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Scripture Memory: Addiction to Wine.
VERSE : Proverbs 20:1 
“Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.”* * *

O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

19 May 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Eld Sherman Ong (Victory through Patient Endurance, Jas 5:7-11)
1045am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Victory through Patient Endurance, Jas 5:7-11)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Christ, Taken Up into Heaven, Acts 1:8-11) 

26 May 2013
8 am Worship Service:
Rev Colin Wong (Victory through Truthful Speaking, Jas 5:12)
1045am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Victory through Truthful Speaking, Jas 5:12)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Christ, Our Great High Priest, Heb 7:14-28)

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13TH Singapore Company Girls’ Brigade (GB) based in Sembawang Secondary School

by Fong Yuen Han (sister Feng Wan Xian)

The Girls’ Brigade Singapore (GBS) is an international and interdenominational Christian Uniformed Youth Organisation for girls, recognised by Ministry of Education of Singapore as a Co-Curricular Activity in the schools.

The mission of GBS is to help girls develop to their fullest potential imbued with good Christian values, equipped with leadership skills and challenged to serve at home, in the local community and overseas.

Aim: To help girls to become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and through self-control, reverence and a sense of responsibility to find true enrichment of life.

Motto:  Seek, Serve and Follow Christ

Seek - Matthew 6:33,  “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Serve - Matthew 20:28, “Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Follow - Matthew 16:24, “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

Recognising that adolescence is a critical stage where youths battle with peer pressure and seeking self-identity among their peers, we seek to impart healthy attitudes and praise worthy godly girls through a wide-range of meaningful activities.

The Beginning

The company was almost facing a closure in October 2011 due to low enrolment of 13 girls (from Sec 1 to 4) when the previous sponsoring church decided to withdraw support. This church has been supporting the company since 2001. Due to lack of manpower support, it decided to withdraw from this ministry. As the teacher-in-charge then, I was burdened to see the impending closure of the company as I see GB as an outreach ministry to the non-Christian girls in my school to hear God’s word. After much prayers and advice from a few sisters in Life Church, I approached Life Church to consider sponsoring the company. With the blessings and support from the Church Elders and Session members, GB 13th Company is now one of the outreach ministries in Life Church. It is indeed a privilege to play a part in this meaningful ministry that helps girls to find their true purpose in life.

Now

The girls in the company come from mostly non-Christian background. This year, we have a bountiful enrolment of 16 Sec 1 girls, leading to the total strength of 34 girls. They range from the age of 13 to 17 years old. These girls have all kinds of needs – physical, emotional, social and financial. The GB four-fold programme, which is based on Luke 2:52 – “Jesus grew in wisdom (educational), and stature (physical), in favour with God (spiritual), and man (social)” – is aimed to help them find true enrichment of life through our Lord Jesus Christ.

A wide array of meaningful, engaging and age-appropriate activities are organised to match the four-fold programme. Our weekly programme consists of singspiration, Christian devotions, games/drills, badgework and coaching of the squads and student leaders.

As the teacher-in-charge I have planned the programmes in consultation with my colleagues, two Christian teachers and our student leaders. The devotions/spiritual lessons are planned in consultation with the church chaplain, Rev Charles Seet. We have also planned overnight camps and Easter/Christmas celebrations as occasions for us to share the gospel with the girls and their families.

Our weekly parade is on Wednesday from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. We are seeking for church members who are able to avail themselves on this day and time of the week to be a befriender of the girls. You can support us by teaching specialised skills like playing the guitar/ukulele, baking cupcakes, doing handicraft works, or sharing biblical stories.

Hebrews 10:24,  “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”

Ephesians 6:6 ,7, “Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men. “

I believe that the girls and their families’ greatest need is to be rightly related to God and His will. We need to help girls grow into a right relationship with God. It is said that the church is the body of Christ on earth, taking the place of the Saviour who has returned to heaven. In Matthew 20:28, it is said that “Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many”. And that must be our attitude: sacrifice and service to the glory of God. As Pastor Colin Wong, has said, “To reach out to the world for Christ is not a one-man ministry. The Great Commission is given to the local church. Every Christian is a soul-winner.”

Matthew 28:18 – 20, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Sharing from By sister Grace Low who came to help during the recent March Camp

 “Greetings in the Name of our Lord: Jesus Christ. Thank God that He has given us this great opportunity to share the gospel and to serve in this new outreach ministry. At the start, the Girls’ Brigade sounded alien to me and it was only known to me as a school uniformed group CCA. I started to gain more knowledge on what the Girls’ Brigade is all about when sister Wan Xian shared her burden with some of us.

With much prayers and the Lord’s guidance, some of us participated at the Girls’ Brigade CCA Open House.  To my surprise, some of the girls and their parents were very receptive towards the idea of using the Bible as teaching material and good Christian values in GB.  By God’s providence, we have an increase in the number of Sec 1 girls choosing GB as their CCA as compared to the previous year.

The March Camp was another break through. We got to interact with the girls at a personal level at the Dorm sharing; they shared their thoughts of what friendship means to them after the devotional topics on “Friendship”.

We see God’s mighty hand in each step of the way; it has somehow become God’s open door to a great mission field. All Glory to the Lord!”

1 Thessalonians 3:12,  “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.”

Philippians 2:2,  “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”

When we serve God’s people, we serve God. We are saved by God’s mercy, in order to serve for God’s glory. – quoted from a sermon by Rev Charles Seet.”

Let me share briefly with you the activities that we had from January to April 2013.

- CCA Open House – A recruitment effort for Sec 1 girls to consider joining GB

- Badgework – Healthy Attitudes using ICT-Games and Discussion, Virtuous Women (Prov 31), Responsibility in the Home and Responsibility in the Church

- Welcome Parade – An introduction of GB to Sec 1 girls who are interested to join GB

- March Camp – Theme Verse (Josh 1:9)

- Easter Celebrations – Outreach

- Combined BB 58th, GB 13th and 79th Enrolment & Dedication Service @ New Life B-P Church

- Community Quest Challenge – Teams of Primary and Secondary Companies

If you are able and willing to serve, please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 30th June 2013

Time: 8 am & 10:45 am

Topic: O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?

Speakers:
Rev David Wong (English Service)

Pastor Willy Ng (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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2013 Combined B-P Youth Conference
This Friday24 May 13. 9.15am-4pm. Beulah Centre.  
“The Crossroad” by Rev Mathews Abraham.

Lunch will be provided. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.http://tinyurl.com/bpyouth2013.

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1) Church Camp Registration Office will be opened this Sunday 19 May over next 4 Sundays for camp fees payment.  Location will be at FEK Resource Room.  You should have received email on payment fees. Love gift to defray the cost are welcome.

2) VBS 2013 (5th to 7th June): Registration is now re-opened for P1s to P4s only.

Registration forms are available at the front of the Sanctuary. Registration may also be done online atwww.lifebpc.com/vbs. Do invite your friends too. Sign up now! Closing date: 24 May (Fri).

CONTACT: Russell Indran at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9188-9980.

3) VBS 2013 Staff Briefing (19th May, 12.30pm). Please note that there is a compulsory Staff Briefing for all VBS Helpers today. Kindly proceed to the Old Chinese Service Hall (9A Gilstead) to collect your packet lunch after second service. If you are driving, please park your car at Beulah carpark. For more information regarding VBS, contact Russell at 9188-9980.

4) Catechism Class for Anniversary 2013 Baptism will commence on 7 Jul 13, 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) Elder Ng Beng Kiong and family would like to thank Lifers for their prayers and  kind condolences during the homegoing of his mother on 7 May 13. 

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet at Sharon BPC, 4.00 pm and Evening Service, 6.00 pm. Rev Wong at  AF, 1.15 pm.

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

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11