I. The Church Background:
Aashish Presbyterian Church of Kathmandu is an extension of the Presbyterian Free Church Council (PFCC) established in Kalimpong, Darjeeling district, India formed after some leaders of old Scottish Presbyterian tradition separated from Church of North India (CNI), Kalimpong in 1973. We are one of the group of about 30 regular fellowships and Churches serving Christ’s Commission in Nepal.
In Aashish Presbyterian Church, we are a community of people of different socio-cultural backgrounds, in varied socio-economic situations, with families having children less than six years old to members over sixty years of age, supporting one another and growing in God whose Holy Spirit leads us to believe that His only Son, Jesus, saves us from being separated from God.
II. The Church Philosophy:
Aashish Presbyterian Church is one of the mainstream Trinitarian protestant churches in Nepal, where we celebrate and enjoy that we have been created by God in His own image! Despite its vicissitudes, life is worth living fully and in spite of the need, sufferings and pains that God allows on many of us, He loves us, always! God’s unfailing love of human beings and His unconditional Grace are just humbling for us all! The world that He has given us is beautiful but what we make of it is entirely ours. God gave us humans the wisdom but we humans abused it and many are still doing so. God’s sending of Jesus Christ, His only Son, to the world in order to forgive those who have sinned against Him and their own people by deviating from His commands is unique and unprecedented. While other religions claim to rid the world of sinners and punish them, our faith in Christ rids us of our sins and saves us from the punishment that we would suffer if He had not intervened! We do not know anyone who died for our sins except Jesus, the Christ, taking the punishment that we would have to bear if He did not do so for us.
III. Our Vision …
to be a community that …
Worships and glorifies God passionately,
Demonstrates the love and teachings of Jesus Christ,
Encourages everyone to accept the grace given by God to all through Jesus Christ, repents of one’s sins and follows the Holy Spirit,
Works for transformation of the human kind into a wholesome-being through a holistic attitude, behaviour and conduct,
Prays fervently and
Serves God faithfully.
IV. The Church Mission:
To expand the community of Christians rooted in the Bible, baptizing and making disciples of peoples as commanded by Jesus (Matthew 20: 18-19) and equipping and nurturing every member for glorifying God.
V. Our Attitude:
Let the word of Christ dwell in us richly as we teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as we sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in our hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16)
VI. Our Doctrinal Standards:
We take the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms as our standards subject to Bible. We take the Apostles’ Creed and the reformed Athanasian Creed, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort and the Heidelberg Catechism to help us express our faith and values.
VII. Our Beliefs:
God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as one God in three Persons.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Head of the Church, as the Saviour and Redeemer of the world who died for our sins, rose again and is in heaven and who will come back in glory to take us to heaven.
The Holy Spirit who dwells in all believers and sanctifies and empowers them for work and living.
The Gospel, which promises salvation and eternal life to all who truly repent and believe in Jesus Christ.
The whole of the Bible as the true Word of God, inspired and holy, providing the supreme standard of faith and living.
The Universal Church of Christ throughout all ages and in all places as God’s Body of which our Presbyterian Church is a member.
VIII. Our Plans (with Prayers):
Sharing the Gospel:
1.1 Individuals to Individuals
1.2 Individuals to House-fellowships
1.3 Individuals to Church Service
1.4 Individuals to Acceptance of Christ as the Saviour
1.5 Preparing believers for Baptism
2. A regular follow-up and nurturing of believers
3. Church to Neighbourhood: Door-to-door visits with the Message of Salvation and Redemption by Christian Endeavour (C. E.) for Friendship & Service
4. Weekly Open Church School (by C. E.) for youth, young adults and mature persons after Church Service.
5. One music-concert
6. Post-Monsoon Cleaning of public space before Dasain: September
7. Sharing Gospel-Raising Fund
8. Women’s Fellowship: one church service by the women for all
9. Children’s Fellowship: one children’s Service by the children.
10. Occasional Seminars: half-day seminars focusing on the Bible and Christ, subject of national importance and social issues that affect the Christians.
11. Sports: One game of friendly football match between two Christian teams: inviting non-Christians and sharing from the Bible.
12. Demonstrating Social Service: To support the needy or link them with those who can make their lives a little more hopeful in this world.
13. Within the Church:
13.1 Baptism Classes for Adults
13.2 Up-grading three house-fellowships into full-fledged regular fellowships by the year 2010.
13.3 One retreat for Pastor, Elders and fellowship leaders
IX. Relations/ interactions with other Christian organizations:
Our Pastor/ Elders support, assist or advice Nepal Presbyterian Alliance, Board of United Mission to Nepal, Scripture Union Nepal (SUN), TEACH Ministries, Nepal Christian Society, Nepal National Languages Preservation Institute, Nepal Bible Society, Nepal University Students’ Fellowship and FOCUS Nepal. We are also related with World’s Christian Endeavour Union through Christian Endeavour – Nepal. Our Pastor serves in the Executive Committee of Reformed Presbyterian Fellowship currently comprising of reformed Presbyterian Churches of India, Nepal and Bangladesh. We participate in seminars of local, national or international importance to learn and share our experiences.
X. Our Weekly Worship and Fellowships
Weekly Worship Services: Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.
Children’s Fellowships: Saturdays: 10.30 a.m. – 12.00 a.m.
Women’s Fellowships: Saturdays: 12.30 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Christian Endeavour (Youth) Fellowships/ Open Church School: Saturdays: 12.30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Weekly Prayer Meetings: Sundays: 6.30 a.m. - 7.30 a.m.
Weekly House Fellowships: Wednesdays at church members’ homes: 5.30 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Occasional Training for Leaders and Seminars on Christian Attitudes to contemporary issues
We will be happy if we can be of any assistance to you or be your partner in glorifying God in areas of mutual interest. Just give us a call, check our website or just come to our Church Service, House Fellowships, Church School or Prayer Meetings at your convenience.
XI. Our Needs:
Five hundred square meters of land to build a church building; the cost at March 2008 prices in Kathmandu is about Rs. 5, 000, 000 (US $ about 83, 000).
Rs. Seven thousand to have an evangelist and outreach activities every month.
Full Scholarship to send an Elder for M. Div studies.
A volunteer to assist us in our children’s fellowship teacher (Saturday Bible School for children).
We ask for your prayers and support. Please contact our Pastor or any Elder for more details on how you can help.
XII. Our Location:
From Thasikhel Chowk at Ring Road, Lalitpur look for sign going inside the Ring Road to Saraswati Bidya Mandir, check for Buddha Nirman Sewa site for making cement rings, 200 meters ahead you see a red building on your left next to a lane on your left. Ask for Christians’ praying house.
From Jawalakhel roundabout go to Manbhawan, pass the British-Gurkha camp, follow the road to AVM School, do not turn left or right, carry on ahead towards Ring Road, turn right at the first shrine, go ahead and turn to your first left, 50 meters, you see a red building on your right. Ask for Christians’ praying house!
Rev. Mahendra Bhattarai, Tel: (+977 1) 4271470, Cell: 9841 515578
Eld. Jeewan Pradhan, Cell: 9803 007707
Eld. Narbu Sherpa, Cell: 9841 503759