Although licences to hold Christian worship or build churches in Dubai are restricted, over the years, a large number of Christian congregations have grown up in the city – most of which are thriving. The United Christian Church of Dubai, an evangelical congregational church, is one such example. From small beginnings among the expatriate oil workers back in 1962, it has grown to a congregation well in excess of 1,000, from some 50 nationalities. Now meeting in a modern, purposebuilt, church complex, it has spearheaded the development of similar church plants in Abu-Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain. UCCD is not formally aligned with any denomination or international ministry organisation. However, it benefits from fellowship with churches and pastors throughout the world, especially in Arabia.
Another expanding congregation is Christ Church in the Jebal Ali district of Dubai. Christ Church recently held a double ordination, to enhance its ministry team. In the presence of the Minister of State for Tolerance, Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, highlighted the warm relationship and mutual respect which exists between the authorities in the UAE and the Anglican church. Opened in 2002, Christ Church has seen weekly attendance grow from approximately 40 people to more than 200. Over 40 different congregations worshiping in 16 different languages use the site.
A message on its website says: “We are open to new ideas and want to witness to the saving grace of God which we have found through Jesus Christ. We want to be part of the fabric of what makes Dubai good, drawing people closer to God and helping them to live well, alive to the Spirit of God.” The double ordination service comes as the construction of a giant new Anglican cathedral in nearby Abu Dhabi enters its final months. All Saints Anglican Church will have room for 4,200 worshippers following its completion in December this year.
Premier News; uccdubai.com
Bible Study: Daniel 7:13-14
DECEMBER PRAISE God for Gulf States allowing the presence of large Christian places of worship, which are growing as they serve diverse congregations in the area.