Beijing Worship Guide
Due to government regulations, certain worship venues are only open to foreign passport holders. Chinese nationals are not allowed to participate in worship services held by foreign entities, therefore, passports/foreign IDs are checked at the door as part of these government regulations.
Beijing International Christian Fellowship (BICF)
2/F, 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Sanyuanqiao
Office open Mon-Fri 11am – 5pm; Sun 9:30am-12:00am
The largest interdenominational congregation in Beijing, this church offers regular services in English, Mandarin, and six other languages. Ministry teams and youth groups make this massive church feel like a family. Services are held in several locations throughout the city. The main service is held at the 21st Century Theater. For service and location times as well as services in other languages, see the website. Services like counseling also available. Open to foreign passport holders only.
Congregation of the Good Shepherd
3/F Meeting Room, Capital Mansion Athletic Club, 6 Xinyuan NanLu, Sanlitun
Down the street from the Kunlun Hotel and across the street from the Hua Du Hotel
Interdenominational congregation with traditionally structured worship. Meets Sunday mornings at 10 am at the Capital Club Athletic Center. Choir practice is at 9 am, and following services there is a fellowship gathering and coffee hour. In accordance with PRC law, only foreign passport holders are allowed to attend services and meetings.
River of Grace Church
2/F, Great Hotel, 1 Zuojiazhuang Lu, Dongzhimen
A multinational community of believers with ministries geared to both singles and families, women’s, men’s and kid’s ministries, outreach programs for the poor and needy, and worship services each Sunday. Check the website for service times. Services open only to foreign passport holders.
Capital Community Congregation
#1 Shun Huang Rd. Chaoyang District
A Christian congregation of about 300 members serving the community of believers in Shunyi. In addition to regular Sunday services, offers a wide variety of classes and groups for kids and adults of all ages seeking to better understand their faith or connect with other believers in Beijing. Check the website for service times.
The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
141 Qianmen Dajie, near the Line 2 subway stop at Xuanwumen.
Commonly known as South Church (Nantang Church), this government-run Catholic church is home to Beijing’s bishop. Sunday Masses are 6 a.m. (Latin), 7 and 8 a.m. (Chinese), and 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (English). Call to confirm service times.
Chabad Lubavitch of Beijing Chabad
F1 Kings Garden Villa, 18 Xiaoyun Lu, Sanyuanqiao
(8470-8238 ext 200) http://www.chabadbeijing.com
This group caters to the religious needs of the more than 800 Jews living in Beijing and the thousands passing through each year with services like classes for both children and adults, Hebrew school, monthly women’s Rosh Chodesh groups, Bar and Bat Mitzvah lessons and activities for the Jewish holidays.
Kehillat Beijing International Jewish Community
6 Xinyuan Nanli, Sanlitun 3/F Capital Club Athletic Center (Behind Capital Club Main Building)
Open Regular Shabbat Friday Nights and Holidays
This Jewish community extends an open invitation to anyone wanting to participate in a night of Jewish prayer and meals. Services are Reconstructionist, but Jews of any persuasion are welcome. There’s also a Hebrew school for those looking to foster the little one’s connection to their Jewish faith.
18 Niujie, Xuanwu
This 6000 sq. meter mosque is the city’s largest and oldest. The prayer hall and other areas are restricted to Muslims only, but visitors can tour and observe the convergence of Chinese and Islamic influences. Shorts and skirts are not allowed.