Who We Are

Church of Singapore (COS) was established in 1963 as an independent charismatic local church. We believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

 

Over the years, God has blessed us greatly. We presently have over 4,000 members worshipping in 15 different weekly Services. As a family church, our congregation is a diverse mix of young people and elderly folk from all walks of walks of life.

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Our Church's Theme

Strengthening Our Family Church

Loving God, Uniting Generations, Transforming Communities

COVID-19 has changed every aspect of physical human interaction. The Church and our Christian lives have always been communal – we met physically to fellowship, to study the bible, to have Life Group, to worship God, to pray, and to do many other aspects of Kingdom work together. Our preachers who delight in sharing the Word of God in front of a congregation have had to re-learn how to preach before a camera, and our pastoral staff who are usually there to share life’s moments with you have had to learn to communicate over phone and video calls. Living in a pandemic has taken its toll on everyone, the Church included. 

Despite these upheavals, God remains our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we do not fear or grow weary, for it is in Him that we can have peace. We can continue to put our trust in God as He will supply our strength. We can remain faithful, lean in for a deeper relationship with God, fighting the good fight and running the race well. 

We are thankful for God’s blessing upon Church of Singapore (COS) during these times – just as we have been blessed, COS will continue to bless others. We praise the Lord that COS has been able to achieve our goals and work towards our church theme in the year 2021. After much prayer and deliberation, the leadership felt very strongly that COS will continue with this theme in 2022 for it is still the word for us in this current season. 

Loving God, Uniting Generations, Transforming Communities

Loving God

God is the beginning and the end of all things – the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last. He is first in rank, honour, power, authority and glory. We have been called to put God first in every aspect of our life. But this would only feel like a burden if it is done without love. How then, do we grow to love God? It can only be through spending time with Him.

In today’s context where so many things compete for our attention and the hours in a day do not seem enough, we need to make a conscious effort to set aside time to spend with God. This could be in the form of daily Bible reading, daily prayer and conversations with God, committing to a Life Group, and attending Worship Services faithfully. 

Technological advances have made it incredibly convenient for us to attend Worship Services remotely – whether at home or overseas. While this has helped those who are medically or physically unable to attend Worship Services on-site and helped us connect with church members who are overseas, it is not to be taken advantage of. It is important to continue attending Worship Services on-site for the following reasons:

  1. Because God says so (Heb 10:25)
  2. To teach the next generation to love the church through observation of our actions
  3. Because iron sharpens iron (Pro 27:17)
  4. To participate in corporate worship as a congregation of believers
  5. To hear the preaching of the Word (Heb 4:12)
  6. To partake in Holy Communion corporately (1Cor 11:20-22)

Uniting Generations

Being a family church, we have multiple generations spanning across a wide age range worshipping together. Each generation views and experiences God differently. What may appear to be an act of sacrificial love by one generation, may come across as rude and callous to another. The only way to bridge this gap is to communicate and make friends across generations. 

Intergenerational community that is clearly described in Titus 2, is a part of God’s vision for the church. It paints a beautiful picture of loving friendship across generations. While spending time with people of different generations might bring to light differing preferences and beliefs, it can also lead us back to God’s Word as these conflicts expose blind spots in our generation. 

In recent years, there has been a lack of intergenerational bonding, and there is a great desire to return to a multigenerational community in COS. We recognise the importance of inculcating and fostering this culture within the church. In order to create opportunities to bring different generations of the church closer together, there will be more combined Worship Services, prayer meetings, mission trips, and other church-related activities. As members of this family church, let us seek to create a common identity. Let us craft a new language that can be used across all generations that tells others “this is who we are”. 

Transforming Communities

Presently, COS supports and is involved in the following community outreaches:

  • Tung Ling Community Services
  • Tung Ling Student Care Centre
  • Tung Ling PreSchool Education
  • Tung Ling Counselling Centre
  • St Luke’s Hospital
  • St Luke’s ElderCare

We thank God that despite our limited resources and circle of influence, God has used our community outreaches mightily to reach out and significantly transform our community. We are also thankful to be able to launch Tung Ling Counselling Centre in 2021 and convert Tung Ling Kindergarten into Tung Ling PreSchool Education last year. 

During Jesus’ ministry, He taught the disciples how to view and treat those in poverty or who are in need. “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” Pro 19:17

It is clear in the New Testament that this ministry is not an obligation for individuals, but also an obligation for the church. Today, with increasing poverty, violence and injustice in the world, the role of the Church to embrace, engage and be an agent for transformation becomes more important than ever. The Church is called to make the world a better place for all by upholding justice, peace and harmony. This is only possible with you. We urge you to set aside time and resources, however much or little you are able, to find out more and get involved in one of our community outreaches. 

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, living in a pandemic has slowed us down, destablise many things that we have been used to, and brought us into unprecedented times. It is also an opportunity for us to examine our priorities and re-focus our eyes on God and our relationships with the people around us. Heb 10:25 is clear on our obligation to fellowship with one another, so that we may meet each others’ needs, encourage, inspire and spur each other on in our faith (Heb 3:13; Col 3:16). We are called to “hold fast” to our faith and grow in spiritual maturity. The Great Commission in Mat 28:18-20 did not merely call us to talk about Jesus, but to “make disciples”. Let us all do our part to strengthen our family church for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Bro Foong Daw Ching
Elder Board Chairman
02.01.2022

Our History

  • Moving into the Future

    By 2007, our congregation size has grown to over 3,000 members. And in 2013, we celebrated our 50th anniversary with a series of celebratory events – an Open House, a Combined Church Camp, High Praise and a Thanksgiving Celebration Dinner. As we continue to grow and expand, construction works started for the building of a new hall, Zion Hall, and it was completed in 2019.

    2007 - PRESENT

  • Growing and Expanding

    1996 - 2006

  • Transiting to our Permanent Location

    By the late 1980s, the church membership has grown to approximately 1,000. Our leaders started engaging the owners of 145 Marine Parade Road to purchase the property. In 1987, the owner finally agreed to sell the freehold property to us. Praise the Lord!

    In 1989, the old building was demolished and construction of the new building began. During this time, our services were held in Odeon Katong Theatre and 41 Koon Seng Road. The new building was finally completed in 1992.

    To better serve our community, we joined hands with three other churches and para-church organisations to found St Luke’s Hospital in 1991. Tung Ling Student Care Centre was also set up in 1995.

    1985 - 1995

  • Establishing the Church

    As the church grew, there was a pressing need for more space. In 1977, the chief tenant offered us the chief tenancy of 145 Marine Parade Road on the condition that we continued to operate a school under the name “Tung Ling”. With that, “Tung Ling Bible School” was established in 1978.

    We also branched out into Church of Singapore (Balestier) in 1979, Church of Singapore (Bukit Timah) in 1981, Church of Singapore (Woodlands) in 1987 and eventually, Church of Singapore (Harvest) in 1996.

    Apart from branching out, we also sent our first missionaries for church planting work in 1977.

    1974 - 1984

  • The Pioneer Years

    Our first meeting place was under a canvas roof at 8 Siglap Plain. As the number of believers increased, a new meeting place was urgently needed and we started meeting in an old bungalow at Mt Sophia that was due for demolition. At this time, the number of English-speaking members increased and the service language was changed to English and Mandarin.

    In 1965, a church member learnt that the rooftop of a pre-war control building was available for rental. After successful negotiations, we moved into 145 Marine Parade Road.

    1963 - 1973

  • Our Founding Elders

    Church of Singapore was founded by the late Bro Goh Ewe Kheng, the late Bro Cheng Kai Ho, and the late Bro Huang Jen Shen. In 1963, there was a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Singapore and Malaysia. Many Christians, including our 3 founding elders, were baptised in the Holy Spirit. Church of Singapore was founded in December 1963 to take care of these newly Spirit-filled Christians who were hungry for the Word of God and knowledge of the Holy Spirit.

    DECEMBER 1963

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