News from Christ Church

Fr. Simon together with his wife Sarah and son John

New Chaplain for Yokohama

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Rector for the English speaking congregation at Christ Church and Chaplain for the Mission to Seafarers. 
Fr. Simon Chullai Ro will be joining us in June together with his wife Sarah. Fr. Simon, aged 56 comes from South Korea and has been the MTS Chaplain for the Port of Busan since 2002. He has also served as assistant chaplain at the University of Cardiff in Wales for four years whilst studying for his Doctorate. Fr. Simon began his academic career obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering in Seoul. He has since obtained two Masters Degrees from Sungkonghoe & Cardiff universities. His wife Sarah is an art teacher for children and their adult son John is currently living in Europe.
Fr. Simon & Sarah are very excited about the prospect of coming to Yokohama and look forward very much to meeting the congregation at Christ Church. Among Fr. Simon's interests he includes tennis and exploring historic sites. We look forward to giving them both a warm welcome to our Church family.

Service Times

The schedule of services at Christ Church is as follows: 
  • Sunday 29th April - 9.30am English Eucharist
  • Sunday 6th May - 11.00am Joint Eucharist with the Japanese congregation
  • Sunday 6th May - 6.00pm Choral Evensong & farewell to Fr. Andrew
  • Sunday 13th May - 9.30am Morning Prayer
  • Sunday 20th May - 9.30am Morning Prayer
  • Sunday 27th May - 9.30am Morning Prayer
  • Sunday 3rd June - 9.30am English Eucharist


Our Rector, Fr Andrew Dangerfield will be leaving Yokohama to take up a new post with the Mission to Seafarers in the Middle East later this year. Fr. Andrew came to Christ Church in August 2012 and has enjoyed almost six years as our priest. He spoke at Church about his time here and what a fantastic place Christ Church is. His final Sunday at Church will be Sunday 6th May after which he will prepare to move to begin his new assignment in the Red Sea port of Aqaba in August. 

There will be an opportunity to say farewell to Father Andrew at a special service of Choral Evensong on Sunday 6th May at 6.00pm followed by a 'bring'n'share' party in the Church hall. We would welcome your help on the day by bringing some food to share and general help with the set-up of the hall.

Sunday School

Children of all ages are welcome at Christ Church! 

For more information of Sunday school activities please contact Audrey Brown

Church Flowers and Cleaning 

YCC continues to provide flowers, normally for the 1st Sunday of the month, subject to Yamate Sei Ko Kai events and schedule. Contact Noriko Hasegawa if you would donate flowers on a future date.

Since we are a small congregation, YSK do not expect us to join the regular roster for cleaning but we did pledge full support twice a year, at which time please lend your support; many hands make light work and a couple of hours will be much appreciated. 

Making Music ~ Praising God!

If you would like to contribute to the music ministry here at Christ Church please send us a message through the contact page. You can sign up to our weekly email that includes the hymns for the coming Sunday. We welcome all instruments, so long as you're prepared to turn up for the practice on Sundays at 9am.

YCC Groups

Christ Church has a low-traffic Yahoo Group mostly used for announcements and discussion of upcoming events.

John Berg's memoirs 

We are pleased to have copies of John Berg's memoirs available at Christ Church. Entitled 'One More Step' the book offers a fascinating insight into his journey thus far. If you want a copy, they're available in the Rectory during coffee hour. A donation to cover the printing costs is requested - ¥500