JGCF is the abbreviation for "Japan Gospel Choirs Fellowship". "that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.(1 John 1: 3) with Gospel as the theme verse, and we hope to deepen our connection with the people we met and with God.
The Secretariat members are composed mainly of transcultural ministers, seminaries, and lay leaders who are involved in communicating the gospel through gospel music. Gospel Choirs from all over Japan gathered together, praised together from the preparatory stage, cooperated with each other, loved and fellowshipped, and held six concerts in the past.
Past Japan Gospel Choirs Fellowship
[1st] May 18, 2002 @ Venue / Tama Citizen Hall
21 Choir participated.
Theme: "from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”(Ephesians 4:16)
[2nd] Oct 14, 2002 @ Venue / Machida Civic Hall
Five maskwire teams and six guest choir teams participated.
Theme: "Love" @ Jesus Loves Me!
[3rd] Sep 20, 2003 @ Venue / Lumiere Fuchu
Jonathan Grier & David Rhone were invited as guests. A mini workshop was also held. Three Mass Choir teams and 43 Choir teams participated.
Theme: The Highest Praise
that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(The rest is omitted.)Rome15:5-7
[4th] Sep 23, 2004 @ Venue / Parthenon Tama
Bishop Walter Hawkins was invited as a guest, with 5 Mass Choir teams and 72 Choir teams
Theme: What a Marvelous Thing You've Done!
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.(John 15:13)
[5th] Sep 18, 2006 @ Venue / Kawaguchi Lilia
Edwin Hawkins & his friends were invited. A 2-day workshop was also organized in advance. Five Mass Choir teams and 105 Choir teams participated.
Theme: Jesus Festival
Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good tidings.Who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts, Perform your vows.Nahum1:15
[6th] Sep 23, 2008 @ Venue / Well City Tokyo (Tokyo Welfare Pension Hall) Large Hall
Edwin Hawkins and Walter Hawkins, pioneers in the US gospel world, have been holding the Music & Arts Love Fellowship Conference for over 25 years to improve gospel music! Richard Smallwood from Music & Arts and more than 50 local choirs came together on a truly powerful stage!
Theme: For His GLOLY God's Glory
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.1Corinthians 10:31
[7th] 2010/9/23 @ Venue / Chofu Green Hall (big hall)
Gospel choirs gather from all over the country, mainly in the Tokyo Metropolitan area! Gospel festival with about 100 choirs!!
Theme: Love One Another
[8th] 2012/7/16 @ Venue / Iwaki Arios (big hall)
Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support Concert - Iwaki Gospel Festival 2012
Theme: I Want to Sing With You
[9th] 2013/6/15 @ Venue / Iwaki Arios (mid-size theater)
Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support Concert - Iwaki Gospel Festival 2013
Theme: I Want to Sing With You
[10th] 2015/5/4 @ Venue / Tokyo Metropolitan Hibiya Public Hall
Choirs from all over Japan gather! Gospel Choir in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai. A one-day-only special concert in which mass choirs were formed in various places, and hot gospel was sung in Tokyo!
Martha Munizzi(from USA) for the first time in Japan!
Theme: Because of Who You Are
[11th] 2018/3/21 @ Venue / Nerima Cultural Center(big hall)
Gospel Choirs from all over Japan, the United States and Korea!
Theme: Gather and Encourage