Yongsan offers variety of religious services
June 30, 2011
SEOUL - Soldiers on Yongsan Garrison have a variety of religious services they can attend to explore their own personal connection to their Higher Power each week in the Yongsan area.
Staff Sgt. Eddy J. Nubine Sr., the Eighth Army Band Human Resources Manager and saxophone and clarinet player, his wife Patricia and their three children attend the Yoido Full Gospel Church on Yoido, an Island in Seoul much like New York’s Manhattan.
Nubine and Patricia have chosen to worship at Yoido Full Gospel Church, which is considered to be the biggest Christian church in the world.
There, they attend the 11 a.m. English service.
In addition to merely attending, Patricia sings on the praise team and Nubine plays his instruments on the praise team and serves as one of the ministers on the church staff.
Nubine said he attends the service “to get the cultural experience.”
“I can come out here and intermingle with the Korean community,” he said.
Patricia also expressed the importance of exposing their children to other cultures.
“It’s an awesome opportunity for them to experience other cultures and also just to see that God is so big yet He is the same in every culture,” said Patricia.
Yoido’s congregation is comprised of several different cultures, including worshipers from Africa, Canada, Europe and various Asian countries.
"The Yoido Full Gospel Church, Department of International Ministry is an international congregation, originally started by Yongsan Soldiers,” Stanley Gorczyca, one of Yoido’s officials said.
“It is a Pentecostal, English language based and youth oriented service, close to Yongsan, that welcomes Soldiers, DoD civilians and contractors, local nationals and their families,” he added.
Yoido Full Gospel Church is only one of the many worship experiences to be enjoyed in the Yongsan area.
Every Sunday, a distinctive variety of religious services are offered on post at Yongsan, including Liturgical, Traditional, Contemporary, Nondenominational, Gospel, Mission Pentecostal Hispana, United Pentecostal, Episcopal and Catholic Services.
There is also a KATUSA (Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army) service Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at Memorial Chapel.
On Fridays, Jewish services are held at the South Post Chapel at 7 p.m.
Seventh - day Adventist holds services at Brain Allgood Hospital at 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ray Rivera of Eighth Army Headquarters and his family choose the 8 a.m. Catholic service at South Post Chapel here on Yongsan for their worship experience.
Rivera, his wife Marabeth, and their four children were given a warm send off with prayers, handshakes and hugs by their fellow church members during their last Sunday before moving to Fort Benning, Ga.
“It’s been really good,” said Rivera of the Yongsan Catholic service, adding it has been “a home away from home.”
Rivera’s wife also enjoyed worshiping at the Catholic service.
“This is like another family for us,” Marabeth said. “This has been an amazing church for us.”