Events & News Archive
It has been almost two years since our denomination successfully carried out the mass registration exercise for each Presbyterian church to be a separate legal entity. Each of our 36 congregations is now a separate legal body registered directly with either the ROS (Registrar of Societies) as a society or ACRA (Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority) as a company.
Yet every local church is still an integral part of the denomination by virtue of their respective written allegiance and subscription to the Constitution of The Presbyterian Church in Singapore.
This is the distinctive uniqueness of our Presbyterian polity, whereby the Synod still facilitates communication among the Presbyteries and between Members, in all matters relating to the mission of the denomination. I have acrostically characterized the SYNOD as Separate Yet NOt Divisive.
Yes, we are each a separate legal entity but we need not be divisive. Yes, we may have differences of views on some ecclesial or socio-cultural issues but we can certainly learn to “agree to disagree” on the non-essentials but stay united on the non-negotiable gospel truth and common kingdom goals.
One of these is the redevelopment of the 999-year leasehold land (approx. 100,000 sqft) located at 116 Lorong J Telok Kurau. The two well-worn buildings (Blk J & Blk K) are currently being rented out as a student hostel (see pictures below).
As you probably realised, the land can be better optimised. Thus the delegates to the Synod AGM 2013, comprising your elected church representatives, had voted in favour of redeveloping our God-given land into a Presbyterian Hub.
The projected construction cost will be in the region of $45 million (see below Draft Architectural Design which is subject to changes by the authorities and architects).
The bulk of it will be provided upfront by four longterm lessees who had responded to the invitation via six separate letters sent out to all Presbyterian churches between November 2011 and October 2012 by the Presbyterian Hub Development (PHD) Committee.
While the majority of the construction cost is taken care of, we still need to raise additional funds to complete the project (including interior design, purchase of fixtures, furniture and equipment, as well as operation and maintenance costs).
Thus, we had planned three fundraising events for the Hub, one of which was already held last November (i.e. Presbyterian Run & Walk 2014). The other two would be the forthcoming Thanksgiving-cum-Fundraising Concert (TFC) on 27th November 2015 and the Presbyterian 135th Anniversary Celebration on 14th August 2016.
Since my Synod Sunday (12th July 2015) update, the Presbyterian Hub Development (PHD) Committee has been working hard on two pressing challenges:
I am aware that every church has its own needs and projects and thus your time may be tight and your resources strained. But imagine the impact it would create if all our 36 churches were involved in the project! Think about it: Nehemiah was able to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem in 52 days, not merely through his own commitment and perseverance but especially through the collective efforts of his united people and the intervening help of God.
My beloved yokefellows in the Gospel ministry, as we press on towards seeing our iconic Presbyterian Hub come to pass, I would like to reiterate that this Hub belongs to all 36 churches. Yes, this is OUR Presbyterian Hub! The Synod Office will be housed there, signifying the Hub as the Headquarters of The Presbyterian Church in Singapore. Moreover, it will serve our denomination and 36 member churches as a BEACON of light for the Lord, acrostically explained as follows:
B for Bible School & Boarding House
OUR Hub will also serve the Christian, as well as the wider local and overseas communities. OUR Hub is a clarion call for all 36 churches to unite our hearts in fulfilling God’s vision and purpose for our present and future generations.
Finally, it is my prayer and hope that you and your church will truly see yourself as an integral part of The Presbyterian Church in Singapore, an important member of the 20,000-strong Presbyterian Church, and above all, subscribing to the tenets of the S.Y.N.O.D. – Separate Yet NOt Divisive!
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