Entering the 21st century people's life faces tremendous clashes: economic fluctuations, fast growing information technology, changes in work mode and education mode, changes in family structure, lower moral standard, more mental health problems and so forth. For those who struggle to uphold Christian values, stresses would even be greater. It is thus urgent for Christians to acquire skills to cope with these clashes in life.
In response to the enormous needs for social service within the Christian community in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Christian Service recently started the "Service Project for the Church". It is a new service aimed to build partnership with churches.
Services are provided directly in the churches for their congregations. These include talks on specific topics for Christians, trainings for pastors and church leaders, and social service programs tailored to the specific needs of individual churches for fellowships and Sunday schools.
Two series of talk on church youth services (for youth workers) and on effective upbringing of teenagers (for concerned parents) were the first tailor-made programs. They started in February and March 2001. Programs for parents and toddlers, and on mental health will be coming in later months.