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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! Join us on Facebook and Instagram as we pray daily. Also Prayer Room will be streamed on hopesg.churchonline.org every Wednesday 8pm – 9pm.

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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ZOOM

SKYPE

亲爱的教会,


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。

牧师团启