Christmas Churches in Shanghai 2014

Christianity arrived in China after Buddhism, with the first documented case from the 7th century.  Currently, according to the CIA World Factbook, China’s Christian population is around 3-4%. A 2008 article on the Economist estimates that China has about 130 million Christians but the official government figures are much lower at 21 million. The vast differences in these figures could be because 20-50 million officially belong to a church, with the majority members of Protestant churches and the rest attending “house churches” which are private gatherings in homes.

Interestingly the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) oversees Catholics in China, although it is not recognised by the Vatican as the CCPA does not acknowledge the Pope and appoints its own Bishops.

With over 50 million copies of the Bible printed in China it has earned global status as the largest gospel spreading nation. 

Christmas Service in Shanghai

I guess we all know the reason for Christmas is to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. For those wanting to attend one of the Christmas Services or Masses in English, German or Korean at one of the Churches in Shanghai, you will find some details of local churches below.

1) St. Ignatius Catholic Cathedral
Address: 158 Puxi Lu, near Caoxi Bei Lu, Xuhui District
Tel: 6441 2211

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
10am: English service
5pm and 7pm: Chinese service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
12pm: English service
8:30pm: Chinese service

2) St. Peter’s Catholic Church
Address: 3/F, 270 Chongqing Nan Lu, near Hefei Lu, Huangpu District

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
3pm: German Service
8:30pm: English Service
10:30pm: Korean Service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
11am: English Service

3) All Saints’ Methodist Church
Address: 425 Fuxingzhong Lu, close to Danshui Lu, Huangpu District
Tel: 021 6385 0906

When: December 23rd, 24th, and 25th
7pm: Chinese service
No English services

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4) Hengshan Community Church
Address: 53 Hengshan Lu, near Wulumuqi Nan Lu, Xuhui District
Tel: 6474 3365

When: December 25th (Christmas Service)
11am: English service

5) Hong En Protestant Church
Address: 455 Hongfeng Lu, near Mingyue Lu, Pudong District
Tel: 137 6186 7174

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
9:30-10:30pm: English service

6) Saint Francis Xavier Church
Address: 175 Dongjiadu Lu, near Wanyu Jie, Huangpu District
Tel: 6378 058

When: December 24th(Christmas Eve Service)
6pm: English service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
11am: English Service

7) Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
Address: 151 Hongfeng Lu, near Biyun Lu, Pudong District
Tel: 138 1750 3946

When: December 24th (Christmas Eve Service)
9pm: English Service

December 25th (Christmas Service)
10am: English Service

There is certainly a lot to know and learn about the fascinating history of Christianity in China. Perhaps by attending one of these services is one of the best ways to learn! If you are curious, here is a list of Christian terms in Chinese that you might find useful.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Shanghai Properties! We hope you enjoy your Christmas in Shanghai!

adrienne-black-top-smallAdrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties




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