There are already four United Methodist congregations in Prague – three of them are Czech-speaking, one is English-speaking. Now a Russian-speaking church was added.
On Sunday, December 10, The United Methodist Church in the Czech Republic had the joy to welcome eleven new professing members and two kids to the newly established Russian-speaking UMC in Prague. This event took place at Prague 2 UMC, and among the people joining the celebration were Superintendent Petr Procházka and the pastors of the other four congregations in the capital of the Czech Republic (Prague 2, 9, 10 and English-speaking UMC). The worship service was led by Lev Shults, who was appointed as missionary pastor to the Russian-speaking group at the Annual Conference meeting 2017.
Besides welcoming the new members from different generations, a church council and a lay member of the Annual Conference were elected, as well. Currently, there are about 20 people joining the weekly Sunday services. However, given the fact that there are about 100’000 Russian-speaking people living in Prague, the leaders hope that the church will further develop and that there will be more members and friends soon.
The life of Russian-speaking UMC in Prague, which will officially start on January 1, 2018, does not only include worship services but also Bible studies and youth meetings.
Author: Martin Kukla, Prague / Urs Schweizer, Assistant to Bishop Patrick Streiff, Zurich