Chuhyang Methodist Church
(CHMC) is located in Bongchun-8-dong area, Kwanak-Ku, Seoul city, Korea. The church is located in a basement space
having about 100 square meters. The
building where CHMC is located is a three-storied building as the above picture:
There are a beauty parlor and a laundry in the left side on the first floor. The second and the third floors are houses
where four families are living.
The church consists of three
parts in the basement space; 6 X 10 meters for a place of worship, 5 x 4.5
meters for a meeting and a dining hall, and 2 x 2 meters for a pastor¡¯s space.
The church¡¯s space is not so small considering the number of church congregation.
The church can hold 60 people and the maximum people will be about 70 persons
we have invited for worship.
Inside the church, there are
a famous picture called the Last Supper made in embroidery and a famous
calligraphy sentence written by a master calligrapher in Korea. In the
calligrapher art, you can see [Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous
will your future be.] <Job 8:7> written in the Korean language.
In the place of worship,
you can see 10 church chairs where four or five people can sit down on a wooden
church chair in two rows. There is a
small sized platform on which you can see a cross on the wall which is surrounded
by two violet colored curtains. Also, in the meeting and a dining hall, there
are two long rectangular desks where we have a meeting and a lunch. Also, there is a pastor¡¯s space where I
prepare for worship and ministerial work. A desk and a cabinet are all the
things I have along with many bookcases surrounding the church¡¯s inner wall. As
church is a basement, we use two ventilation fans for fresh air and an air
conditioner. For a winter, we have three heaters.
People can see the church very
easily because there are three billboards on the wall of the building and a
cross on the top of the building. The building is located seven minutes away by
foot from the Bongchun Station of Seoul¡¯s second subway
which is very convenient to come from other areas of Seoul. And it is 100 meters away from the local
street. Around the church there are many two-storied houses.
One of the famous
educational institutes near the church is Youngrak High School which is
operated by Youngrak Presbyterian Church, one of the most famous Presbyterian
churches in Seoul. Our piano
accompanist is a student of Yongrak High School. In the school, my wife has worked as an
athletics teacher for 20 years. Another
educational institute is an elementary school called Kwanak elementary school. A few children have participated in our church
There is a slum area next
to the church. In this slum area, there are many workers who came from China. Generally
speaking, they don¡¯t have a religion and don¡¯t want to attend church even
though we tried to invite them several times. This area is scheduled to build an
apartment complex in several years. Also there is an apartment complex which is
being built now near the church. Also there is another area where middle class
people having their own house live nearby. Generally speaking, the price of a house in Seoul is very
expensive. Also, there is a small traditional
market area where you can buy everything as far as food is concerned in the
area of within 5 five minutes. They don¡¯t attend church to sell vegetables and
food material even on Sunday.
Also within 5 km, there are
two universities: Seoul National University
and Sungsil University. Seoul National University is the best one
in Korea, so only a few
selected students can pass the entrance examination. Also, in this area we have many single
residents. They live alone in one room as a bachelor or a single woman. There
are many apartment complexes around the area where many people live.