Welcome! We are Kaihin Makuhari Grace (Megumi) Church. Centered in Kaihin Makuhari of Chiba City, we are a multilingual, multicultural community from this area and around the world who come together in the presence of God, our Creator and Savior. We seek to hear His Word the Bible, care for each other, and live out the hope we have in Jesus Christ in our world.
Whoever you are, feel free to reach out to us. We welcome you, as God has welcomed us and invites you.
Praise the Lord, all nations! / Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us, / and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord! — Psalm 117 (ESV)
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” — Jesus Christ, Matthew 11:28-29 (ESV)
More about Us: Who We Are
The Bible is our foundation, and with the specific faith of the Reformed Protestants going back to the sixteenth century (and beyond), we seek to live for the Triune God and to enjoy Him. We particularly are a member of the Presbyterian Church in Japan with ties to the Presbyterian Church in America, and believe the Bible’s truths are most helpfully summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
We seek fellowship in a variety of ways (especially cell groups) and to keep sharing the Gospel–and living in light of its amazing grace.
Our church’s shepherding team (Session) includes Pastor Mark Bocanegra (missionary from the Presbyterian Church in America); Elders Kohta Aoki, Muneyasu Nasu, and Kiyofumi Oba; and (junior member) Evangelist Josiah Momose.
Past and Future
We started unofficially in 1999, when Pastor Yoshinobu Hirohashi and his family, standing on Isaiah 43:19’s promise, moved into the Makuhari Baytown neighborhood of Kaihin Makuhari, Chiba to prepare to plant a church. We started officially in May 2001 with the support of elders from other churches, and became independent in 2010. God has been with us caring for us each step of the way.
As for the future, our Vision Statement is that “Kaihin Makuhari Grace Church exists to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” We have eight core values expressed in our vision areas in which we seek to grow in this vision specifically: Worship, Prayer, Discipleship, Fellowship, Evangelism, Mercy, Transformation, and Reproducing (new churches).
More about Us: What We Do
At the center of our shared life is corporate (public) worship on Sundays, when we meet with God as His gathered people. We have Sunday school for children and their families, as well various cell groups where people study the Bible and pray for one another throughout the week. We seek to be a gathering for and welcoming all kinds of people.
May I join even if I do not understand Japanese? YES! Our services are normally in Japanese only, but we share English summaries of the sermons ahead of time each week with our English-speaking attendees.
We have BILINGUAL (Japanese/English) services each Fifth Sunday.
– Praise in English and Japanese
– Leading of worship in a mixture of English and Japanese
– Preaching in English with Japanese interpretation
We enjoy annual retreats and picnics and monthly Sunday afternoon large-group studies, but cell groups are one of the core activities we use to grow closer to each other and to grow in knowing God. One group meets in English now on Mondays. Please inquire if you are interested in it or in talking with someone in English (or Chinese, or Korean!) about our church.
Where to Find Us
If is is possible, please contact us before you visit us so we can help you get here and have a good experience.
We meet at:
Patios 20 (room number undisclosed; please inquire), Utase 3-chome 4, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi Japan
(Please contact us before visiting for the precise room number.) Please note: In February 2023, we moved one room over from where we had met for many years.
You can parallel park on the streets around this site, but be very careful not to park within 10 meters (33 feet) of any bus stop sign (even across the street from one is a no-parking area) or less than 5 meters (17 feet) from an intersection.