Russian speaking Methodist ministry in Helsinki, Finland

Taavi Hollman

Some time ago pastor Artur Põld (pastor of Jõhvi UMC) had a vision to start Russian speaking Methodist ministry in Helsinki.

Some youth who grew up in Jõhvi UMC have moved to Finland some time ago. Some young adults have moved to Finland recently and thus there is already quite a group of Russian speaking Methodists in Helsinki.

Artur decided to take some concrete actions and in October they started officially as "Jõhvi UMC preaching point" in Helsinki. The services took place in Swedish-speaking UMC (Kristus Kyrkan). Once a month pastor Artur leads the communion there, other times lay people lead the services.

In February, 23 I visited them there in Helsinki, Finland. For a period of time they have to rent some other facilities due to the time conflict in Kristus Kyrkan (the only available time on Sunday was 6 pm which is little late for their worship).

This group of young adults are very mission-minded, in addition to worship services they want to reach youth and young adults and already are doing it.

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Taavi Hollman, District Superintendent of the UMC in Estonia
Photos by UMC in Estonia