Si-Cheng Church, the oldest Christian Church in Hangzhou, located at No.132 Jie-fang Road, has a history of 100 years. Its denominational background is the Northern Presbytery of America. In 1859, an American couple, Ni Wei-Si came to Hangzhou for the first time to do missionary work in Si-Cheng Church. In 1868, a Chinese minister, Zhang Cheng-Zhai, rented a house as a worship place in Pi-shi Lane. In 1872, they bought a house with three rooms near Fengle Bridge to be used as a place of worship. In 1924, when the number of Christians was increasing, a new church building was set up in the original place and the church was completed in 1927. The total cost reached 60 thousand Yuan. In memory of the first Chinese minister, Zhang Cheng-Zhai, the church was named “Si-Cheng Church”. The first appointed minister was Fan Guang-Rong.
Si-Cheng Church was built in symmetric pattern with an old Chinese style of eaves, brick walls, wooden beams in the shape of a cross. On the first floor, there is a baptismal font near the platform and the main worship area is on the second floor. The third floor was built in gallery format with classical Chinese garden windows. During the Cultural Revolution, the church was occupied by Hangzhou Library as a warehouse. In 1981, according to the Religious Policy, Si-Cheng Church was reopened and a ceremony was held on 30th of August. After that, Sun Shi-Pei, Zhang Xiao-Fa were appointed ministers. The numbers of Christians are about 5000. Except Sunday Services，there are more than 50 Serve Teams , Youth Meetings, Bible Studies Prayer meetings, Inquirers’ Classes, Choir and Band Rehearsals , English Salon etc. Besides the various activities, the church also witnesses numerous wedding ceremonies as well as funeral services. Every first Sunday of the month, we have Holy Communion, and Baptisms are held two times a year. At present the management committee is made up of 6 pastors, 5 presbyters and 20 committee members. We are trying to perform our tasks by adhering to the purposes of trusting in God, longing for Christ and believing in the power of Holy spirit, with one heart and fellowship in the Gospels. The 7 objectives in Si-Cheng Church are the following: promote Christianity, worship and praise, group meeting, committed to the church, serve the team, cultivation of leaders and love of neighbour.
Hangzhou is a famous city of our country for sceneries and travels. Numerous tourists all over the country and visitors from overseas come here the whole year round. Si-Cheng Church is an important venue for religious activities .Its building style, cultural connotation of religion will provide the value and significance for spreading Christianity with Chinese characteristics. This church will also play an important role in setting up harmony and promoting the policy of religious freedom.