神却將得救的人數不斷加給我們。我們真是目睹著神的恩典充充满滿在安城教會中。

安城教會從建立伊始就借用美國教會(安城第一浸信會)的教堂聚會。感谢神的恩典,教會於2005年4月搬遷至位於611 Belchertown Road的新堂址。

Church History

Amherst Chinese Christian Church (ACCC) started in the 1960's as a small campus bible study group. In 1978, the group officially established a church and began their Sunday worship.

During the past 27 years, ACCC has become a lamp stand in the region of Western Massachusetts, leading many Chinese living in Amherst, both local and temporary residents, out of darkness and into the light. Due to its close proximity to the University of Massachusetts, the congregation is mainly composed of Chinese students in UMASS, who came from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. ACCC has become the first stop in their heavenly journey, as well as the cradle in fostering their spiritual growth.

For many years, groups of foreign students got to know God through gospel meetings and bible study; they are saved and are born-again. Throughout their life in the university, they were nurtured and their spiritual life steadily matured. By the time they've become key co-workers in serving the Lord, they would have also attained their academic degrees. They departed the area according to where their career led them, and continued to serve the Lord in various states of America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Southeast Asia and other parts of the world. In fact, over the past ten years, we've seen more who were baptized in ACCC, after being equipped spiritually, return to China to promote the gospel.

Moreover, we have supported several alumni who accepted God's calling to receive seminary training and become full time workers of the Lord. Therefore, ACCC has always been doing the work of plowing, sowing, watering and sending out workers to advance the gospel. Our spiritual gifts and resources may be limited, yet our faith and mission to preach the gospel are not restricted. Recently, our church has become increasingly involved in short-term missions overseas. We've set foot in Trinidad of Tobago and Europe (England, Ireland and Spain). Indeed, the love of Christ compels us to seek for the lost souls for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

In the past, our congregation was composed mainly of graduate students and unmarried gospel friends. Lately, the composition gradually shifted to a higher percentage of locals and families. Although many students graduate and leave the area on a yearly basis, nonetheless, the Lord continues to add the number of believers among us. We are witnesses of God's abundant grace in Amherst Christian Chinese Church.

Amherst Chinese Christian Church has always used the facilities of First Baptist Church in Amherst until recently. In 2005, the church purchased and moved to its new property located along Belchertown Road (Route 9), Amherst.