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How can YOU and the church respond to the "New Normal"
Jul 2020

12 July 2020 is the date of our annual Synod Sunday. Every year, the Synod allocates one Sunday to foster unity and to encourage communication among the Presbyterian churches.

In past tradition, on this particular day, pastors from various churches will engage in a "pulpit exchange", speaking in churches other than their own. However, due to the Covid-19 situation this year, the pulpit exchange has been unfortunately cancelled – but instead, we have decided to take a different approach.

Our Synod Sunday video will premiere on 12 July, and this year, we focus on the good community work done by some of our member churches. This will also be an introduction to a series of videos whereby we will introduce each church and their work, in the upcoming future.

There will still be a Second Collection to support our current Presbyterian Education Council (PEC) and Synod Mission Council (SMC) projects, and we prayerfully ask for your continual support for these ministries (more details below).

This Synod Sunday will be a little special as compared to previous ones, as the world faces an unprecedented crisis that has changed our normal way of life. In order to embrace these changes, especially in the context of being a Presbyterian in this times, the Synod has prepared to launch a few initiatives in lieu with Synod Sunday.

The New Normal Taskforce

To tackle some of the most pressing questions on how the church is to respond in midst of the crisis, a taskforce comprising of some of our most notable pastors has been brought together to discuss on the current issues.

On the English Presbytery team, is Rev Christopher Chia from Adam Road Presbyterian Church, Rev Darryl Chan from Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, Rev Dr Clive Chin from Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, Rev Peter Chan from All Saints Presbyterian Church and Bethany Presbyterian Church (English Congregation), and Rev Keith Lai from Covenant Presbyterian Church.

On the Chinese Presbytery team, is Rev Dr Phua Leong Cheng Michael from Changi Bethany Church, Rev Phua Chee Seng from Chen Li Presbyterian Church, Rev Dr Caleb Soo Lee Chong from Singapore Life Church, Rev Tan Tiong Ann from Jubilee Church and Rev Dr Li Hau Tiong (Advisor for the Community Outreach Ministry of The Presbyterian Church in Singapore).

Following the initial rounds of discussion with the taskforce, a forum for all pastors from our member churches will take place in the latter half of July. During the forums, the taskforce will be leading the discussion, and all pastors will be encouraged to participate to discuss the issues that they have faced, and on the possible solutions or good practices that have worked for them.

Survey for Church Members and Pastors

To better understand how church members are coping during this stay-home period of time, as well as challenges faced with worship services going online, we have prepared a short survey. The survey will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. We would like to invite all church members to participate in this survey, to find out more information for our churches to understand and administer to your concerns better.

Survey for Church Members

At the same time, we would like to also find out the challenges and concerns our pastors and church ministers are facing in this period of time, regarding ministry work. Your responses will also help kick off our New Normal discussions with all pastors, later this month.

The Survey link for Pastors is sent out via our July edition of Synod Monthly Update (email sent on 3 July), or you may drop us a message for the link to the survey.

Talk on Family Violence

As families find themselves confined in the same space for an extended time during the Circuit Breaker, while some family relationships have improved, there has also been an increased trend of tension between family members. Some of these tensions have even led to serious issues like family violence.

To respond to this issue, the Synod will be working together with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to present two talks, one in English and one in Mandarin, in the month of August. Our invited speakers will talk about how to look out for signs of family violence, avenues to seek help, as well as a Christian approach to this matter.

More details will be released closer to date on our website and social media accounts.

Synod Sunday Offering

As per every year, we humbly request for your continual and strong support in our missionary work and Presbyterian education projects. Some of the recent projects include our SMC Relief Work in Nepal in May, as well as further COVID-19 Relief Support for our family in Christ worldwide.

The methods of offering are as follows:

1) Via PayNow/Paylah!
  1. Scan the QR code using the PayNow/Paylah app;
  2. Or Save the QR code to your mobile device, then on the Scan QR Code page, press "Photo Library" and select the QR Code image;
  3. Or on the PayNow page, enter the UEN No. S61SS0155A001
  4. Please indicate your church's name in the 'Add comments to recipient' section.
2) Via Bank Transfer
  1. Make payment to DBS Acc No.: 014-019603-0
3) Via Cash Cheque
  1. Make cheque payable to "Synod-Presbyterian Church in Singapore" and mail it to 132 Sophia Road Singapore 228186


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