Church of Singapore (COS) was established in 1963 as an independent charismatic local church. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Over the years, God has blessed us greatly. We presently have over 4,000 members worshipping in 15 different weekly Services. As a family church, our congregation is a diverse mix of young people and elderly folk from all walks of life.
Strengthening Our Family Church Loving God, Uniting Generations, Transforming Communities
“So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.” Eph 2:19
2020 was indeed a very challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives. It is the first time that we, as a generation, experienced lockdowns, social restrictions, travel curbs and all the anxiety brought about by the uncertainty of what lies ahead. During this time, our church premises were closed for several months and we had to adapt to meeting online for Worship Services, Life Groups (LGs) and other ministry activities.
As leaders, we were concerned that we would not be able to strengthen our family church during this disruptive season. But on the contrary, God’s greatness and mercy prevailed! Our members continued to give their tithes and offerings faithfully and generously, continued to attend Worship Services online and continued to connect with one another through online LG meetings and interest groups. This has enabled our church to give nearly $500,000 in relief funds to our mission points, needy church members, para organisations and community services such as Tung Ling Community Services, St Luke’s Hospital, St Luke’s Eldercare and St Luke’s Residence at Ang Mo Kio. We set up a Safe Sound Sleeping Place (an MSF initiative) in the church premises to provide temporary shelter for those in need, and assisted in the migrant worker community through food and mask distribution. Apart from financial aid, we also see many members actively reaching out to fill the needs in the community on a personal level – giving their time and effort to many good causes. To God be the glory!
As we look back at 2020, our family church was indeed being strengthened. Despite the pandemic, God’s steadfastness never changed - He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Though we continue to long for better days, we know that God is at work and has a better plan in store for each of us and for our church family.
As we prayed and sought God for a new direction in 2021, the leaders at the Leaders Planning Camp felt very strongly that God was leading us to a greater faith in Him. We are to place our hope in Christ and adopt a posture of thankfulness and gratitude as a church family so as to continue experiencing God’s presence and power. My dear brothers and sisters, there’s much to be done to strengthen our family church. Together, we will continue to do so in 2021 by focusing on: Loving God, Uniting Generations, Transforming Communities
To begin strengthening our family church, our lives must first be deeply rooted in Christ. Love and obedience to God must form the base principle through which all our actions are birthed. We must love God with all our heart, our soul, our strength and our mind. Without this, all of our efforts will be meaningless. Scripture also encourages us in Romans 12 that a healthy family church must experience and embrace the different spiritual gifts and wisdom that each generation brings to the family. All generations must connect well – we should not behave as if the church exists for just one generation. Members from different generations are to learn from one another, engage with each other and communicate love in our speech and actions. To quote an example, it was extremely heartwarming to see many older members of our church come forward to volunteer as media crew in order to take our Worship Services and church activities online.
They had to learn the “how-tos” from the younger generation and even take “instruction” on how to direct and shoot. It was amazing to see how the generations connected through this shared mission – resolving and reaching across generations. Once our family church is strengthened through our faith in God, and through our love for God unite across all generations, we can then go forth to transform the community. A church leader once wrote, “our community is not so much interested in what we believe today, but in what the church is doing to transform the society and the world so that justice and peace may prevail.” How apt and wise this statement is! Today, our society seeks to attain a healthy and godly lifestyle. As salt and light of this earth, we can offer what they seek as we point them to Christ.
The focal point of Christ’s commission to the church is to communicate the Good News of Christ – to call all men and women to repentance and faith, so that they can be baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It also involves imparting obedience in all that God has commanded, so that we will experience transformation in our physical, social and spiritual lives. Brothers and sisters, this year may pan out to be as challenging, or even tougher, than what 2020 has been. But no matter what lies ahead, we know that together as a family church, we can keep our focus on Christ, uniting within and across all generations, so that we can reach out and transform the community around us. Together in Christ, we are one. Together in Christ, we are overcomers!
To God Be the Glory!
Brother Foong Daw Ching
Chairman of Elder Board