We want to show God's love to all you internationals who either live in the Turku area or are just visiting here. Joining the church is a good way for you to get contacts with Finnish people and to get more easily adjusted to our country and to learn the language.
Here in the International Service (or otherwise called the International Friendship Group), we celebrate our socio-cultural diversity of 19 nationalities and still counting. This is who we are; we are united in Christ by faith through the practical expression of God’s agape love towards one another. This is a home for the new arrival and the internationally minded Finn.
We are connected in fellowship with our genetic father, God Almighty who created us in his own image according to Genesis 1:26a. “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…’ ”.
It follows that “in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Gal. 3: 26-29).
Revelation 7:9a “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb.”
And as we gather together to be renewed in the knowledge of our Creator, Colossians 3:11 clearly defines us: “Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”
Simply put “better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Ps. 84:10). You are warmly welcome to join us!
Sunday services at 11 am are interpreted into English every Sunday and into Spanish in most Sundays. If you need interpretation into another language (Russian, German, Swedish, Chinese...), please contact the International ministry team well in advance (interfamily_ths[at]yahoo[dot]fi).
International Friendship Group (IFG) Services
Twice a month on Sundays at 4 pm (usually the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month; check the dates from here) we invite you to meet the people of God from every nation in Turku. There is an encouraging message of Christ and songs in English in the service. After the meeting you can enjoy free tea/coffee and sandwiches etc. and fellowship with others. Sometimes we also have meetings with a special theme, e.g. a movie night or a Praise Party. God is good! Welcome! Please, contact: interfamily_ths[at]yahoo[dot]fi.
Services in Spanish language every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Contact: jorge.vega[at]turunhelluntaisrk.fi or 040-356 9034. See the Spanish website: Buenas Nuevas .
Cell groups in different languages
In case you are interested in attending an English, Spanish, Persian or Chinese language cell group, please ask more from: interfamily_ths[at]yahoo[dot]fi or call 041-536 3645 (the church office).
Big international celebrations
At least once a year we organize a big international celebration where all language groups come together to worship. After the exciting service we can taste different exotic dishes made by people from all around the world.
Camp and other activities
In summer camp we enjoy the Finnish nature in the Kupiluoto Camp Centre of the church and learn more about God and get to know each other better in a relaxed atmosphere. Sauna and swimming in the sea as well as frying sausages on the fire can be an unforgettable exotic experience for many.
We have also been on a boat trip to the island called Vepsä in the Turku archipelago.
In winter we can organize a downhill sliding afternoon e.g. in Hirvensalo or some other hilly nice place in Turku.
In 2010 we organised a gospel workshop with Ms. Shauntae Tobler from California/Germany.