【October 2019 No.404】Odaka Church in Tohoku District Resumes Monthly Services

by Hoshina Takashi, pastor of Odaka Church, Tohoku District

The Sunday Worship Service at Odaka Church in Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture, which had been discontinued for eight years, ever since the Great East Japan Disaster and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant accident, was resumed at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, 2019. For a little over a year following the disaster, admittance had been denied to this forced evacuation area and there was no way to continue worship services there. The church has a kindergarten, but it is still closed, as there are no children in the town.


Every year since April 2012, after daytime access to the area was again permitted, a Christmas worship service has been conducted at the church. I am grateful that one of the believers comes back to his home in Odaka from the Iwaki City evacuation center in Fukushima Prefecture for this Christmas Worship Service and makes preparations for it each time. I am hoping this will not become a burden to him. The seventh Christmas Worship Service was held in December 2018.


A “Consultation to Consider the Future of Odaka Church,” sponsored by Tohoku District, was held at the church in September 2018 to deal with the issues it faces, which includes that of radioactive pollution. Hereafter, as a norm, we are hoping to observe a Sunday Worship Service at 3 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of every month. Especially as the church is in Tohoku District, its support is necessary, as is that of the churches of the northeast Fukushima and south Miyagi area. (Tr. RT)

From Kyodan Shinpo (The Kyodan Times) No. 4901・02






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