New regional meeting: KONNECT

I have long prayed for a place for returnees in Kanagawa Prefecture, the second most populous prefecture in Japan. I have decided to start a Kanagawa Prefecture returnee meeting, Konnect.

The “K” in Konnect represents Kanagawa Prefecture, while “Konnect” means “to connect” in Japanese. Our aim is to foster connections with God, fellow Christian returnees, and the church, all while having fun in the Lord. We hope to be a place where people can connect with each other and with the Lord.

Meetings occur bi-monthly, welcoming returnee Christians, non-Christians familiar with the gospel, and those open to embracing returnee Christians.

mochi-paeties

Konnect originated from a returnee gathering last November, featuring themed activities like Mochi parties and cherry blossom viewings(Hanami), with a BBQ planned for the third meeting. Mealtime fellowship holds significance for returnees.

Each gathering includes testimonies, often evoking tears and praise to the Lord. I’ve prayed for this meeting for over five years, and God has led us to gather 17 people. From there, we shared the vision, core members were given, and the Lord has been leading and blessing this ministry.

Hanami

Non-Christian have also been given each time., and some participants will be baptized soon. We pray that Konnect continues to glorify God by connecting returnees to the church, each other, and Him.

Follow us on Instagram and join us at Konnect when you return to Kanagawa Prefecture.

https://www.instagram.com/konnect_kanagawa?igsh=OGlpejhlY3Fiemhs

Frequency: Once every two months

Eligibility:

1) Returnee Christians (Christians who were saved overseas or have experienced overseas)

2) Non-Christians who have heard the gospel overseas

(3) Those who want to accept returnee Christians.

 

JCFN staff
Shiori Kisangala

Event Info Useful for Returnees April, 2024

Event Info Useful for Returnees

April, 2024

◎Southern Kanto Small Groups (Japan)
Yokohama plus SG: Every Tuesday 20:00 (female only, 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

◎Tsu-Na-Gu (Japan, online)
Gathering for returnees in 20s in Chugoku area
Tuesday, April 9th, 23rd 20:00〜
Let’s read together the Gospel of Luke.
Contact: JCFN Japan Office: nihon@jcfn.org

◎GiFT・Spring Event (Japan, Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, April 6th 14:00〜17:00
Content: Praise, testimony, sharing on future GiFT, fellowship
Location: Mustard Seed at Ochanomizu Christian Center Room 306
Things to bring: Dinner and Drink
No need for registration
instagram

◎Re-Conn: Returnee Cafe (Japan, Tokyo)
Time: Saturday, April 6th 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.

◎JCFN Japan Online Prayer Meeting V.OCHAHOP〜 (Japan, online)
Time: Saturday, April 13th 10:00〜11:00
facebook Event page
Zoom link

◎Inspa prayer meeting (Japan, online)
Sunday, April 14th, 20:00~20:30 (30 minutes only) (Every 3rd Sunday)
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.

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

◎JxJ (North America, Seattle, WA)
Saturday, April 20th 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, April 27th, 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.

◎”Understanding Returnee Christians” Seminar (Aichi, Japan)
Time: April 29th 13:00~16:00
Location: Christ Bible Institue (CBI)
Admission is free, but registration is required due to the capacity of the venue (up to 60 people).
Register at https://bit.ly/4bJJUDA.

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.

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