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Scripture Memory: God’s Love.
 VERSE : Psalm 103:13 
“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

15 June 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Dr John Davis (A Father’s Lonely Crisis, Gen 22)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Patrick Tan (Philadelphia - The Faithful Church, Rev 3:7-13)

22 June 2014
8 am & 1045am Worship Service
Dr John Davis (A Fisherman’s Great Challenge, Jn 21:1-14)
6:00 pm Evening Service
Rev Charles Seet (Laodicea - The Lukewarm Church, Rev 3:14-22)

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VBS 2014 TESTIMONIES

Introduction by Russell Indran (VBS Director)

The Vacation Bible School (VBS) this year was held on the 4th to 6th of June. I am happy to share that we had a most blessed time together. There was an average of 194 children and 100 staff in attendance on each day. Thank God for His mercies and grace in seeing all the children and staff through the various activities: story-telling, songs, art and craft, worksheets, games and sharing of the gospel.

This year, we were blessed with two missionaries as our speakers. Sister June Tan brought the story of Jonah to the Primary Department (P1-P4) and Sister Pui Meng to the Kindy Department (N2-K2). We thank God for providing both of them to preach the gospel to all the children who came. Both June and Pui Meng made extra effort to prepare hand-made props to excite the children and make the story more ‘life-like’ to them. Sister Pui Meng even adorned herself in a manner to look like the missionary Jonah! It was encouraging to see how the children showed much interest and were responsive to the teaching by our two dear sisters. Thank God for how the Lord used them mightily as His messengers.

We thank God also for the provision of sufficient teachers and logistics helpers. The enrolment of children was at a rather fast rate this year, and we prayed that God would bring in more helpers to support this ministry. Thank God that He answered our prayers by bringing in many who signed up at the last minute to help. 

We thank God also for safety and good health of the children! There was hardly any first-aid that had to be rendered. God kept all the staff and children safe and healthy.

God also answered our prayers by granting us fine weather during our Games Day! It rained heavily during much of VBS but thank God for holding up the rain during our Games Day, allowing all the children to enjoy a time of fun and games.

As I reflect on the many blessings God had bestowed upon us at the VBS, I am reminded of His faithfulness and care for His children. I pray that one day many of these children who came to attend VBS would turn their hearts to the one True God and Living Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2)

Testimony by Rhoda Lim (Kindy HOD)

Parents’ Response.  The Kindy Department is for children aged 4 to 6 years (Nursery 2 to Kindergarten 2).  Based on last year’s average daily attendance, intake quota for this year was set at 80 children.  Within the first week of registration opening, 42 children had signed up.  One week shy of actual closing date, Kindy registration had to be closed.  Eighty children had signed up, and we had a long waiting list.  In view of the latter and after consultation within the VBS 2014 Committee, Kindy intake was increased to 100 children — the largest number thus far.  With a 25% increase from the initial quota, the Kindy Department could not be run in the originally-planned way.  Much re-thinking and overhauling of the original plans were undertaken by the VBS Director, Logistics, F&B and Transport departments to eke out more classrooms and resources for the increased intake, even to the extent of re-planning the routes from venue to venue to ensure speedy, and SAFE, human traffic movement as we mobilise a large number of children and VBS staff at any one time.

Volunteers’ Response.  Every VBS, the perennial prayer of the Committee is, “Lord, send us helpers”.  God is faithful.  Every year, He moves the hearts of faithful men and women (young and old) to come forward to serve in VBS.  These familiar faithfuls do not wait for somebody else to fill in their positions.  Almost every year, they set aside time during the 1stweek of June (even veteran VBS parents have learned to schedule their family vacations from 2nd week of June onwards so that their children can attend VBS during the 1st week of June) to serve in VBS.  Thank God too for many new faces that heeded the call for VBS volunteers.  At the expense of their own time, leave, and money (transport charges, at least), all old and new VBS Volunteers put in their best efforts in their diligent preparations before VBS and during the actual running of VBS.  And what’s more, there were no complaints nor murmurings from any of my fellow staff (Story Teller, Song Leader, Pianists, Teachers and Assistant Teachers) in the Kindy Department.  During the daily debrief, the staff members gave constructive and insightful feedback/suggestions on how to run VBS better the next day.  May I take this opportunity to once again thank and applaud all the ladies of the Kindy Department for their quiet, unassuming demeanour as they dependably rendered their utmost best to the Lord.

Testimony by Grace Tay (Kindy Asst. HOD)

I thank God for the recent VBS that has just passed. It was my first time helping out as an assistant HOD, and by the grace of God, and despite my many inadequacies, I saw His provision and power throughout the whole time. Despite the rainy weather, many children still turned up, looking forward to the day’s events. Thank God, too, for protection from injuries and the clear and powerful message of God’s mercy towards Jonah.

How are the children? The children in the Kindy Department were eager to learn about the Lord, and always responded enthusiastically in the affirmative whenever I asked them if they had enjoyed the Bible story and songs to praise God. The children were exhilarated by the role-playing of the Jonah story, as well as the amazing story backdrop constructed by the many helpers. It is my prayer that they will hide God’s word in their little hearts and the Holy Spirit will cause the gospel seed to grow and mature into a strong tree of faith that bears much good fruit.

Can you help in VBS too? Yes, we certainly are in need of many helpers. The harvest was truly plenteous, with about 200 children attending VBS. I was very encouraged by what I saw in fellow labourers. In the weeks leading up to the three days of VBS in June, many of the experienced teachers contributed many tips on how to organize the class, what types of crafts to plan, and how best to communicate with the children. There was even a class conducted on classroom management! During the VBS itself, the logistics team was hardworking, making sure that the requested stationery and classroom materials were prepared well in advance. The PA crew was always there early to set up, and included many young students serving God even during their school holidays. This was humbling for me, as I depended on them to ensure that the day’s schedule went on as planned. I learnt once again that in doing God’s work, indeed the eye cannot say to the hand that it has no need of it, and that indeed those members that seem to be less important from the external perspective are necessary in doing God’s work (1 Corinthians 12:21-23).

Testimony by Joash Tan (Logistics Asst. HOD)

Thank God for being very gracious and answering the many prayers that were uttered for VBS. We were able to run the program smoothly despite the rainy weather in the mornings, which gave the logistics and transport team some challenges during the registration and dismissal periods during the three days. As the Logistics 2IC this year, running the logistics efforts for the short 3-day event also proved to be a rather complicated affair, as there were many things that had to be done by different groups of people concurrently and in an efficient manner. We were blessed with a team of logistics helpers (ranging from young teens to uncles in their 60s) who were energetic, enthusiastic and proactive in serving the Lord. I was personally very encouraged to see many of them put their minds and hands together to complete the seemingly mundane tasks like cleaning, sorting stationery, and moving equipment around with much cheerfulness and zeal. I recall that 1 month before VBS, Uncle Hock Seng and I were beginning to feel worried as there were only 9 logistics helpers who had signed up back then. When the 1st day of VBS finally came, there were more than 30 who had stepped forward to serve! This is indeed a testimony of God’s grace and providence, because the large number of child participants required much logistics support for the smooth running of the program.

Personally, I am very thankful to God for the opportunity to serve Him in VBS once again this year. Indeed, there has been no shortage of experiences that have taught me many things, encouraged me in my walk with God, and bore witness of His grace, love and power. Hours were spent planning and making preparations in the weeks prior to VBS, and I tried my best to plan as conscientiously as possible. However, just as I began to lean on my own strength and understanding in my service – forgetting God’s sovereignty and grace, God showed me through certain mistakes made and oversights that I am only an inadequate servant who is prone to sin and error; only a sinner that has a glorious privilege of serving the master after being saved by His grace. These served as good reminders that made me think, reflect and seek God; ultimately, we are completely incapable apart from God, and completely sufficient when Christ is within us.

All in all, I was very much blessed and encouraged during this time of serving the Lord together with other likeminded brothers and sisters, and I am looking forward to serving Him again in VBS in future years, if the Lord so wills.

Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.” (Psalm 123:2)

Testimony by Sharon Seow (Song-leader & Teacher, Primary Dept)

“Praise Him! Praise Him! All ye little children. God is Love, God is Love.”

God, through HOD Song Ching, gave me the privilege of leading the Primary department in songs. It was a joy to sing with the 100-odd children and teachers, worshiping God and learning His truths on each of the 3 days.

God provided youths – Ernest on piano and Meilina, and teachers Nathaniel and Min Li who helped laser-point the words of the songs, so the children could “sing unto the LORD a new song” and old time favorites.

God entrusted a class of 9 precious Primary 2 children to aunties Linda Chan, Christina Cheong and I, to share the gospel and model Christ-likeness. It was a joy interacting with them. Praise God 2 boys received Jesus as their Savior.

God is indeed to be praised for VBS 2014 – a vital ministry of evangelism to children. May the organizing committee and all volunteers be encouraged by this feedback from a parent who attends another church, “Thanks for serving in this ministry. It was well run. My daughter had a blessed time and looks forward to the next VBS!” 

Testimony by Arthur Wong 
(Asst. Teacher, Primary Dept)

“Vacation Bible School will be from 4th to 6th of June 2014,” announced the worship chairman. Honestly I was hesitant because I felt that I was not prepared. For the past weeks, I was so busy brushing up my son in his preparation for his SA1. I excused myself rationalizing, “Maybe this year, I will give it a pass.”

GOD in his wisdom used my wife to give me a little nudge that caused me to sign up as an Assistant Teacher. On the first day of VBS, I was overjoyed to be used as an instrument of the Lord to bring 3 children into the kingdom of GOD. As each one of them bowed their heads to utter their sincere prayer of repentance, I could sense the host of angels rejoicing in heaven.

At the end of the 3-day VBS, the entire class of 8 except one, professed that they had made Jesus the Lord in their lives! All glory goes to GOD and his working in the lives of these chosen ones. Are they born again of the Spirit? Salvation indeed is of the Lord!

Testimony by Nathaniel Heah 
(Teacher, Primary Dept)

I thank God for opening the door for me to volunteer at VBS for the first time. While in previous years, work as well as other commitments had kept me away, there was no such excuse this year and so I seized the opportunity to serve.

VBS is a very interesting ministry. While most programs in church tend to be contained to certain age groups, VBS is different. It brings members from all ages and walks of life together in a valiant attempt at bringing the Gospel to these children in the hope that they may find the true Saviour. As I reflect on my time with these children, one can only hope that the seed of the Gospel has fallen on fertile ground.

As a first time teacher, I was handed the daunting task of teaching a Primary 1 class. The challenges I faced opened my eyes to the plight of the primary school teacher, and more importantly, the tireless parent. Even though the committee had organized everything immaculately and there were activities in abundance, I found myself before God, pleading with Him to show me how best to teach these children. However, in the end I found that God used these children to teach me.

My time in VBS showed me how precious these lives are, and how few opportunities we have to bring our children up in the fear of God. I was always conflicted by the time constraints and my desire to teach and to discipline. Such is the life of a VBS teacher. It is a brief existence, one that will hopefully make an impact on a child, but one that pales in comparison to that of a parent, who is a VBS teacher every day.

This year’s VBS was centered on Jonah and his call to do God’s word, which he failed so miserably to do. Like him, God has called me into his service, perhaps one day as a parent. I just pray that I remember the lessons of this year’s VBS, of which I was a teacher and a student alike. May God give me the strength to do His will for the children in my life, because “Salvation is of the LORD”.

Testimony by Jeremy Goh 
(Teacher, Primary Dept)

VBS is a truly beautiful time when I witness church members from all age groups volunteer their time and efforts to serve with one accord. 

Our tireless youths who scrub, clean and conduct games without murmur, our meticulous administrators who ensure things run like clock-work, our wonderful kitchen chefs who make everyone feel right at home, our talented song leaders and story-tellers who elicit the sweetest laughter from young and old alike, our dauntless bus-runners and chaperons who brave the rain and sunshine, our dedicated teachers who share the sweet gospel and the countless others who serve without any desire for recognition.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

And even as we strive to sow the gospel seed in the tender hearted ones, God uses them to instruct me as well.

Spending time with the young ones, their simple faith never fails to inspire me. As I witness a father beckon his child to jump up into his arms, he does it without a second thought. There is no “how high am I supposed to jump? What if he changes his mind?”

Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

God uses the little ones to remind me to have child-like faith that He will take care of us.

May you be encouraged to come forward to serve and be blessed at the next VBS! Amen.

Testimony by Winky Leung 
(Asst. Teacher, Kindy Dept)

‘Jonah, Jonah have you heard? Said the Lord “Go preach my Word.”… … Jonah prayed, “Lord, I’ll obey; tell the folks about your way.”‘

This is my favorite part of this year’s VBS Theme Song. It tells not only about what the VBS aim is, but it’s also a good reminder about what attitude we as Christians should have when we respond to God’s call.

When brothers and sisters in Christ are here in VBS to bless all children, we are blessed at the same time. Let me share with you here:

Joy: Joy Joy Joy! In Singspiration, it does not matter if we have nice voices or not, teachers and children, all come together to enjoy singing praises to the Lord.

Love: God’s love is great. When the children saw Jonah, the big fish and the boat right in front of their eyes, they were excited. For me, I was more than excited, I truly saw God’s love in the storyteller and aunties who helped in all the props preparation.

Discipline: Jesus said, “Shepherd my sheep”. Discipline is a big word. When it comes to VBS, it becomes Rule 1 – sit upright, Rule 2 – stop talking, Rule 3 – watermelon smile. Rule 123 looks simple, but seeing God work in the little hearts is big when they choose to obey.

God’s Word: Do you know how the children learn the scripture verse when they know but a few words?  They listen and learn by heart. It is a very good reminder because sometimes when we study God’s Word, we use our eyes to read, but we forget to remember by heart.

There is so much more to share… Come to VBS next year and I am sure you will be blessed =)

If you are thinking of inviting kids of your relatives, friends and neighbors, I will pray for you that God will grant you courage and open the invitees’ hearts.

If you are thinking of serving in VBS, I will pray for you that your ears will open to hear God’s call and that your heart will open to respond to His call without delay!

See you next year! God Bless!

Testimony by Fidelia Beatrice Alvina 
(Logistics/Games)

I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve Him during VBS by serving in Logistics (F&B). It was a new experience for me as I had never helped out in F&B before. Before this, I had thought F&B was one of the easy jobs to do but I was wrong. We had to prepare food for the kids, clean up after them, set up the tables for staff lunch and clean the area after lunch. So, from morning till afternoon, there was always something to do. Through this experience, I learnt to be even more appreciative of the aunties who are always preparing food and drinks for us during camps and other events as it’s not an easy job to do. Being able to work together with the aunties was indeed a great experience as I was able to learn many things from them. When I serve, I am also learning at the same time. It’s really a blessing to be able to serve God by serving His people. Serving God is really not a matter of how old or how young you are but it’s a matter of willingness. Therefore, I would like to encourage each and every one of you to serve God no matter how big or small your task is!

Testimony by Ruth Koh (Logistics/Games)

I thank God for allowing me to serve as a logistics helper in VBS again this year. For as long as I can remember, I have always enjoyed attending VBS as a child as the programs laid out for me, as well as others, were very engaging. This was why I signed up for VBS – as I wanted the children to be able to enjoy it as much as I had – even if it was in a very small way that I could help, such as making sure the teacher’s basket was filled with the necessary items for the following day, helping to pin the nametags on the children’s clothes or even just mopping the floor. Getting to know new people was fun and interesting too. Thank God everything went smoothly with only a few hiccups here and there!

Testimony by Betrand Lam (Logistics/Games)

I first got interested in VBS when my peers mentioned about it early this year, saying they had been involved every year and were looking forward to reaching out to the children. The interest got further piqued with the endearing publicity graphics and “A Whale of a Time!” theme on the book of Jonah. It was God’s grace that my leave application for VBS was approved at the last hour, and with that, I was asked to serve in the Logistics Team.

Through serving at Logs, we got to enjoy the sweet fellowship, dedication and trust made possible in our Lord. Despite the intermittent downpours during registration, which required quick deployment of wet weather plans and a rather inexperienced team with members new to VBS and Logistics, smiles and laughter abounded. The on-the-spot meetings to receive feedback and readjust plans, together with the end-of-day Logistics review meetings also helped improve the way things were done. The Logs team exhibited strong and loving hands (to adeptly prepare things yet gently interact with the children), as well as quick feet and sharp eyes to help out at the other areas such as the tea-time preparations and the children’s games.

We also were blessed by the stories told and hymns sung, when the Logs team could join in during off-peak windows. The effort put into the props, animated story telling with sound effects, and heart-warming children’s hymns that brought out sweet reminders of God’s love, surely are precious Gospel seeds delightful to our Lord. I also learnt another aspect about God’s fearsome sovereignty: man can never run out from God’s grasp. Yet, quick to bless and slow to chide, God still awaits and gives us chances, with Him to set aright.

I thank God for using us as salty salt for Him in this ministry. We had a saying during VBS that encouraged me personally – “We know no one will say how good the salt is but to say how good the food is after we put in the salt. Be ready for the unexpected.” What a privilege and great reminder to know we are part of God’s greater plan of salvation, to lose ourselves for His use, and for Christ to be known and “ex-salted”. It was to God’s glory that various segments of the Church came together, and I am thankful to serve with and know more brethren beyond my usual circles. I got to know brethren from the meal preparation team, the Lively Teens, as well as to learn more about where to find pails and brooms, and locating the relevant light switches at Church – all of which helped build bonds and reaffirmed our stake in the body of Christ and house of God.

VBS is definitely a good starting point to serve and experience His blessings. That said, the VBS is but just once a year. Perhaps God has been moving in your heart to serve in a particular ministry, or you acknowledge the importance to be more active and involved in this Church family. If indeed, tarry no longer, and be sure to disembark from this Tarshish-bound ship!

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ERBL LECTURES (JUL-NOV 14)

Day  Time            Course                 Lecturer

Mon  7.30 - 9.30 pm                          The Pentateuch          Rev Charles Seet

Tue   10 - 12.00 pm                           Church History           Rev Dr Jack Sin

Wed 10 - 12.00 pm       Esther   Rev Charles Seet

Thu  10 - 12.00 pm                           Romans           Rev Ho Chee Lai

          7.30 - 9.30 pm                          Evangelism     Rev Dr Jack Sin

Fri     10 - 12.00 pm                           The Doctrine of Christ Rev Isaac Ong

Lectures begin on 7 Jul 14. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 22nd June 2014

Time: 8 am & 10:45 am

Topic: A Fisherman’s Great Challenge

Speakers:
Dr John Davis (English Service)

Rev Kew See Seong (Mandarin/Cantonese)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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1) Pastoral Help: Members who need pastoral help during the church camp week (16-19 June) may contact Rev Jack Sin at 9116-0948.

2) GAF One Day Outing to Johore. Sat.16 Aug 14, Form available from sis Evelyn Tay. Closing date: 5 Jul 14.

3) Two Traffic wardens needed as replacement,  between 10.00 to 10.45 am each Sunday.  If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan at 9667-9733 or email,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2014 Baptism will commence on 6 Jul 14, 9.30 am at Rm 5-4, Beulah Centre. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the Catechism Class.

5) ERBL Seminar 201423-28 Jun (Mon-Sat, 8.30am - 1.00pm) at Beulah Centre. Speaker: Rev Dr Tim Yates. Topic: Biblical Precepts for Effective Leadership & Discipleship for the Local Church.

6) FREE ERBL Night Lectures on 23 and 26 Jun 14 (Mon and Thurs, 7.30pm to 9.30pm) at Beulah Centre. Speaker: Rev Dr Tim Yates. Topic: Christ-Centered Bible Application.

7) Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Colin Chan on the birth of a baby boy on 12 Jun 14.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Life Chinese Service, 10.45am.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25