SENIOR PASTORS’ STATEMENT
26 March 2020
I thought I’d like to spend some time just giving you an update on how we are responding to this entire COVID-19 situation. As you know, this situation is affecting the entire world. So, we are in this together, and I believe we will get through it together.
We’re very thankful for the government and all the different measures that have been rolled out. I think it’s very helpful and we are doing our best to work together with them to make sure that we do our part.
Our Responsibility & Our Faithfulness
Now, I just want to quickly share with you how we are responding to this. I mean, two important things that have been on our hearts are:
1. We believe that we have a Social Responsibility
We have a responsibility to all of you, our congregation. We have a responsibility to our community, whether it’s here, Marine Parade, or over there at Bukit Merah. And we have a responsibility to our country. See, we must think of what’s best for all of you, to watch out for your safety and your well-being. We must also ensure that whatever we do here at our premises does not put the immediate community at any risk. And of course, we must do our part to stop the further spread of this virus in our nation and around the world.
2. We must also be mindful of Faithfulness
We are called to be faithful to God, and faithful to the works He has called us to do. With that, I’m very pleased to bring us a report that we’ve still been carrying on with our XFXZ over the last few weeks, and through that, we’ve seen an average of 660 guests attending every single week. And out of that, 151 have responded with a decision, with several of them actually wanting to get baptised already. I mean, this is truly amazing and we are just amazed at how God is moving. Other than that, our missionaries out in the field are continuing to be faithful as well. Our missionaries in Timor Leste and our missionaries in Japan are continuing God’s work there. We are in constant contact with them. They are doing well and they are well looked after wherever they are. So, I just want to give us these few updates.
Steps Taken So Far
Now, along with that, we have been taking several steps since February, and I just want to give us a rundown of what these things are. Well, since February, we’ve introduced various measures,
1. The suspension of all on-site services,
2. Moving our Prayer Tower off-site through the night,
3. The implementation of a business continuity plan for our staff team,
4. Social distancing measures that apply to the entire church.
Social Distancing Measures
Now, I want to spend some time talking about these social distancing measures because we do need your cooperation to make sure that this is something that is effective. Now, over the last few weeks, we’ve been implementing some levels of restriction on FCBC congregants who have had contact with:
1. Confirmed COVID-19 patient(s),
2. Suspected COVID-19 patient(s),
3. People who are on Quarantine Orders or Stay-Home Notices,
4. People who have been in contact with other people who fall within these three categories.
Now, some of you have already been a part of this process, where if you fall in any of these categories here, what we’ve done is that we’ve taken measures to restrict you from going for FCBC activities, whether it’s a cell group meeting or even a one-to-one personal meeting with other FCBC members. We’re very thankful for all your cooperation so far because that has made this effective and we are just trying to do our part to make sure that this virus does not spread any further. So, even right now, if you do find yourself in similar situations as these various categories here, please do highlight it to your leaders and your Team Pastors so that we can work together on this.
Now, where do we go from here? Well, moving forward, the authorities have been in constant communication and contact with us, and they have said that this is a very dynamic situation and it requires a very dynamic response. Over the past few weeks, I’m sure you all know many different advisories have gone out and I do believe more advisories will still be coming out in the coming weeks. We are doing our utmost best to work together with the authorities on these, so that we as a church are doing our part.
Now, among all the things that they’ve shared, I think we do need to take back three main considerations that they are telling us. Now, these three main considerations are for us to:
1. Reduce density.
This refers to decreasing the number of people at all activities, and also ensuring that there are adequate distancing measures.
2. We are also to lower intensity.
This refers to changing the way we run our activities. For example, avoid singing as a group or avoid sharing food and utensils whenever we do come together.
3. We are also to shorten duration.
This refers to not prolonging our activities unnecessarily. So, these are the three main considerations that they’ve shared with us.
And right now, I want to give to you all our updated FCBC measures for this season ahead. There are four things that I want to share with us right now.
1. Services will continue to be live-streamed only.
2. Cell meetings are to go online, or to suspend.
3. XFXZ meetings, similarly, are to go online as well, or they are to suspend.
4. Our Prayer Tower will go fully off-site.
That means regardless of morning, day, afternoon, night, whatever it is, it will all be off-site.
Now, these measures will carry on until the end of April, in line with the various advisories given out by the authorities. Now, I do know that many of you, you would have questions on this. Well, in the next few days, we will be releasing more details and some guides and resources for everyone. For example, how to have an online cell meeting, how we can use the various tools and resources that are available to us, and so on. So, we will try and cover as many of these questions as possible. But if you do have any other questions, do feel free to speak to your respective leaders and Team Pastors.
And as always, for the most recent updates, please go on to our COVID-19 web portal (www.fcbc.org.sg/covid-19) or check out our various social media channels because that’s where we’re releasing the latest news.
Now, as I close this time of sharing, I want to let all of you know what’s on Serene’s and my heart. Throughout this whole situation, our aim is to do what we believe honours God, protects the church, and serves the nation. You know, like I said, these really are interesting times that we’re living in, and God is definitely moving through all this. But, perhaps God is really trying to move each and every one of us. He’s moving the church. He’s moving you. He’s moving me. See, in these past few weeks, church as we know it has changed significantly. But know this, God’s heart has not. See, the church is not just the building. The church has always been a people, a passionate people united behind God’s sovereign purpose. See, services may be suspended, but community isn’t. Meeting up may no longer be an option, but checking in on a friend always is. Outreach programmes may be halted, but God’s message of hope is on the move.
Now, this time right here, this season we’re in, more than ever, right now, this is the time for the church to rise up. We must be the church, and not just focus on going to church. See, the further we get torn apart, the more we need to stick together. So, let’s help each other out. Let’s adapt. Let’s do our part. And I pray that God will lead us through this season.
So, may the Lord bless each and every one of you, and may the Lord use you to be a blessing to whoever you encounter.
15 February 2020
In view of the latest developments related to COVID-19, we would like to make 2 important announcements relating to our activities this weekend (15 & 16 February). These decisions were made after much prayer and deliberation, and were what we felt was best for the church and the community during this time.
1) Temporary Suspension of All On-site Services this Weekend
2) Postponement of LifeClasses to a Later Date
We would like to assure everyone that these measures have been implemented not out of fear, but a desire to be socially responsible. As we shared last weekend, our intention was never to shut down the church indefinitely or cease all church activities. In fact, this is the time when the church should shine brighter than ever by being exemplary in our response. We do have a duty to do our part to prevent the further spread of this virus.
The spike in the number of confirmed cases this past week in various places such as Marina Bay Financial Centre and Grace Assembly of God got our attention. This sudden increase caused us to relook and review all our current measures as members of our congregation may have possibly been in some level of contact with affected people. By temporarily suspending our on-site services this weekend, we can better strengthen our measures and ensure that something robust is in place.
Although our on-site services are suspended for the weekend, our livestreams will proceed as usual during our regular service timings. What we are now presented with here is an opportunity. For the first time ever, our church will be attending service together in spirit while being physically in our own homes and neighbourhoods with our families or cell groups. This is a great moment for us to usher in the presence and glory of God into our homes and communities, and consecrate them for the Lord.
We’re reminded of Exodus 12 when the plague struck the land. The people of God were told to remain in their homes to consecrate themselves and their households, as well as commemorate what God has done and will do. This weekend, we’re going to be doing 2 different things during our livestreams.
First, we will have a time of consecrating our lives and our households. God is Jehovah Nissi, our banner. Let’s raise Him as our banner and remember that He is with us and will never forsake us.
Second, we will end off our services by all of us going out to our immediate neighbourhoods to pray and walk the area. This could be the floor you’re on, your void deck, your block, your street, and so on. We want to challenge everyone to be a blessing to our communities by remembering our neighbourhoods in prayer. Prayer walks have always been something powerful as it gives us the opportunity to pray on-site with insight.
Church, despite all that is going on, we’re excited about this weekend. While we may not be together in a single location, we will still be together in spirit. And more than that, we will be sent out to love Singapore together as well. Let’s rise up to shine for Christ and bring hope to our land!
Pastors Daniel & Serene
7 February 2020
After much deliberation and planning, we would like to inform everyone of added precautionary measures that our church will be implementing. Please take note of the following:
1. NO GKIDZ, YOUTH, SPM, MINT, & HOKKIEN SERVICES
In line with our government's direction to take a more cautious stance in relation to large gatherings for vulnerable groups, there will be no GKidz, Youth, SPM, Mint, and Hokkien services this weekend. We are temporarily putting a hold to these services and will review the situation again before the next weekend.
2. ENGLISH & CHINESE SERVICES
Our regular English and Chinese services on Saturday and Sunday will carry on at TC, Suntec, and GT with a few additions:
2a. LIVESTREAMING OF SERVICES
Given that those of us who are unwell have been advised to stay at home, we will be providing a livestream of our services during regular service times on our YouTube channel.
If you or your loved ones are unwell, do stay home and rest but make it a point to join our services online.
2b. BILINGUAL CHINESE SERVICE (Mandarin & Hokkien)
Since there is no Hokkien service on Saturday, our Sunday Chinese service will be translated into Hokkien as well. This is to ensure that our Hokkien cell groups are able to come together and receive God's word.
3. PRAYER TOWER OPERATING HOURS
Given the current situation, we want to ensure that everyone gets sufficient rest and stays healthy.
As such, our Prayer Tower will only be in operation from 8AM to 10PM. This will help in two ways:
Firstly, our members are able to have more rest and thus keep their immune systems up. Secondly, this also allows us to ensure that the Prayer Tower itself is better cleaned to prevent any spread of viruses.
However, we must stress that prayer should and must continue during such times. While the Prayer Tower itself is closed through the night, prayer slots will continue as assigned with cell groups and members praying from their respective homes.
These are all the updates we have for now. We as a church must do our part to prevent the spread of this virus, and these precautionary measures are some simple ways we can help.
But for those of us who are well, we do want to challenge you to continue attending services and not give in to fear.
As mentioned earlier this week, our responsibility as Christians is not just a social one. We have a spiritual responsibility as well to be praying and interceding over this entire situation. Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities.
So, we must step up and speak hope into this situation. We must step up and sow seeds of faith, not fear. We must step up to be salt and light of the world.
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” - Psalm 91:1-2
Pastors Daniel & Serene
5 February 2020
In view of the latest developments on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to inform and assure everyone that our staff team is working hard behind the scenes to review the situation.
Our review includes:
1. The running of all weekend services,
(English / Mandarin / Hokkien / Youth / SPM / GKidz)
2. Overall cleanliness and hygiene practices for staff and volunteers,
3. Overall cleanliness of all facilities.
We will provide further updates on how our church will be facing the current situation in the next couple of days.
During this time, we as Christians should be an example to follow. We must be socially responsible in our response, and that includes not succumbing to fear.
Where there is panic, we should find peace in God; when fear is rampant, our faith should arise.
So, let's commit ourselves to the following:
2. Being Responsible
3. Looking Out for One Another
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord.” - Psalm 20:7
Pastors Daniel & Serene
30 January 2020
As the world faces a new challenge in the form of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to do what we can as a church to help prevent its spread.
Regardless of what may be happening around us, know this – our hope is in Christ alone. Let us remember the words of Jeremiah found in Lamentations 3:19-24:
“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!’”
May you always place your hope in God, and may His peace rest upon your heart.
Pastors Daniel & Serene
Church Services & Events
- All on-site services will remain temporarily suspended, until further notice
- All cells and XFXZ meetings will be moved online, or be temporarily suspended
- Prayer Tower will be moved fully off-site
- All baptism services and classes will be temporarily suspended
Stay Home if
- You’re unwell with cough, runny nose, fever of 37.5°C and above, or breathlessness
- You’ve travelled overseas in the past 14 days
- You’re on Quarantine Order (QO), Stay-Home Notice (SHN), or Leave of Absence (LOA)
- You’ve had close contact with someone on Quarantine Order (QO), Stay-Home Notice (SHN), or Leave of Absence (LOA)
Observe Good Personal Hygiene
- Wash your hands with soap or use hand sanitiser
- Avoid sharing food, utensils and personal hygiene items
- Monitor yourself for flu symptoms and seek medical attention immediately if you’re unwell
- Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately
- Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or runny nose
YOUR SERVICE LIVESTREAM GUIDE
Joining a Service Livestream
- Livestreams will be at our regular English and Chinese service timings, on our YouTube channel
- Delays may be experienced, depending on the internet connection and speed
- Tithes and offering can be given any time throughout the week
- During the livestream, “Scan & Pay” QR codes will also be shown, which you can use to give with your bank’s mobile app
For The Kids
- Children can use this template to help them follow the sermon
- Our GKidz Team will also be on the live chat to provide sermon pointers
YouTube Live Chat
- If you’re watching on a Smart TV, select the live chat icon to receive updates and sermon pointers from our team
- For invited guests or friends who’d like to respond, or know more about Christianity
- Gather with your family at the end of the livestream to bless your neighbourhood
- Please practice safe distancing as you bless your neighbourhood
- Parents can refer to this guide for tips on leading your children on a prayer walk
FCBC PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
We have implemented the following precautionary measures in view of our government’s advisories, and to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19:
TEMPERATURE SCREENING AND DECLARATION
- 100% temperature screening and filling up of a declaration form are required at all church venues
SUSPENSION OF SERVICES
- All on-site services are temporarily suspended, until further notice
Livestreaming of English and Chinese Services
- English and Chinese services will be streamed live at youtube.com/fcbcsg
- Hokkien interpretation will be provided during Chinese service
- Prayer Tower will move fully off-site
- On-site Prayer Tower at Touch Centre will be temporarily suspended
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 4:6-7
We believe that God is in control of everything. So, don’t be anxious but keep placing your trust in Him. Meanwhile, here’s how you can be praying through this situation:
- A turnaround of the situation
- Wisdom over all officials handling the situation
- Protection over frontline healthcare team
- Healing for those quarantined or infected with the virus
- Good health and strong resistance over us and our loved ones
- Peace and calm across the nations
Here are some resources to keep our faith strengthened and challenged during this time: