National Day Thanksgiving Service 2014

14 August 2014
7:45pm
Venue : St Andrew’s Cathedral

The Service for 2014 was held on Thursday 14 August at 7.45pm at the St Andrew’s Cathedral. The Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup, President of NCCS & Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore was the speaker. The message was on “ Arise O Lord!” taken from Psalm 9: 19.

GC/AGM Meetings, 29 April 2014

Venue: St Andrew’s Cathedral

●  Highlights of 4th GC meeting at 5pm

Welcoming  new members to NCCS membership:
Abundant Life Baptist Church as Congregational member and
Alpha Singapore as Associate member.

●  Highlights of 40th AGM meeting at 6pm

1.  Elected new office bearers to the Council for term 2014-2016:
a)   President :         Rev. Dr. Wee Boon Hup
b)   Vice President:  Bishop Terry Kee Buck Hwa
c)   Vice President:  Bishop Rennis Solomon Mohanrajkumar
s/o Ponniah
d)   Vice President:  Rt. Rev. Leow Khee Fatt
e)   Hon Treasurer:  Mr Chan Fook Kay

2.   Dates of General Committee meetings for 2014/2015:
(i)   1st GC meeting: 17 July 2014 (South Transept Hall, SAC)
(ii)  2nd GC meeting: 16 Oct 2014 (South Transept Hall, SAC)

3.   3rd GC meeting: 15 January 2015 (Prayer Hall A-C, SAC)

4.   4th GC &AGM meetings: 23 April 2015 (Prayer Hall A-C, SAC)

Harmony Games 2014

Organised by : Singapore Indian Association

Saturday 26 April 2014

Time : 8:00am – 12:00noon

The Harmony Games, supported by the Ministry of Community, Development, Youth and Sport, is an annual event held to engage youths from various faith groups to bond and interact with one another.

The Harmony Games 2014 was successfully conducted by the Hindu Endowments Board and Hindu Advisory Board at Singapore Indian Association Grounds along Balestier Road, Singapore. The event attracted many youths and family members who participated in various sporting activities under the theme, “ Play together , friends forever.”

The event was graced by the presence of the Acting Minister of the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth ( MCCY ), Mr Lawrence Wong, as our Guest-of- Honour.

The Seminar on Copyright Laws 2014

Saturday 29 March 2014 Venue: South Transept of St Andrew’s Cathedral

The Seminar on Copyright Laws conducted by NCCS was held on 29 March 2014 at the South Transept of the St Andrew’s Cathedral. The panel of speakers led by our Chairperson Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai were Elder Jonathan Kok, Mr Soh Kar Liang and Mr Byran Tan. The sessions were well received by 140 participants from 60 churches of NCCS membership. Through their feedback, participants expressed deep appreciation to the clear and excellent presentations.

By the various speakers and gratefulness to NCCS for the publication and distribution of the simple booklet on “ A Guide to Copyright Laws” for music and video use in worship and Church events.

From the feedback forms collected, participants affirmed that the following objectives of the seminar were well met.

  • Basic Understanding of Copyright
  • What Constitute infringement and fair dealings from various scenerios in church setting
  • Clarity on Section 42 of the Act

We wish to take this opportunity to thank the Dean and staff of St Andrew’s Cathedral for the use of the ST hall for the event and all participants from the churches.

Submitted by

Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai
Council member , NCCS

Jubilee Day of Prayer (JDOP)

05 July 2015 Venue: Singapore Sports Hub

JDOP event is the largest multi-denominational Christian event in Singapore’s history and is part of a series of event to mark Singapore’s 50th year of independence. 51,000 were at the Singapore Sports Hub and there were many others who joined the online live streaming to celebrate this event with concerted prayer and thanksgiving to our Almighty God.

GC/AGM Meetings 2015

23 April 2015 Venue: St Andrew’s Cathedral

 

●  Highlights of 4th GC meeting at 5pm

●  Highlights of 41st AGM meeting at 6pm

1) Welcoming New Member: Community of Praise Baptist Church as
Congregational member.
Senior Pastor: Rev George Butron
Mission and Vision: Loving Relationships
Registered with ROS on 18 Dec 1987
Website: www.cpbc.org.sg
Address: 18 Boon Lay Way
#04-127 Trade Hub 21
Singapore 609966

2.   Dates of General Committee meetings for 2015:
(i)   1st GC meeting: 16 July 2015
(ii)  2nd GC meeting: 15 Oct 2015

3.   Dates of General Committee meetings for 2016:
(i)   3rd GC meeting: 21 Jan 2016
(ii)  4th GC & AGM meetings: 21 Apr 2016

Harmony Games 2015

Organised by : Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore

Saturday: 7 Feb 2015

Time : 9:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m.
The Harmony Games and SG 50 celebrations held at Bishan on Sat, 7 Feb 2015 was hosted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore, headed by His Grace Archbishop William Goh. This event is jointly organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Interreligious Dialogue (ACCIRD), Catholic High School and Guangyang Secondary School. It  was also supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and the National Steering Committee on Racial and Religious Harmony.

The event with the theme “Regardless of Race or Religion” is a day of celebration of Singapore racial and religious harmony coinciding with SG50 celebrations for the year. Several of our churches participated in the competitive games of soccer and telematch. There were also food and funfair stalls at the two covered pavilions at the intersection of Bishan Street 11 and Bishan Street 13 to liven up the event.  MCCY Minister Mr Lawrence Wong was the Guest of Honour for the event which ended with a lunch with other religious and community leaders and prize giving for the game winners at Catholic High School (Secondary) hall.

We are deeply grateful to the organisers for their diligent and dedicated efforts in making the event a success, memorable and enjoyable to all who participated.

 

Update on Lady Gaga Saga, 30 November 2012

National Council of Churches of Singapore

Update on Lady Gaga Saga

30 November 2012

News of Protests against Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Tour in Korea and other Asian Countries hit the news from 22 April 2012 and she performed amidst protests on 27 April in Korea. These were followed by news of angry protests in the Philippines following her performance on 18 May 2012.

This attracted our attention and we began to find out more about her and her performances.

Concerned about the profanity and blasphemous content of her performances, we requested that this be discussed at the National Steering Committee for racial and religious Harmony on 23 May 2012.

Our concern was received and assurance was given that the performances will be closely monitored.

When it was clear that the content was indeed offensive, calls were made to MDA as well as letters written to protest. These resulted in us being invited by the CEO of MDA, Mr. Aubeck Kam for a meeting on 2 July 2012 to discuss the issue.

The meeting ended well with the CEO of MDA agreeing to look into the following:

(1)        A letter of Apology to the Christian Community via the Catholic Church, NCCS and LoveSingapore.

(2)        Ways to ensure such offensive acts do not happen again.

(3)        To consult the respective religious body when MDA is unsure of the impact of content of any impending events.

Finally, a letter dated 8 October 2012 was received from Mr. Aubeck Kam, CEO of MDA, thanking us for bringing the matter to their attention as well as our meeting with them. They recognized that some segment of the content offended some sector of the community and promised to take that into consideration in future ratings.  They promised to be more stringent in future ratings of religious contents.

We responded with a letter, thanking them for listening to our concern and their promise of a more stringent rating BUT, in view of the sensitivities and strong sentiments, a mere higher rating is not good enough.  We strongly urged them to strictly enforce their guidelines and regulations – in other words, contents that denigrate, ridicule or offend any religion or religious symbols and icons should never be allowed.   We also offered ourselves (The NCCS) to assist the MDA in the event when they are unsure if certain content is offensive to the Christian Community.

We hope to bring the whole episode to a close at the next NSC meeting by having the NSC endorse the call to respect and protect all religions and religious symbols from abuse in Singapore.

–     BISHOP TERRY KEE
President
National Council of Churches of Singapore
30 November 2012

Statement to the Press regarding CHC Police Case 26 June 2012

National Council of Churches of Singapore
Public Statement
(For immediate Release)

Statement to the Press regarding CHC Police Case
26 June 2012

Greetings from NCCS!

The following is the statement released by Bishop Terry Kee, President of NCCS.

The National Council of Singapore is saddened to hear of the arrest of Pastor Kong Hee and four other individuals connected with the City Harvest Church for alleged criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts of the said church.

We appreciate the clarification by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affair that the charges filed by CAD are against the five individuals and not the City Harvest Church (CHC) itself.

Members of the Christian community are united in disapproving any misuse of public or institutional funds, including money raised by or given to churches. Dishonesty in financial matters is clearly contrary to the teaching of the church.

As this is now before the court, it is important that we avoid speculation or pre- judgement into this matter and allow the legal process to take its course.

We call upon the Christian community to pray for every person connected to City Harvest Church that they may not lose faith in God who loves them and promises to be with them through it all , as they go through this difficult time.

We also seek the understanding of fellow Singaporeans not to react against the church or churches in Singapore.

Yours,

Terry

Through the office of

Elder Richard Chong
Executive Secretary
National Council of Churches of Singapore
B1-27 The Adelphi,
1 Coleman Street ,Singapore 179803
Tel: 63368177 Fax: 63368178
Email: richard@nccs.org.sg

Statement on the Articles of FHM March 2012 Issue – 2 March 2012

National Council of Churches of Singapore
Public Statement
(For immediate Release)

 IN RESPONSE TO THE ARTICLES ON FHM MARCH 2012 ISSUE

2 March 2012

 We refer to two articles: “Which of These Celebs Might Secretly be Jesus?” and “Jesus 2.0: What Can We Expect?” published in the March issue of FHM magazine in Singapore.

 We find the articles highly objectionable and deplorable as they make fun of the Lord Jesus Christ who is worshipped by Christians. These articles appear during the holy season of Lent when Christians remember the sufferings and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and they cause serious offence and hurt the sensitivities of the Christian community. We request the authorities to look into the matter and ensure that the objectionable material is removed, and that the gross disrespect against any religions and its religious figures who are held sacred by a religious community, such as in this instance, is not repeated. Such offensive articles threaten the religious harmony that we work so hard to build and maintain.

 It has become fashionable to depict religions through the media and films in ways that are offensive to religious communities, and the outcome can only be increased ill-will and hostility. Our society must be on guard against such trends.

 It cannot be right, under any circumstances, to grossly offend the sensitivity of any religious group.

 We urge Christians to focus on the observations of Lent and to pray, like Jesus, for those who offend and hurt.

BISHOP DR ROBERT SOLOMON
President
National Council of Churches of Singapore

 BISHOP DR JOHN CHEW
BISHOP TERRY KEE
RT REV STEVEN GAN
Vice-Presidents
National Council of Churches of Singapore