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Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China



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Background

With well over 300,000 Protestants and over 1,400 congregations, Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China has a long history of Christianity mission and ministry. The United Methodist Church, through Global Ministries, builds on that tradition in partnership with the Methodist Church, Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China (MCHK) and the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China (HKCCCC). It also is an ecumenical  partner of the Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China Organized as the Methodist Church, Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China in 1975, the MCHK is a union of the British and American streams of Methodism that has been present in Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China for over 100 years. Its mission in the Macau Special Administrative Region includes work with new arrivals from China's interior. While most of the worship services are conducted in Cantonese, a few are in Mandarin and in English.  The International Church Circuit also serves about 2,000 Filipinos who are working in Hong Kong mostly as domestic helpers.

The Hong Kong, SAR, P.R. of China Council of the Church of Christ in China (HKCCC) traces its beginnings to 1918 when a group of Chinese and foreign church leaders in south China thought it necessary for the churches to unite to form an indigenous church organization. The church follows the principles of self-support, self-governance and self-propagation. Among the denominations that supported the formation of HKCCC is the United Brethren in Christ (a predecessor denomination to United Methodism).

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