BFEC 2020 Church-wide Series: A New Song

As the global pandemic rages on, many remain fearful and disoriented by the prospect of mounting infections, job losses, social misery and political unrest. We are told these are part of the new normal.

As Christians, how are we coping? What do we trust in and hope for in a time such as this? The book of Psalms teaches God’s people to call and even cry out to Him, for true hope and assurance are found in the Lord alone.

It is thus timely that in this year’s BFEC Churchwide journey, we will explore a selection of psalms that give voice to our hopes and fears, and focus our hearts and minds where they ought – on God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, our only hope in life and death.

So join us on this journey as we pray and sing the Psalms together unto the Lord, for He is good and his steadfast love endures forever! In Christ, indeed, God has given us a new song!

DatePsalm and TitleSpeaker
4 OctPsalm 1 (Wisdom Psalm): No Two Ways About It  Deacon Jason Sin
11 OctPsalm 2 (Royal/Messianic psalm): Exalted One of God  Elder Jimmy Tan
18 OctPsalm 29 (Hymn of Worship): Whom will You Worship?  Elder Jonathan Cho
25 OctPsalm 32 (Penitential Psalm): Seeking the Blessedness of God’s Forgiveness  Elder Melville Szto
1 NovPsalm 85 (Corporate Lament): O Lord, How Long!  Elder Ernest Chew
8 NovPsalm 91 (Wisdom Psalm): Nesting in the Shelter of the Most High  Elder Caleb Chua Soon Boon
15 NovPsalm 103 (Hymn of praise/ thanksgiving): Giving Praise to His Unfailing Steadfast Love  Deacon Vincent Lim

Reopening for Worship Services from 4 Oct 2020

Gathering together to worship God is biblically and spiritually significant despite the current restrictions. It shows us what being church is about for we do not follow Christ in isolation but in community – be it gathering online for a season or physically now that we are allowed to do so.

After 6 months, we are reopening our premises for worship services from Sunday 4 October 2020. Even though the government has announced allowance for 100, we will start with one service, in English, for 50 attendees at 9.00 AM. Eventually, we may increase the number or open up more services.

The service for 50 will be LIVE streamed from our sanctuary each Sunday at 9am. (The link to the LIVE stream can be found at https://bfec.sg/sermons or by subscribing to our YouTube channel at https://bfec.sg/youtube or our Facebook page https://bfec.sg/facebook

Notice of 46th Annual General Meeting

华文 (go to Chinese translation)

Notice of 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM)

To all Baptised and Transferred-in Members

It is the privilege of members to participate in this AGM service not as a formal duty but as a time for celebration and mutual accountability. Our Lord is present even on AGM Sunday. In view of the COVID-19 situation, this AGM will be convened online: 

Date: Sunday 16 August 2020 
Part 1: 9.00 am – AGM Worship Service via usual platforms (Worship, Message, Lord’s Supper) 
Part 2: 10.00am – AGM continues on Live Zoom session (e.g. Reports, Accounts etc) 

To participate in the AGM is to affirm your membership to the BFEC family, for no church can function healthily without members affirming their regular participation in their local church. 

As such, Article 5 of our Articles of Association states: “All members of the church shall at such intervals and in such manner as may be required by the Church Council, affirm their membership failing which such members shall be transferred from the Register of members to a subsidiary register upon which their membership shall ipso facto be suspended, provided that the Church Council shall have the discretion to restore a person where a reasonable ex-planation has been given.” 

Let us make it our goal to affirm our membership once again at this AGM service. 

This year, the Elders are pleased to inform members of the following: 

  • Appointment of Advisory Elder: Roland Tan 
  • Appointment of new co-opted Elder: Derek Pang 
  • Election of New Deacons: Kelvin Ng and Joseph Oh 

Members, with the AGM conducted online, please check your email for: 

1. PRE-REGISTRATION: we need you to pre-register your attendance at the link indicated in your email by 8 August 2020

2. LINK TO THE ZOOM SESSION : this will be provided after you submit your pre-registration. 

3. LINK TO ONLINE COPIES: The Notice of Agenda of AGM, 2019 Annual Report & Audited Accounts and Minutes of the last AGM will be made available for viewing online. 

Updating Email and Mobile contact: However, if you did not receive the email, do ensure you update your email address and mobile contact with the church office at 96701800 immediately so that we can refurnish the links to you. 

Printed Copies: The aforesaid documents will be made available upon request (SMS or WhatsApp to 96701800). These may be collected through prior appointment made at BFEC church office between 27 July – 8 August (Mon – Fri), 3pm to 6pm only. 

Questions & Answers: With the time constraints of an online AGM and in the interest of giving opportunities for prayerfully-considered questions and answers, the Council invites members who have questions to submit them in writing to the Church Secretary. Email to seowcheng@bfec.org.sg by 8 Aug 2020. During the AGM, priority will be given to clarifications arising out of answers to these pre-submitted questions. 

I am confident the Lord will be pleased and all of us mutually blessed. 

Elder Alex Lo, Chairman, BFEC 


第46届常年大会布告

致受洗和转会进来的会员们:

我们不只为了履行教会会员的责任参加常年大会,这也是会员的特权;同时,常年大会也是大家一同欢庆和彼此交账的时刻。主也会在我们大会的主日与我们同在。因为疫情的缘故,我们这次的常年大会将在网上进行。

日期:2020年8月16日星期天
第一部: 上午9点 – 华语主日敬拜(如常通过YouTube频道进行)
第二部:上午 10点- 常年大会(AGM)通过Zoom直播(报告,财政等等)

参加常年大会是要肯定您在BFEC大家庭的会籍,一个教会需要会员们认真规定出席与参与教会的聚会,教会才能健康的运作。

根据我们的教会组织章程第5章:“凡属于福兰克福音堂会员有责任根据长执理事会的规定,如此时按时肯定自己的会员身份。除非有特殊原因,无法履行,否则将移到附属名册,暂停会员的身份。教会理事会可根据合理的解释来决定恢复会员的会籍”

让我们在这个常年大会聚会里再一次肯定我们自己的会籍。

今年,我们的长老团队要宣布: 

  • 委任 Roland Tan 为顾问长老
  • 委任 Derek Pang 为新任增选长老
  • 推选 Kelvin Ng and Joseph Oh为新执事

由于常年大会将通过上网进行,请确认您的邮件:

1. 预先登记注册 :我们需要您在2020年8月8日或之前预先登记注册您的出席 

2. ZOOM的链接:登记注册过后将会收到一个Zoom会议的链接说明

3. 网站文本的链接:大会议程,2019年度常年大会报告、财政审计和会议记录 (英文)将会提供给会员在网上阅读。

更新Email和手机联络号码:如果您没有收到任何邮件,请即刻通知教会您的更新Email或手机号码,我们就可以马上发出有关的链接给您。请简讯到9670 1800 通知教会。

影印本:如果需要大会有关的报告影印本,可SMS或Whatsapp 到96701800 预约时间到教堂办公室领取。领取文件时间:7月27日- 8月8日(星期一至星期五)下午3-6时。

问题解答:   由于上网的常年大会时间有限,为了提供更多机会可以回复会员所经过深思熟虑并祷告的提问,理事会邀请会员们若有提问,请在8月8日或之前,把提问以电邮方式,发给教会秘书seowcheng@bfec.org.sg

在大会进行中,这些预先呈上的事项将得到优先回复。

我相信主必喜悦,同时我们也必互相得到祝福。

主里,

​​

Elder Alex Lo, Chairman, BFEC

BFEC Online Sunday Service Guide

While we may not be able to meet physically for our worship services during the Covid-19 outbreak, we are still meeting together online on YouTube and Facebook.

We have our Sunday services posted at bfec.sg/sermons from 6am on Sunday morning and you may follow along with us at the usual 8am and 10am service times.

Here are some directions on how to have a meaningful and worshipful Sunday service in the sanctuary of your own home. See this infographic.

27 Mar 2020 Pastoral Note

27 Mar 2020

Dear Frankelites,

Further to our Pastoral Note on 25 Mar 2020, please note the following update following a dialogue session Elder Jim attended between Singapore church leaders and Minister Grace Fu, MCCY and MOH on 26 Mar 2020:

We have decided to also suspend all physical cell group gatherings .

Although cell groups within 10 are technically allowed, our sense is that it fulfils the ‘letter’ but not ‘spirit’ of the measure. Minister Grace Fu strongly urged church leaders to fully cooperate by encouraging our members not to gather physically in cells but to stay home, thereby significantly reducing the risks of further spread. These multiple “mini-lockdowns” (not just churches but in other centres) are to avoid a “full lockdown” which will have major ramifications/impact on the whole of Singapore.

Our decision:

1. No cell groups are to physically gather (even within limit of 10).

2. We will all participate in the worship service online on Sundays, as individuals or families.

3. We will all continue to gather as cells via teleconferencing platforms like ZOOM.

4. This applies to ALL cells and ministries – including those groups already smaller than 10 and all Youth Service groups. Also, no 1-on-1 face to face physical meetings and no informal cell group socials too.

These measures are necessary in the light of the critical time in the spread now and the facts about the nature of the virus. For example, the virus stays active 2-3 days outside the body on surfaces if not disinfected. Also the risk increases exponentially for those aged 60 and above.

In response:

● Let us fully cooperate and support the government & healthcare workers’ efforts.

● Let us worship & encourage each other from our homes through whatever way we can: phone calls (to seniors), text messages , meet via ZOOM , worship together online as a family (including your Christian domestic helper).

● Let us step up prayers to our great and faithful God to be merciful and heal our land as we come in humble repentance (2 Chronicles 7:14).

Shalom!

Elder Alex
Chairman, BFEC

PASTORAL NOTE ON COVID-19 FROM THE CHURCH COUNCIL (UPDATE 20 March 2020)

QUESTION 1: What if I or my family members are issued a Stay Home Notice (SHN), Quarantine Order (QO) or Leave of Absence (LOA)?

Being away from church but still connected

If you have directly received a QO or SHN from MOH ( MOH | News Highlights) OR if you fall under the LOA category of MOE pertaining to returning staff and students, (Press Releases), you must adhere to the relevant measures stipulated.

If you are a family member (not issued with any of these), you are not required to practice LOA. However, you may choose to do so as an additional precaution.

If you were not issued any SHN from the authorities but have recently returned from any country, we ask that you consider a 14-day self-imposed LOA.

When you are not attending church services, we encourage you to join us via live stream: bfec.org.sg/sermons

Who to inform first?

Fang Fang: fangfang.tan@bfec.org.sg / 6449 7047

Shirley: Shirleysoo@bfec.org.sg / 6449 7215

If you have received QO, LOA or SHN from MOH/MOE, please inform your church leaders via sister Tan Fang Fang or Shirley Soo.

Please do this FIRST before even informing any other church or cell member. We understand it can be a confusing experience for you or your family. We will help you navigate by extending guidance and prayer, so as to provide pastoral care and reduce undue alarm in others.

Visit this link for more info: Things to know if you’ve been issued a Stay-Home Notice https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/faqs

QUESTION 2: Given the call to practice social distancing (as a means to lower risk of transmission within our community), should cell groups continue to meet?

As long as we are not in Dorscon Red, there is no need for non-seniors to avoid meeting in small groups physically. While we have been clearly instructed to practice social distancing, we as a church must not forget our privilege to cultivate spiritual proximity. We must draw near to our Lord and stay abiding in Him. We are also to obey the scriptural injunction not to forsake regular fellowship.

At the present time, we urge cell groups, as far as practicable, not to stop gathering physically so long as adequate measures are put in place (e.g. sit apart, don’t extend meeting time, practice personal hygiene, etc).

Seniors, those unwell, or those on SHN, LOA, QO are encouraged, wherever possible, to be connected virtually to the group or each other (via Zoom, Google meet, Skype).

Cell leaders – Please consult your shepherd if you or your group has any query or concern.

QUESTION 3: With the current and anticipated spike in COVID-19 infection, will our church be making any revisions to the way we gather for worship services?

Government advisory to churches

In a recent meeting with church leaders, the Coordinating Minister advised against the blanket suspension of worship services. Only churches with contact with those infected need to suspend for disinfection. He added that it would serve little purpose in stopping the spread when the rest of society was still open. The main means of transmission is close contact with an infected person (through droplets picked up or via touching of surfaces).

MOH emphasizes the maintaining of safe distances and the limit of 250 per gathering in any social gathering (be it in church, at cell, when speaking with another in person).

Except for families, there must be a space of at least 1m between worshippers. We are also encouraged to reduce singing time (to reduce spreading of droplets) in favour of more public reading of the word.

In view of the above, and despite how other denominations/congregations may presently decide, we will prayerfully continue to participate in worship services in church each week for our usual services.

Option to meet as a cell on Sunday

From Sunday 29 March, while church services will continue, we will offer cells the opportunity to plan to gather in homes and join the church via live stream on Sunday.

Cells on steward-duty will still need to serve at the church service. Other cells that choose this option may choose to do this on every Sunday, on alternate weeks or on certain weeks each month.

To illustrate: If your cell wishes to meet this way, they can join in at 8am or 10am on Sunday, followed by a time of Bible Study discussion. So during this time, if your cell currently meets on a weeknight, you can opt to meet once like this on Sundays instead. Please discuss this with your cell leader. This is a suggestion and not mandatory.

If your cell chooses to gather this way, you will need to arrange for Lord’s Supper implements on your own (bread, juice, cups). For Offering, we encourage those meeting this way to give to the Lord regularly via cheque or the digital means (digital banking or paynow). Details to be provided.

If you would like to take the opportunity to be a part of a cell group now, please contact Shirley Soo (shirleysoo@bfec.org.sg) who will link you up with one of the cells that choose to meet this way.

Note: The Chinese Ministry service and Youth service will continue to gather as they do presently, with various internal safeguards already in place.

QUESTION 4: How about my children in KSS/JSS?

KSS/JSS will continue to meet in classes as they have been doing so. If your cell opts to worship at one of your member’s homes, you need to arrange within your cell for a time of devotion for the children present. To assist you, KSS and JSS will arrange for resources to be made available for your use. Please understand that this will take some time to arrange.

QUESTION 5: What if the situation comes when our church is told not to meet as a big group?

We pray that day does not come as it means we have had encountered an infection. In the event that the need does arise, we will live stream services during those Sundays. Further announcements will be given at such a time.

Church, let us continue to trust our Lord, do our part to practice good hygiene and social distancing while bearing in mind the privilege and need for spiritual proximity.

From the BFEC Church Council

Social Distancing Measures (issued on 14 March 2020)

ALL services and ministries:

Be seated more spaced/spread out. Maximum 2 or 3 people in a pew/row.

Stick to attending either 8am or 10am service (to reduce spread and limit contact tracing in view of community spread and anticipated spike).

We will endeavour to end the 8am, 10am and Chinese Ministry Services 20-30mins earlier so as to ensure reduced possibility of the intermingling of members between services.

Breakfast (after 8 am Service) and CafeLEAF (after 10 am Service) will be suspended from 22 March.

KSS & JSS ministries to follow the reduced service timing in tandem.

Update of Personal Particulars for contact tracing & pastoral care

Members are requested to provide your updated address/mobile/home telephone contacts.

Regular non-members to do so as well if you have yet to submit your particulars.

You can do so at the church office after Sun Service or email details to bfec@bfec.org.sg

Visitors: Please furnish your particulars before entering the Sanctuary. Fill up the hardcopy form outside the Annex or online form bfec.sg/trace