Leicester Chinese Christian Fellowship (CCF) came into being in 1977 through the work of the Late Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Rowe, retired Chinese Inland Mission (CIM) and Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) missionaries.
History of Leicester CCF to Leicester CCC
The work started as an English class for three house wives, which gradually became a Bible study group. After a couple of years, small group of believers began their Sunday service at Melbourne Hall Evangelical church. It was called Leicester Chinese Christian Fellowship. The service was held in Cantonese and caters mainly for the needs of those in Catering business. Most of the Chinese Christian students worship in the local churches on Sunday they also have a small student fellowship which met in Central Baptist church in the city centre.
In 1988 Mr. Stanley Rowe went home to glory, eleven days after Esther, Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM) missionary moved to Leicester to help with the student ministry in the city as well as using it as a base for her ministry to other student Fellowships in the UK
Church planting strategy was set to establish a Chinese Christian church with three COCM missionaries working together-Esther, focusing on student ministry, Sam and Teresa working at reaching the Chinese who are in the catering trade and their families. Our Sunday worship service became bilingual (Cantonese translated into English or vice versa). As numbers of believers we added to the fellowship we had to move to a bigger premises, Elim Pentecostal Church in 1990.
The Leicester CCF members worked hard and we were united in our outreach and in equipping believers in the faith.
Leicester CCF was inaugurated as Leicester Chinese Christian church. Sam and Teresa Sham moved to Belfast while Esther stayed on to use Leicester as her based for co-ordinating the student ministry and to help Leicester whenever she could. We continued to rent Elim Pentecostal Church, Narborough Road, for our Bilingual Sunday services. At the same time we had Chinese class and Sunday school for the children.
We brought our own premises at 64, Clarendon Park Road. While our own building was being renovated and converted into a worship premises, we moved our Sunday worship to Christ Church which was diagonally opposite our new premises. By the summer of 2001 we moved into our new building. Dedication service was held on 18 November 2001.
In 2002, we felt the need to begin a mandarin speaking bible study group, the attendance was a few students, and after several months, in 2003, it was decided that we should have a mandarin speaking service each Sunday. Albert and Angela faithfully led the small group of less than 10 people for a few years before they went back to Singapore. Many prayers have gone into this work and more recently we have seen much growth under Mainland mandarin speaking leaders. We rejoiced that several have come to Christ through the Mandarin speaking congregation.
In March 2004, the leadership felt a need to start an English speaking Sunday worship and outreach to the second generation Chinese in Leicester. This would enable us to reach the professionals and the English speaking students and the non Chinese. In May of that same year, we also planted a daughter congregation in Grantham. As the church conducted short term mission over in Grantham people came to faith in Christ. These young believers needed to be nurtured and to attend worship services. Leicester was too far for them as most of them needed to go to work at 3pm. So Grantham Chinese Christian congregations have their worship service at 1:30pm, but it changed to 1pm in 2015.
We give glory to God that our members are growing. Graduating students leave us each year, we rejoice that they are Christ’s Ambassador to whatever country they may be returning to. We trust you will have an idea of how God began his work among us. Thank you for taking time visiting this website. You are welcome to visit us if you are ever in Leicester.