The Korean Church of Melbourne was founded in July 8th 1973, and was the first migrant
congregation established in Australia for Korean immigrants. Today it is the largest Korean church in Melbourne with more than 600 adult members, and Sunday schools that continue to grow in numbers. KCM celebrated their 50th anniversaryin their three worship services on Sunday 2nd July, and at Homecoming Day on Saturday, 29th July.
On Sunday 2nd July, Rev Anneke Oppewal together with Presbytery chairperson, Tom Spurling, were privileged to be among the more than 300 people who joined in one of the three services to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Korean Church of Melbourne (KCM).
Two weeks later, Homecoming Day was celebrated on Saturday, 29th July. This was a special occasion to honour God’s grace, and to welcome back home those who have
been part of KCM’s journey.
The 50th anniversary celebrations on 2nd July were the culmination of three days of Bible studies with Rev Jim Bob Park at a Bible Conference Movement event hosted by KCM. Rev Park is the Vice-President of Compassion Korea, a Christian, non-denominational organisation that began as a project to meet the needs of children in post-war Korea.
It now has offices in 14 countries, supporting Compassion Children’s Centers in 29
countries around the world.
Bible Conference Movement events are an important way in which Koreans gather to hear speakers sharing the Bible. Many people from the Melbourne Korean community attended the meetings on 30th June, 1st July and the three services on 2nd July.
The services on Sunday were conducted by Rev Han Song, with guest preacher Rev Jim Bob Park giving the final sermon of his Bible study series. Each of the three services had their own flavour, but reflected the way in which KCM continues to be a thriving church.
The 11am service was followed by a substantial lunch cooked on site, with our Presbytery Secretary, Anne Kim, expertly directing operations!