R35+, a ministry for adult returnees, re-launches🕊

R35+

Do you know how to read it?

It reads “R Thirty-Five Up.”

R stands for Returnee’s R.
35 is the age of 35 years old.
+ is read as “up,” meaning “over” 35 years old. And up, meaning “looking up” to God.

 

When GRC21 was held online due to the Corona Disaster, there were regional gatherings. The people over 35 who were in the group together there shared a heart that there was a need for a place for adult returnees to gather, and R35+ began in July 2021.

Objectives of R35+:
(1) Fellowship among people of the same age group
(2) A place where lonely and tired adult returnee Christians scattered all over Japan can gather, look up to God together, and rest in Him. We want them to walk back being encouraged by God.

Online meetings continued for about two years. We gathered around the message and small groups, and each time the survey said how encouraged they were through the fellowship.After the May 2023 online meeting, we took a break for about six months to give ourselves time to pause. With the core members who had been involved, we reaffirmed the blessings we had received from being involved in ministry and the blessings God had shown us through ministry. Indeed, it was a period of rest where we shared again the importance of the ministry that was started by a heart from God and the importance of continuing to receive that heart.

After a period of rest, we held an online meeting on the 2nd of this month for the first time in about 10 months. The small group lasted a full hour. Even so, some said they would have liked to have talked more. We also took time to talk about what we are especially looking forward to for R35+ in the future, and it was clear that this is a ministry that has been eagerly awaited during the break period. They also shared their feelings that it is difficult to find a place in the church for those over 35 years of age unless they are of child-rearing age, and it was a time to reflect on the significance of R35+.

 

 

As we proceeded with our ministry following the restart of R35+, we were taught the importance of pausing and confirming God’s heart.

 

The future R35+ is,

July 6th (Sat) Online Gathering
September 16 (Monday, Respect-for-Senior-Citizens Day) Picnic (Tokyo)
October-November Online Gathering

And we are also praying for a limited time small group to be held between the online gathering and the meetings.

Event Info Useful for Returnees March, 2024

Event Info Useful for Returnees

March, 2024

◎Southern Kanto Small Groups (Japan)
Yokohama plus SG: Every Tuesday 20:00 (female only, online)
Sunshine SG: Every 2&4 Wednesday 20:30 (online)
Japan Office SG: Every Thursday 19:00 (in person, Ochanomizu)
Hibarigaoka related SG: Every 2nd Saturday (in person)
Contact: smallgroup@jcfn.org

◎ANRK Women’s Small Group (Japan. online)
Basically 2nd & 4th Thursdays 20:30〜22:00 (Zoom)
About 3-6 people gather each time and encourage each other through updates, Bible study (M28), and prayer. If you are interested, please contact us!
If you are interested in joining, please contact JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎Rejoice Together Conference (Australia)
At Cross Culture Church in Melbourne, Australia
March 1st – 2nd
https://rejoice-together.net/
In order to take charge of the mission to evangelize, each Christian must first be strengthened by the Lord, gather in one place, hear His word, praise Him together, and pray together. By encouraging each other and expanding the network, Christians across Australia can work together. What we cannot do alone, we can do together! We’re now looking forward to being a part of this great joy together!

◎APU Friday (North America, CA)
At Azusa Pacific University in CA
7 pm on Friday (March 1st, 15th, 22nd)
facebook page
Games, meals, worship and sharing!

◎R35+ Online Gathering (Japan, online)
Saturday, March 2nd 10:00〜12:00
This is a gathering for adult returnees over 35 years old and those who wish to support returnees.
This is our first gathering since last May. The gathering will focus on sharing.
Click here to register.
A Zoom link will be sent to those who sign up.
Contact Email

◎”Understanding Heart of YOUTH” seminar (North America)
Target: Youth ministers, pastors, and parents
Time: Saturday, March 2nd 3:00〜4:30pm
Location: Rise OC Church 3198-B Airport Loop Dr.,Costa Mesa CA 92626
Speaker: Sami Okada
Contact: JCFN Yuko Ozeki (ushq@jcfn.org)
facebook

◎WINGS Youth Ministry (North America)
All in bilingual and CA time
1) Monthly WINGS event in person: Mar 2nd at Rise OC Church. at 5 pm, contact goyouthla@gmail.com.
2) Weekly online devotion: every Monday at 8 pm (Tuesday 1 pm in Japan / noon from 3/14)
3) Weekly online Bible study: every Friday at 5 pm (Saturday 10 am in Japan / 9 am from 3/18)
https://www.instagram.com/goyouthwings/  

◎Tsu-Na-Gu (Japan, online)
Gathering for returnees in 20s in Chugoku area
Monday, March 4th, 11th, 19th 20:00〜
Let’s read together the Gospel of Luke.
Contact: JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎WINGLETS Kids Ministry (North America, CA)
At Gardena Valley Baptist Church (1630 W 158th St, Gardena, CA 90247)
Friday, Mar 8th at 4:30-6:00 pm Cookie decoration
Friday, Mar 22nd at 4:30-6:00 pm Egg Hunt
There will be worship and a message.
Held by : JEMS, The Japanese Christian Church Federation of Southern California
Contact: minakoF@jems.org
Free admission
Registration is required.

◎JCFN Japan Online Prayer Meeting V.OCHAHOP〜 (Japan, online)
Time: Saturday, March 9th 10:00〜11:00
facebook Event page
Zoom link

◎GiFT・Chill (Japan, Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, March 9th 15:00〜18:00
Location: JCFN Office at Ochanomizu Christian Center 3rd floor
Things to bring: Dinner and Drink
No need for registration
instagram

◎ANRK March Gathering (Japan, Osaka)
Time: Saturday, March 16th 10:00〜12:15 (opens at 9:30)
Location: J-House
〒530-0047 大阪市北区西天満5-11-9 https://www.jhouse.tv/
First face-to-face meeting in a long time. Our guest this time is Setsu Shimizu, JCFN North American Director. It is sure to be a gathering filled with laughter and tears.
Please join us for lunch after the meeting if you can make it!

◎Konnect Ohanami Party (Japan, Kanagawa)
Time: Saturday, March 16th 11:30〜15:30
Location: Negishi Shinrin Park
Things to bring: lunch, games, picnic sheet
Meet at JR Yamate Station at 11:30
Worship, Testimonies. Participate on your good timing.
Register here
Instagram:konnect_kanagawa

◎Inspa prayer meeting (Japan, online)
Sunday, March 17th, 20:00~20:30 (30 minutes only) (3rd Sunday evening for March)
At Zoom (Meeting ID: 979 2868 4925 Passcode: 144507)
*Let’s remember and pray together about the returnee ministry, INSPA, and returnees in the Tokai area.
*The prayer meeting is open to those who have participated in INSPA before, or are from or reside in the Tokai area.
facebook group link
Instagram link
Contact: facebook or inspire-union@hotmail.co.jp.

◎Re-Conn: Returnee Cafe (Japan, Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, March 23rd 14:00〜17:00
Location: Double O Cross Church (OO+) Kichijoji G Bldg B1 (東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺東町1-6-27)
https://www.re-conn.jp/
More events such as Christmas party and Bible study are organized by Re-Conn. Please check the website for the details.

◎Chugoku Kyushu group prayer meeting (Japan. online)
Saturday, March 23rd 19:00〜20:30
Details to be decided
Contact: JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎JxJ (North America, Seattle, WA)
Saturday, March 23rd 4:30〜8:00pm
Location: at ISI House in Seattle (5207 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105)
Instagram
jjseattle210@gmail.com

◎Tokyo Life Church Connect Group (Tokyo, Japan)
Time: Saturday, March 23rd, Every 4th Sunday
Roberta Peabody (Leader): rpeabody@teamjapan.org
Homepage Link
6-8 returnees mostly from North America are gathering monthly.
Location: Whistle Cafe in Nishi Waseda
We value the time to freely discuss what we experienced abroad and how we feel after coming back to Japan.
If you want to continue practicing your English or want to talk about your experiences abroad, please join us.

Event Info Useful for Returnees February, 2024

Event Info Useful for Returnees

February, 2024

◎Returnee Celebration Gathering video is now on YouTube for the limited time (Feb only)
Returnee Celebration Gathering held online in November last year is available to watch during only February.
Returnees testimonies.
YouTube link (Japanese only)

◎Southern Kanto Small Groups (Japan)
Yokohama plusSG: Every Tuesday 20:00 (female only, online)
Sunshine SG: Every 2&4 Wednesday 20:30 (online)
Japan Office SG: Every Thursday 19:00 (in person, Ochanomizu)
Hibarigaoka related SG: Every 2nd Saturday (in person)
Contact: smallgroup@jcfn.org

◎ANRK Women’s Small Group (Japan. online)
Basically 2nd & 4th Thursdays 20:30〜22:00 (Zoom)
About 3-6 people gather each time and encourage each other through updates, Bible study (M28), and prayer. If you are interested, please contact us!
If you are interested in joining, please contact JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎WINGS Youth Ministry (North America)
All in bilingual and CA time
1) Monthly WINGS event in person: Feb 3rd at Rise OC Church. at 5 pm, contact goyouthla@gmail.com.
2) Weekly online devotion: every Monday at 8 pm (Tuesday 1 pm in Japan / noon from 3/14)
3) Weekly online Bible study: every Friday at 5 pm (Saturday 10 am in Japan / 9 am from 3/18)
https://www.instagram.com/goyouthwings/  

◎APU Friday (North America, CA)
At Azusa Pacific University in CA
7 pm on Friday (Check the schedule for Feb gathering at facebokk)
facebook page
Games, meals, worship and sharings!

◎WINGLETS Kids Ministry (North America, CA)
At Gardena Valley Baptist Church (1630 W 158th St, Gardena, CA 90247)
Friday, Feb 9th at 4:30-6:00 pm
https://mailchi.mp/64601ba313e9/q86xxhy7kd-6169848
February is the Valentine’s Day Parfait event! There will be worship and a message. Registration is required.
Registration link

◎Tsu-Na-Gu (Japan, online)
Gathering for returnees in 20s in Chugoku area
Friday, February 9th and Monday, February 19th 20:00〜
Let’s read together the Gospel of Luke.
Contact: JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎JCFN Japan Online Prayer Meeting V.OCHAHOP〜 (Japan, online)
Time: Saturday, February 10th 10:00〜11:00
facebook Event page
Zoom link

◎Re-Conn: Returnee Cefe (Japan, Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, February 10th 14:00〜17:00
Location: Double O Cross Church (OO+) Kichijoji G Bldg B1 (東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺東町1-6-27)
https://www.re-conn.jp/
More events such as Christmas party and Bible study are organized by Re-Conn. Please check the website for the details.

◎Inspa prayer meeting (Japan, online)
Sunday, February 11th, 20:00~20:30 (30 minutes only) (every 2nd Sunday evening for August)
At Zoom (Meeting ID: 979 2868 4925 Passcode: 144507)
*Let’s remember and pray together about the returnee ministry, INSPA, and returnees in the Tokai area.
*The prayer meeting is open to those who have participated in INSPA before, or are from or reside in the Tokai area.
facebook group link
Instagram link
Contact: facebook or inspire-union@hotmail.co.jp.

◎GiFT・Friday Night Chill (Japan, Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, February 16th 19:00〜21:00
Location: JCFN Office at Ochanomizu Christian Center 3rd floor
Things to bring: Dinner and Drink
No need for registration
instagram

◎Chugoku Kyushu group prayer meeting (Japan. online)
Saturday, February 17th 19:00〜20:30
Praise, Bible study and prayer time
Contact: JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎JxJ (North America, Seattle, WA)
Saturday, February 21st, 4:30〜8:00pm
Location: at ISI House in Seattle (5207 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105)
Instagram
jjseattle210@gmail.com

◎Tokyo Life Church Connect Group (Tokyo, Japan)
Time: Saturday, February 24th, Every 4th Sunday
Roberta Peabody (Leader): rpeabody@teamjapan.org
Homepage Link
6-8 returnees mostly from North America are gathering monthly.
Location: Whistle Cafe in Nishi Waseda
We value the time to freely discuss what we experienced abroad and how we feel after coming back to Japan.
If you want to continue practicing your English or want to talk about your experiences abroad, please join us.

◎Rejoice Together Conference (Australia)
At Cross Culture Church in Melbourne, Australia
March 1st – 2nd
https://rejoice-together.net/
In order to take charge of the mission to evangelize, each Christian must first be strengthened by the Lord, gather in one place, hear His word, praise Him together, and pray together. By encouraging each other and expanding the network, Christians across Australia can work together. What we cannot do alone, we can do together! We’re now looking forward to being a part of this great joy together!

◎R35+ Online Gathering (Japan, online)
Saturday, March 2nd 10:00〜12:00
This is a gathering for adult returnees over 35 years old and those who wish to support returnees.
This is our first gathering since last May. The gathering will focus on sharing.
Click here to register.
A Zoom link will be sent to those who sign up.
Please register by February 26th.
Contact Email

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