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People looking for English speaking churches in Hong Kong will find dozens to choose from. Hong Kong is multicultural with a large expat community. The expats and English speaking Chinese have founded large Protestant and Evangelical churches that have a large influence.
Here are our recommendations for Evangelical, Protestant and Pentecostal churches for tourists and information about other big English speaking services in Hong Kong.
What makes St. Andrews a good pick for a church visit is that the congregation is warm toward strangers with a lot of expats of various nationalities. The expats know what it is like to be visiting in a strange culture, so they've geared the services to accommodate newcomers.
Also, it is right in the middle of major tourist highlights in Hong Kong such as Nathan Road, Temple Street Market, and Kowloon Park. So you are only a few minutes walk from tourist highlights and close to convenient transportation.
The cathedral itself is quite big, built of red bricks in the cruciform pattern, and has a bell tower. It is beautiful inside with a mellow feel and colored strained glass. The doctrine and message has been decidedly evangelical in its history, and it isn't sectarian. Material from other Protestant churches or denominations are often used.
St. Andrew's has long been known as a very active church involved in education, social service outreach, evangelical outreach, refugee care, and community events. The multiracial congregation has an international feel and a mixture of worship styles characteristic of evangelical "born again" type expat churches in East Asia.
Nathan Road (彌敦道) was the first road built by the British colonizers in Kowloon. It was built in 1860, and the cathedral was the first non-military building built on the road in 1906. Other more modern buildings such as the church offices and an auditorium were added to the complex later.
St. John's Cathedral, the main Anglican church building for the archdiocese, is more popular for its architecture.
This large, modern evangelical church stands out on Hong Kong Island for its size, multiracial community, the use of modern audiovisual technology, and many activities geared for people of many nationalities and ages. The doctrine is conservative evangelical.
The congregation is probably the largest English speaking Protestant congregation in Hong Kong besides the Vine Church. Many are educated professional expats or English speaking professional locals and local university students. There are also domestic helpers and less educated workers. There are four services on Sunday. Young children and older youth may meet in other rooms.
The new church opened in 1999 when about two hundred people from the Evangelical Community Church in Tsim Sha Tsui started meeting on Hong Kong Island. At first, they met in various rented facilities on the island. In 2008, the church moved into the large building it is presently in. Services are held in various floors to accommodate the crowds and for services for children.
The Vine is the largest English speaking Pentecostal church. Like the others, it is multiracial. Though the congregation are of all ages, the services are geared towards teenagers and young people in their twenties. The Vine is known for their rock band and youth oriented fellowship, recreation, and training activities.
The church is also known for their assistance and aid for poor people and foreigners in trouble in Hong Kong. There are a lot of Africans and people from other third world countries attending.
In the early 2000s, a congregation of about 100 people made two former executives their pastors. Then the congregation moved into a building in Central. Then in 2009, they renovated a theater building in Wan Chai and moved in.