Welcome to the Chinese United Methodist Church, also known as “CUMC”. We are a church located in the Chinatown community of San Francisco. We are always happy to welcome new visitors and friends into our church!
We invite you to join us for one of our worship services on Sunday mornings. You can join our English or Cantonese speaking church congregations and fellowships.
Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our pastors or church staff if you have questions.
Who We Are
The Chinese United Methodist Church is located in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown. With a rich history of ministry of over 140 years in the community, the church continues to minister to new immigrants as well as second and third generation English-speaking Chinese. The four worship services reflect the diversity of the church community: English-speaking contemporary, Cantonese speaking contemporary, Children’s worship, Cantonese-speaking Traditional. For the past few years, the church is seeing an influx of English-speaking youth, Chinese-speaking young adults, and recent immigrant families with young children from mainland China.
The church seeks a balance of outreach and in-reach ministries. A yearly summer day camp allows the young people who serve as leaders to cultivate their leadership skills while reaching out to the children in the community. The Christian Education program consists of Sunday school classes from pre-K to senior adults and home Bible studies. Fellowship groups give support to senior adults, youth, and young adults. The music program consists of praise bands and choirs for children and adults. The location of the church offers a unique opportunity for ministry in the urban context and the challenge for the church is to remain open to the many people who come through its doors.
The Mission of our Church is based on the “Great Commission” as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (28:19-20).
Following the command of the “Great Commission,” “The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.” The missions of our congregation making disciples involves four-fold task:
Welcoming: We reach out to people, listen to them, accept them, share the gospel in word and deed, invite them into the family of faith and welcome them into the church and welcome them into the family of worshipping and loving community.
Worshipping: Through worshipping together, praying for one another, studying and learning together, we help each other to discover the purpose of God’s plan of our mission on earth.
Nurturing: We also nurture our brothers and sisters in the Christian Faith and help them practice Christ’s teaching of discipleship. We are grounded on the teaching of the scripture that the church exists not to be served but to serve. Through nurturing, we prepare ourselves to do the work of love and share his love in action in the community.
Sending: As loving community of faith, we believe that we are sent into the community to serve those in need. We truly believe that the Holy Spirit empowers and guide us to do these ministries. We also believe that wherever there’s need and suffering, Christ is already at work.