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Phase 2 is now here

This memo is updated on 17 June 2020.

Dear Church,

Phase 2 is almost here. Some of you have been awaiting this for a long time for various reasons. Your business may now be opened, or you may now finally be able to meet up with your family and friends. I thank each and every one of you for adhering to the government’s guidelines over all this challenging time. I pray that as we move into this new phase, we will continue to be socially responsible and continue to keep our focus on God’s vision and mission for our church.

The church has never closed

Though we discuss the reopening of the nation, know that the church has never been closed. In these 3 months, we have seen people come to receive Jesus as their Saviour, we have people being baptised in the Spirit over Zoom, we have worshipped in our own homes. We have grieved and rejoiced with our spiritual families in their times of sorrow and joy. No matter which phase we are in, we believe each will offer unique opportunities to show and share the love of Jesus.

Phase 2 – Let us be motivated on how we can share the gospel of Christ better!

Phase 2 means that we are now able to meet face to face in certain environments. And in this (and every) period, our vision and mission remain the same: Love Neighbours, Make Disciples, Plant Churches. In this unique time, more people are open to the gospel. We should go forth and spread the love of Christ more creatively instead of shrinking back. Whether we choose to meet physically or online, let our motivation be how can we serve and reach people as Christ would.

I know many of us long to meet. Let us gently remind each other to practise good personal hygiene and to be socially responsible. Let’s also love one another by being understanding and sensitive to others. If there are members in your group who choose to not meet in person, look for ways to include them when you do gather, such as through video conferencing. If you plan on visiting someone’s home, be considerate of your host’s home and family members.

A new normal – God is still and will always be with us!

As society cautiously enters a new normal, let us take heart and remember that God is with us. Though we navigate through uncertainties, we can boldly hold onto God, ‘our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.’ (Psalms 46:1) Let us place our faith in Jesus, who has promised us that He will surely be with us, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20)!

Sincerely,
Senior Pastor Jeff Chong
17 June 2020

Not at this moment. One important aspect of our service is expressing our gratitude to God through worship. Singing is currently not allowed as it is considered an activity with high risk of transmission. With that consideration, we will still be meeting online for service.

Much as we would love to meet face to face, strict measures have to be in place to ensure the safety of these gatherings and to keep the risk of the community spread low.

To ensure the safety of our people and make our gatherings conducive, all meetings and classes will be held online till further notice.

This means that small groups of 5 people and below can meet physically for fellowship, life group or mentoring if they adhere to safe distancing and personal hygiene practices such as wearing a mask, staying home if they are not well, and washing hands.

The government advises all to be:

• Be socially responsible
• Practise good personal hygiene
• Ensure safe distancing and adhere to safe management principles
• Use SafeEntry when required, and check in and out using the TraceTogether app
• Keep number of contacts small and limited to your regular circle of close contacts, to protect yourself and your families
• Seniors, who are especially vulnerable, should continue to exercise extra caution and stay at home as much as possible

Let us be good testimonies for Christ and love people by considering the vulnerable among us.

As the Singapore government advises, singing or speaking loudly are considered activities with higher risks of COVID-19 transmission. As such, we advise against having these activities at this point when we gather in person.

Yes, you can consider going in small groups of 5 or less. As you meet up physically with your neighbours and school mates, do be sensitive to others’ comfort level as you interact.

The principle to this is to keep number of contacts small and limited to protect yourself and your families as the nation slowly reopens. For now, we would advise that you try to stick to a same small group when meeting physically.

Yes you can do that in an F&B outlet, or in public spaces, provided that there is a safe distance between groups. Groups should not mingle.

More information on this will be released at a later date.

第二阶段即将在这个星期五开始

文告更新于6月17日

亲爱的教会,

第二阶段即将在这个星期五开始。我们当中一些人迫不及待地要重新开始营业,或是和亲戚朋友相聚。大家在这段艰难的期间互相扶持,配合政府的政策,也做出许多生活上的调整,我为我们教会感到骄傲。进入第二阶段后,我们不应该掉以轻心,而是继续做好本份,让我们能够专心在教会的异象和使命,让更多人能够听到基督的福音。

教会并非建筑,也从未关闭

虽然我们在讨论着社会的重启,我要提醒大家,教会不是一个建筑,一个场地,我们也因此从来都没有关闭。在这几个月中,因着上帝的恩典,我们见证有人通过网上的崇拜和小组中信主,也有人在灵里受洗。我们在家中敬拜主,虽是透过屏幕,但神仍与我们同在。我们也与属灵家庭里的成员经历悲痛与欢笑。不管在哪一个阶段,不管将来发生什么,我们应切记,神将给予我们智慧和机会让我们能够将福音和神的大爱传出去,因为祂的心是为着那一只迷失的羊。

第二阶段意味我们更应积极将福音传开

第二阶段的开始代表我们能在一些情况下聚会。在这个阶段,或任何时候,我们的使命不变,我们仍要爱邻舍,建门徒,立教会。疫情当前,未来有很多未知,人们的心在这时更是寻找着答案,也因此更渴望福音的信息。我们作为耶稣的子民拥有着最好的好消息,让我们不要胆怯,不要怠惰,而是更加积极,更有创意地将福音传开。不管我们是选择是在线上或是面对面聚会,让我们以基督的爱为出发点,想想如何使用现有的机会来让更多人感受到主的爱。

我知道我们很多人都很期待面对面相聚。让我们提醒彼此要负起社会责任,保持良好的卫生习惯,保持安全距离。让我们也对身边的人有多一点的包容,互相体谅迁就。可能您的社群里有些人选择暂时不参与面对面聚会,我们仍然可以通过他们可接受的方式联系。如果您想要到其他人家拜访,也请为他们和他们的家人着想。

新常态-神仍与我们同在!

社会将逐渐进入与冠病共存的世界,这个改变或许会持续很久,也会成为我们的新平常。让我们记住,神是与我们同在的。尽管经历再多的不确定,我们都能坚定地说“神是我们的避难所,是我们的力量,是我们在患难中随时都可得到的帮助。” 让我们信靠主耶稣和祂的应许,祂必常常与我们同在,直到这世代的终结!

张福裕主理牧师
2020年6月17日

我们暂时还是会在线上聚会。歌唱是属于传播病毒的高风险活动,但放声崇拜是我们敬拜会的主要活动之一。因此我们将仍继续在线上聚会。

尽管我们很想要见到大家,在第二阶段仍存在病毒扩散的风险。为不引发社区感染,实体聚会必须遵守严谨的安全措施。我们以大家的健康和安全为考量,暂时仍将所有的会议和课程继续在线上进行。

第二阶段的开始代表着我们可恢复5人以下的小型聚会,这或许包括牧羊,小组聚会或团契。我们必须保持安全距离并遵守个人卫生习惯如带口罩,身体不适时在家中休息,勤洗手等。

政府呼吁所有国人:

• 负起社会责任:
• 保持良好的卫生习惯
• 保持安全距离
• 使用SafeEntry系统登记入场和离场
• 下载 “合力追踪” (TraceTogether) 手机应用程序
• 在尽可能的范围内缩小个人的交流圈,以便保护自己和家庭成员
• 年长人士,尤其是有潜在身体状况的人士,应当继续谨慎生活,尽可能减少和他人接触

让我们顾念他人,尤其是考虑到我们当中的弱势群体,也在这非常时期,继续做耶稣的代言人,在言语、行为和态度上,活出基督的信心、盼望和爱。

就如新加坡政府建议,大声说话或歌唱是属于传染高风险的活动。我们建议,在现在这段期间,在面对面聚会时尽量不要歌唱或大声祷告。

可以的,您能够在少过5人的小组到社区或组屋区与其他人分享神的大爱。请特别注意他人的感受,为他人着想。

我们是为减少风险所以尽可能的范围内缩小个人的交流圈,以便保护自己和家庭成员。所以我们的建议是面对面聚会内尽量是与同样的5人小组进行。

在餐饮场所或公共场合,只要不同群组间保持一米距离,不同群组间不互相交流,就可以分两组聚会。

相关消息将会较迟公布。

Update: 28 May

Dear Church,

It is now almost eight weeks since the start of the Circuit Breaker, I pray that you are keeping well in the Lord.

This weekend would have been our annual Hope Conference. It is usually when I get to spend extended time with all of you and to meet our global leaders in the Hope Global family. It is a time I cherish a lot and I truly miss seeing everyone and worshipping together.

As the nation eases towards safe re-opening in the next weeks, there are still measures in place that aim to minimise the risk of new surges of cases. In March, the leadership team had discussed and decided to move all in-person gatherings online until 30 June 2020. This includes Service, Life Groups, classes, mentoring and all other meetings. As we observe the situation, we will likely need to continue online gathering and we do this out of a heart to love – to be socially responsible and do our part as a citizen of the nation.

I want to thank and affirm all of you who are innovating, trying new ways to reach out and disciple, and most importantly, for trusting God in this season. I have heard many stories both locally and globally of how people in our church continue to love neighbours, make disciples and plant churches. The staff team and I have also been learning from leaders both local and global on how we can better reach and disciple people through new platforms. The focus has not changed. The mission is not to gather our church on the world wide web. The mission is to take the church to the whole wide world!

As we move forward, we see great potential in the online platform to reach people beyond our geographical boundaries. In light of that, we are starting 2 online Services on Sunday 830pm and 10pm. This service is specially catered to an international audience, and you can invite your overseas friends or contacts to join in. We also have an online Facebook group that they can get connected to.

The Equip team has also been working on an online Grow Portal since late last year, and we are now ready for you to make full use of the library of resources and the various seasons of classes through this one-stop shop. More details will be given to you this weekend. I encourage you to take the time to look through the resources and classes!

The COVID-19 Hope Fund was also launched a few weeks ago. We have seen many of you come forward to give generously and we have also processed a number of applications. I am proud of our spiritual family and how we come together to care and love tangibly those who are in our midst, and I urge you to be involved by giving generously and applying if you are in need.

This weekend, I will be sharing with you some takeaways from my time away on Sabbath, and I know you will be blessed by the word of God. See you online this weekend


Senior Pastor Jeff Chong

最新文告: 5月28日

亲爱的教会,

阻断措施已进行周了。我告大家在主里安好。

这周末原是我们的希望大会。这是我通常能够与大家花更多时间,以及与我们国外的希望领袖见面的时候。这是我非常珍惜时刻,所以也在这时候特别想念能见到大家,一起来敬拜。

为了新病例减到最低,接下来进入安全重开的几个星期,这期间仍然会采取一些阻断措施。在三月份,领袖团队决定把所有面对面的聚会带到线上,直到2020630日。这包括主日崇拜,小组聚会,课程,牧养以及所有会议。在我们观察局势的当儿,很可能会继续带着爱心 – 具有社会责任感并公民应尽的责任,在线上聚会。

我要感谢所有在创新,尝试新方式来外展和们训,还有更重要是在这季节信靠神的人。我听到了许多关于你们如何在本地甚至全世界爱邻舍,建门徒和立教会的故事。我和教会的全职员工们都在向本地和国外的领袖学习更好地通过新平台来外展和们训。我们的焦点从未改变。教会的使命不是把人聚在互联网,而是把教会带到全世界!

这期间,我们看到网络平台能够跨越地理限制来触摸生命的潜能。我们因此在星期天开始两个线上主日,则在晚间830分和10点。这是特地为了国际群众而设的。你也可以邀请在海外的朋友参与。他们也能够和我们在脸书的线上团队连接。

去年我们的团队积极地筹备着更有系统的成长门户网站。我很高兴与你们分享这一站式的网站现已可以使用,你可以从网站上报名参与课程或下载各种成长资料和课程。来临周末我们会再提供更多详情。我鼓励你腾出时间来浏览这些资源和课程!

前几周,新冠肺炎希望基金已推出。当中看见许多人前来慷慨捐助,我们也处理了一些申请。我以我们属灵家庭为荣,在困难期间大家

一起面对。我也呼吁大家慷慨捐助,而有需要的请前来申请。

来临周末,我会与大家分享我在安息假的心得,我也相信上帝的话语能祝福你。来临周末线上见!

张牧师

Update: 27 March

Dear Church,

We have been hugely blessed to hear so many positive testimonies when our church went fully online for Services and Life Groups for last weekend.  There were stories of people joining us to fellowship online and even people receiving Jesus into their lives for the very first time! This speaks volumes of the truth that church cannot be closed because it is not a building. We are the church and even in such times, we do not stop being the church! 

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an intensely challenging period for the world. As a pastors’ team, we are praying that God will be the strength of your heart as you go through this season (Psalms 73:26). We are also praying for the hope we have in Christ be displayed through all believers. We invite you to join us in daily prayers for the next two weeks.

In this difficult times, we take heart in Scripture in Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” As we recognise our helplessness, let’s take heart in the sovereignty of God and consider what good God can work in us and through us in this season. For a start, we can be intentional to reach out to others through text or social media, to ask how they are doing and to offer up prayers. Let’s shine brightly for Him during these dark times.

The number of cases locally has been rising. Government has advised Singaporeans on tighter safe distancing measures, which work best when more people do it together. With the desire to love our neighbours and indeed be better together, Hope Singapore will be moving all our gatherings online till the end of June 2020. We strongly encourage all seniors to stay home, and stay connected through phone or text. Our Hope Conference will also be postponed to 2021, and refunds will be given to those who have already registered. This is so that we can all play our social responsibility to help reduce cases of local transmission in Singapore.

As we take this extended step, we will certainly miss the opportunity to gather physically. At the same time, we thank God for technology that allows us to have our gatherings online. This is an opportunity to consider alternative forms of expressing our faith to the watching world, to preach the good news through new mediums to new people groups. As we look forward to meet in person again, let us also not miss what God is wanting us to learn in this season.

Throughout church history, the body of Christ has not only survived but thrived and flourished through troubled times. In the same way, let us be a generation of believers who will take the Christian faith deeper into our hearts and further into the community. Christ is leading us, and the church would not cease because we are the church. Let us BE the church and spread the message of hope!

Sincerely,
Pastors’ Team
27 March 2020

最新文告: 三月27日

亲爱的弟兄姐妹们,

上周末,在完全以线上的方式来举行主日崇拜和生命小组过后,我们收到了许多振奋人心的见证,我们深感蒙福。不只是有新朋友受邀来参加我们的线上团契,甚至有人在线上选择了接受主耶稣!这再一次的说明,教会不是一座建筑物的真理,不会因为任何问题就停止运作。我们是真正的教会,是疫情肆虐的当下,依然屹立不倒的教会!

新冠病毒疫情的爆发让全世界都陷入了非常困难的时期。作为牧师团队,我们祈求神赐你们信心和能力来度过这段时期(诗篇73:26)。我们也祷告,我们在基督里的盼望,能借着所有信徒的生命去展现出来。我们邀请你们在接下来的两周,每一天都和我们一起同心祷告。

在艰难之时,让我们谨记罗马书8章28节的经文 – “我们知道,为了爱神的人,就是按他旨意蒙召的人的益处,万事都一同效力。” 我们面对自身的软弱时,越是要牢记神依然掌权,专注于神在我们的生命并通过我们所能成就的善工。比如,我们可以更刻意的发简讯或通过社交媒体去向未信的亲友传扬福音,关心他们的生活,并提议为他们的需要祷告。让我们在这黑暗的时期为主去发出光芒!

随着本地的确诊病例不断升高,政府提出了让新加坡人更严格去保持安全距离的措施。这需要每一个人的通力合作才能奏效。基于爱邻舍的心,和全国人共同的努力,新加坡希望教会将会把我们的所有聚会转为线上,一直到2020年的6月份。我们强烈鼓励所有的年长者待在家中,并通过手机和短讯保持联系。我们今年的希望大会也将延后到 2021 年,那些已经报名的人将获得全额的退款。这一切都是为了减少新加坡本地疫情的传播,以尽到教会的社会责任。

因着这个不得已的抉择,我们肯定会错过许多面对面相聚的机会。但同时,我们也感谢神,现今的通讯科技允许我们依然能够在线上相聚。这是一个让全世界看到基督徒能够以不同方式来表达信仰的机会,通过新的媒介让我们继续向新的人群传扬福音。在我们再次面对面相聚之前,让我们好好来学习神通过这样一个时期所要教导我们的功课。我们兴奋期待这种以全新的方式来成长灵命和建立门徒的方式。

一直以来,基督的教会在历史的长河中,越是困难的时期,越是能够兴盛成长。同样的,我们这一代的信徒,可以借着这个时机,把我们对基督的信心更深的带到我们的内心,也带往人群。基督正在前方带领我们,我们教会不会真的关门因为我们是符合圣经真义的教会。让我们成为神要我们成为的教会,继续传扬那带来希望的福音和信息!

牧师团队敬上
2020年3月27日

Service Online

Services will be available weekly on

  • Saturdays 2pm & 5pm
  • Sundays 10am, 2:30pm & 5pm
HopeKids Stay-Home Guide for Parents

Parents, you are the best role models for your children. And we are here to support you! Download the guide to see how church would look like for kids this season. Also check out the weekly HopeKids Online Experience!

Give Online

Let us continue to live and give generously!

Pray Together!

Let us look to our sovereign God and pray together! Pray for Singapore and the nations with our 14-day COVID-19 prayer guide, or soak in God’s presence and be ministered by our intercessors at our weekly Online Prayer Rooms.

A Message from our Senior Pastor

Pastor Jeff recorded a message for us during his sabbathical leave and reminds us “The darker the night, the brighter the light.” Let us look to Jesus!

Services will be streamed live through church online at all usual service timings. This means that at your usual service timings, instead of making your way to a physical location, you make your way online! 

Your leaders may be asking you to join the service together. After the service, your life group will continue to meet and pray for each other online through the various online tools available for discussion.

We have also prepared a 30minute service video for your child. Feel free to download it and go through it with them!

Be intentional to connect. Hope is better together, even online!

In what we have shared above, we believe it is wise and loving to limit in person gatherings during this time.

Should you be meeting up individually or in smaller groups, we recommend you practice safe distancing guidelines as proposed by the government. This is how we can do our part to be loving to others!

All Equip classes and other LG team meetings this weekend will be moved online. Other events in the weeks to come may be postponed or moved online.

One of the ways we can show God’s love is by participating in government endorsed measures, including safe distancing. That’s why we’re not gathering together in person – because this is one of the best ways we can love others right now. Yet this does not mean isolation! We recommend that you go out of your way to cultivate personal contact with your neighbours and whomever God has placed in your way. Make phone calls, text, notice and meet a need while being aware of the safe distancing measures.

BIBLE APP DEVOTIONS

  1. Download the Bible app.
  2. Click on the Plans icon, pick a plan and press start.
  3. Click on “With Friends” and send the link to your Life Group chat, and invite people to join in!
  4. All who joined in will be able to see each other’s progress as well as comments
  5. Some recommended plans include The Alpha and Bible in One Year.

ZOOM

  1. Full instructions on how to use Zoom
  2. Zoom does require a free account to use.
  3. Note that Zoom only offers free video conferencing up to 40 minutes for any given meeting.
  4. Zoom also requires you to download and install the Zoom client
  5. See comprehensive Help Articles and Videos

SKYPE

  1. Full detailed instructions
  2. Does not require any download or client.
  3. Works through a web browser.

GOOGLE HANGOUTS

  1. Full detailed instructions
  2. Requires a Google account.
  3. Will work on a web browser or through Android/iOS clients.
 

教会的主日崇拜将在周末同样时段通过Church Online 的网站播出。中文堂的聚会则会在在星期六的下午4点版在脸书上直播 。

这也就是说,您只要在星期六的下午,在家中登陆脸书Facebook就能一起敬拜!

您的组长可能会鼓励您一起上网参与敬拜。主日崇拜后您们也能继续在网上聊天,并为彼此祷告,或是一起享用圣餐。

小朋友也能通过我们30分钟的视频一起学习并咱们主耶稣!

只要费点心思,线上也能与希望同在!

我们相信在这段非常时期,我们应当更有智慧地作决定。我们鼓励在我们当中的年长人士更是认真保持社交距离,尽可能不要参与聚会,以便降低感染风险。

其他人继续见面时应该保持社交距离,让我们为国家和社会减少病例出一份力。

所有的课程将暂时停办。

其中一个关爱他人的方法就是响应政府号召,保持安全的社交距离。这也是我们暂时不实体聚会的原因 -因为这个非常时期,这是爱邻舍的表现之一。

但这并不表示我们暂停教会!相反地,我们更应该主动,通过不管是电话,简讯,或保持1买距离的方式去我们的邻舍和朋友问好。

下星期我们会让大家知道复活节的节目流程。

圣经灵修手机应用程式

  1. 下载《圣经》应用程式
  2. 点击“计划”,选择想阅读的灵修计划,并选择开始计划。
  3. 您选择“和朋友共读”后,就能与小组或牧者分享链接,邀请他们和您一起做灵修!
  4. 所有参与的朋友都能看到大家的进度,并也能阅读其他灵修的学习和感想。

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这个季节为各界人士带来许多新的挑战。到现在,超越医学的角度,我们许多人已在社交和经济方面受到影响。

但是,也正是这样的季节,给予我们时间去反思生命中真正有意义的事情是什么。也正是这样的时刻,福音的信息,基督的救恩,成为我们大有能力的安慰。

身为你们的牧师,我们深爱你们,也为你们和全球疫情的情况祷告。我们的祷告是,即便大家在生命中做出明智与实际的改变,我们也能在我们所敬拜的全能上帝里,找到我们最大的力量和保障。

在3月19日,Claudia牧师和Timothy牧师与其他的教会领袖一同与黄循财,卫生部长和傅海燕,新加坡文化、社区及青年部部长会面,并一起商讨最新发出的安全社交距离措施的警告。在警告中,一些重点包括:
• 输入性病例不断增加,所以我们必须把当地居民受到二度传播的风险降至最低
• 安全的社交距离,连同边境管控和追踪接触,是帮助我们阻止疫情传播的措施。
• 安全的社交距离措施的目的是为了减缓病例的增加,同时减轻新加坡医疗体系的压力。这将给予医疗体系更多时间与疫情抗战,更好地管控疫情的传播。

牧师团队慎重考虑了目前新冠状病毒的环境和政府发出的文告。我们怀着爱邻舍的渴望,遵循政府的警告履行社会责任,因此我们决定更改所集合的方式。从3月21日开始,这个周末,希望教会新加坡将把敬拜聚会和生命小组转为线上的形式。这个安排会延续两周,直到3月底。敬拜聚会将继续在平时聚会的时间段在线上直播。生命小组也会透过线上平台集合。我们鼓励在我们当中的年长人士更是认真保持社交距离,尽可能不要参与聚会,以便降低感染风险。

我们感谢主,因为科技让教会能继续在线上集合。这并不是容易的抉择,因为身为教会,我们的最佳选择是一起在教会团契和敬拜。但是在这个季节里,我们要明白这些集合的替代方式都是为了爱我们的邻舍和国家。
即使我们做了这个决定,我们仍然是基督的肢体。让我们继续委身与教会相连,并透过线上平台爱彼此和在信仰的道路上相互勉励。我们期盼再次与大家一同集体相聚时,一起欢庆。从现在到那时,我们要定睛仰望基督,祷告祂的旨意被成就,也要彼此激发爱心,勉励行善。

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