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First church for Japanese immigrants in Brazil.

The Anglican community of Registro, SP, was founded in 1923, under the missionary work of João Yasoji Ito in the Japanese colony of Manga Larga. As the time passed, all the immigrants were converted and built the All Saints Chapel, in 1929.

All the resources, financial, human and material, for the building were raised in th community itself. The wood for the beams, doors and windows were taken from the property of the members, as well as the material for the walls and roof tiles. Only the glass panes and metals were bought.

Using a technique that doesn’t need nails, the immigrants themselves built every part of the chapel, with an architectonic style reminiscent of Japanese temples. All the members took part in the building work, some in the culling and cutting of timber, others in the painting, carpentry or even in the preparation of community meals.

Nowadays, the Church of Cristo Rei, in the city center of Registro/SP, concentrates the majority of the community activities, that moved largely to the city. However, the Chapel of All Saints is still active, with monthly celebrations and special events. Its state of conservation is a witness to the care dispensed by generations of Anglicans that contributed to enrich the diversity of Brazilian Anglicanism.

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