Finding an English Speaking Church in Tokyo
Are you a Christian living in/visiting Tokyo and looking for a church where you can worship God and fellowship with other believers in your language? Do you want to learn more about the diverse Christian community in this city and how they are serving God and others? If so, this blog post is for you. In this blog post, you will find some of the English speaking churches that are available in Tokyo and what they have to offer.
Types of English Speaking Churches in Tokyo
Tokyo is a large and cosmopolitan city that hosts many different types of churches for people from various Christian traditions and backgrounds. Whether you are looking for a Lutheran, Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, or non-denominational church, you can find one that suits your preferences and needs. Here are some of the types of English speaking churches that you can find in Tokyo:
- Lutheran: Lutheran churches follow the teachings of Martin Luther and emphasize the doctrine of justification by faith alone. They also use the liturgy and sacraments as means of grace and worship.
- Catholic: Catholic churches are part of the universal church that traces its origin to Jesus Christ and his apostles. They believe in the authority of the pope and the magisterium, as well as the seven sacraments and the tradition of the church.
- Anglican: Anglican churches are part of the worldwide communion of churches that originated from the Church of England. They have a balance between Catholic and Protestant elements, as well as a diversity of expressions and opinions within their church.
- Baptist: Baptist churches are part of the Protestant movement that emphasizes the baptism of believers by immersion, the priesthood of all believers, and the autonomy of local congregations. They also value the authority of the Bible and the freedom of conscience.
- Non-denominational: Non-denominational churches are not affiliated with any specific denomination or tradition. They usually have a more contemporary and informal style of worship and ministry, as well as a focus on evangelism and discipleship.
Examples of English Speaking Churches in Tokyo
Now that you have an idea of the types of English speaking churches in Tokyo, let me introduce you to some examples of them. For each church, I will provide a brief description, as well as its address and website.
St. Paul International Lutheran Church
St. Paul International Lutheran Church is an English language ministry in Tokyo that welcomes families and singles, young and old. They have Sunday morning worship, traditional liturgy, special music, contemporary songs, prayer time, Sunday school, Bible studies, adult Christian education classes, fellowship, and social events. They are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC).
Address: 1-2-32 Fujimi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 102-0071
Lifehouse Tokyo is an international church situated in the heart of Tokyo city. Their vision is to create a place where all kinds of people come to encounter God and experience real friendships. They have a heart for reaching people from all walks of life: students, local families, and internationals living in Tokyo. They have services in English and Japanese, as well as small groups, discipleship, missions, kids programs, youth group, music team, media team, and more.
Address: 3F Shinjuku Sunflower Building 4-2-12 Shinjuku Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0022
Franciscan Chapel Center (Roppongi Catholic Church)
The Franciscan Chapel Center is Japan’s only English-language Roman Catholic parish. They welcome all newcomers, whether they are visiting Tokyo on vacation or have been living in Japan for some time. They have masses scheduled for 5pm on Saturday, and 9am, 11am, and 5pm on Sunday. They also have masses on Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30pm. They offer various ministries and activities such as choir, catechism classes, RCIA program, Bible study group, young adult group, women’s group, men’s group, and more.
Address: 4-2-37 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0032
St. Andrew’s Cathedral (Anglican)
St. Andrew’s Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Tokyo. It is a historic building that was completed in 1886 and survived both the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and the firebombing of Tokyo in 1945. It is a beautiful and serene place to worship God and enjoy the Anglican tradition. They have services in English and Japanese, as well as Sunday school, choir, organ recitals, and other events. They also have a sister church, St. Alban’s Church, that is home to the Tokyo Diocese’s English-speaking congregation.
Address: 3-6-16 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0052
Tokyo Baptist Church
Tokyo Baptist Church is a Baptist church that offers services in English, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Spanish. They have a vision to be a loving family of God that reaches all nations for Christ. They have a variety of ministries and activities for all ages and backgrounds, such as worship teams, prayer teams, small groups, counseling, missions, kids church, youth group, college group, singles group, couples group, seniors group, and more.
Address: 9-2 Hachiyama-cho Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0035
Tokyo Union Church
Tokyo Union Church is an interdenominational Protestant church that welcomes people from different Christian traditions and backgrounds. They have a mission to be an inclusive Christian community where all people are welcomed as God’s children and challenged to live as Christ’s disciples. They have services in English and Japanese, as well as Sunday school, youth group, choir, orchestra, bell choir, outreach programs, fellowship groups, and more.
Address: 5-7-7 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001
Tokyo Lutheran Church
Tokyo Lutheran Church is a Lutheran church that belongs to the Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church (JELC). They have services in English and Japanese, as well as Bible studies, fellowship events, social events, and more. They are a friendly and welcoming church that seeks to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Tokyo.
Address: 1-1-3 Yotsuya Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 160-0004
I hope this blog post has helped you find an English speaking church in Tokyo that meets your needs and preferences. Joining a church is a great way to grow in your faith, connect with other believers, and serve God and others. If you have any questions or suggestions about the churches I have mentioned or any other churches in Tokyo, please feel free to comment below or contact me at (your email). Thank you for reading and God bless you!