CHAPEL, SUNDAYS AT 12:15 PM
This is a vibrant and energetic service, attended by an average of 60 adults and children who speak the Chin dialect found in many parts of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Worship leadership on any Sunday is shared by many of the members.
The sermon is offered by a Chin elder (that is, a member who is an ordained leader of our entire congregation and has served on our Session). Music reflects both the strong heritage of the Chin tradition and a clear Western influence as a result of past missionary presence in Burma.
Anyone is welcome to attend. Even those who may not speak the language will be inspired and come away with the sense that God is definitely present and active through the Spirit in the lives of this gathered community.
ABOUT THE CHIN COMMUNITY
Starting with the arrival of Vietnamese refugees in the 1970’s, FPC has helped local Resettlement agencies resettle Refugees from many different countries. In 2007, many Refugees from Burma were brought here by Catholic Charities. The largest group of refugees from Burma are Chin and they have their roots in the Christian Faith. Many of the Chin are members of FPC. In addition to the Chin, other refugees from Burma who speak a variety of dialects are FPC members, as are Refugees from other countries.
Embraced by the FPCA faith community, those who speak the Chin dialect sought an opportunity to worship together in their own language, and began this service in 2013. Many of these refugees are no longer refugees, but proud American citizens.