St.Timothy's Church

                   ANNOUNCEMENT


ST PAUL'S ANGLICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH, UMEDA - Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday Service of Holy Communion: 22 April at 4 pm
Rev John Berg
For other services in Engish during Holy Week, please contact the Kobe Mariners' Centre: 078-331-1696

2-30 Chaya-machi, Kitaku, Osaka
(Near Hankyu Umeda station) Tel: 06-6371-0170
For map in English, please see the website: www.nskk.org/osaka/church/paul/english.htm
For further info, contact Peter Mallett: peter@shoin.ac.jp
or John: 090 4284 6476

NIPPON SEI KO KAI (HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH IN JAPAN/ANGLICAN COMMUNION IN JAPAN) OSAKA DIOCESE


1859 First missionary from the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A.,later Bishop of Japan (Edo) : C.M.Williams.Worked in Osaka and Tokyo.

1868 First missionary of the Church Missionary Society (England) to Osaka area: the Venerable Archdeacon C.F.Warren.

1873 First missionary of The Society of the Propogation of the Gospel to Tokyo area.

1887 First General Synod of the Sei Ko Kai group in Japan was held in Osaka at Holy Trinity Church (the first daughter church of C.M.S.'s work in Osaka, Western Japan).Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Holy Catholic Church in Japan) was established and cacon law, etc., formulated.

1923 AN IMPORTANT YEAR - OSAKA DIOCESE WAS ESTABLISHED Osaka District was under the joint jurisdiction of two missionary bishops. One of these bishops had been sent to Japan as a C.M.S.missionary from England (Bishop Foss) and the other ( Bishop Tucker) was from the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. (P.E.C.U.S.A.).

Bishop Foss was the Bishop of Kobe, and the churches in Osaka under his jurisdiction included Holy Trinity, St.Andrew's, Jonan Christ Church, Amagasaki, St.Peter's, St.Mark's and Sei Ai. Poole Gakuin School (for girls) and Momoyama Gakuin School (for boys) being Anglican educational institutions, were also part of Osaka District and Bishop Foss had responsibility for them.

Bishop Tucker shared responsibility for Osaka District and the churches Included Christ Church (Kawaguchi); St.John's, St.Paul's, The Church of The Resurrection; St.Timothy's, as well as theAnglican maternity hospital, St.Barnabas'.

Both C.M.S. and P.E.C.U.S.A. groups agreed to establish a DIOCESE instead of a missionary district and to elect a native bishop.The Rector of Kawaguchi Christ Church, the Rev.John Y/Naide, was the first Japanese bishop to be elected. His election as Bishop of Osaka Diocese took place in 1923 at the first synod meeting.

DURING WORLD WAR II
Most of the churches in Osaka Diocese, as well as many in other dioceses, joined the United Church of Christ in Japan (Kirisuto Kyodan) but they continued to observe most of the Anglican traditions, e.g. use of the Prayer Book, Confirmation by a bishop, Holy Communion, etc..

1945 After the war, Nippon Sei Ko Kai was re-established and all the churches which had been part of Kirisuto Kyodan returned to the Nippon Sei Ko Kai.

THE PRESENT SITUATION IN OSAKA DIOCESE (as of February 12, 2009)
The present bishop, the Right Reverend Samuel Osamu Onishi, consecrated in September 2008, is the 7th Bishop of Osaka Diocese.

The diocese has 22 churches, 5 mission stations and a chapel. Altogether, there are 20 clergy: 1 bishop, 15 priests, 3 deacons,.and there will be 4 candidates for ordination from April.

Church membership consists of about 2,000 active communicants and additional 1,000 baptized members. Sunday Schools have a total of 500 pupils. Total attendance at a Sunday Service throughout the diocese averages 1,000. (The population of Osaka City is about 4 million; and Greater Osaka Area (Prefecture) has a population of about 8 million).

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS:
POOLE GAKUIN: Junior and Senior High Schools for girls; Junior College for women; University (co-educational)

ST.ANDREW'S (MOMOYAMA GAKUIN):Senior High School for boys; University (co-educational)

MEDICAL INSTITUTION:
St.Barnabas' Maternity Hospital
SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS:
Hakuaisha (Widely Loving Society) homes for children and the elderly
Toko Gakuen for children and the elderly St.John's Institute for orphaned children and the elderly
Sanko Juku (Nishinomiya) Institute for children

KINDERGARTENS:
Aiko Kindergarten, Ashiya
Hakuaisha Kindergarten
St.Michael's Nursery School

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From "A Brief History of Osaka Diocese" compiled in March 1997 by the Rev.John Yamane, Diocese of Osaka, Nippon Sei Ko Kai(updated Sep, 2007).,   Revised in February 2009 by the Rev. Akira Peter Iwaki.
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