26 Sep 2021

Dear family in Christ

The new congregation plant, Caleb Fellowship, was launched on Saturday, 25 September 2021 (4.00 pm) at YMCA Orchard Road. All thanks and praise be to God.

The Lord has given Rev George & Mrs Eunice Tay a burden to reach out to those 60 years old and above who have yet to experience the love of Christ. Bishop Titus Chung has given his approval to Rev George to start this new church plant and also for St John’s Chapel to provide the ecclesiastical covering for Caleb Fellowship.

Please see below write-up by Rev George on the background thinking for this new church plant.

“Traditionally, senior citizens in Singapore who are 60 years old and above are predominantly Chinese-speaking. However, the demographic pattern has changed and currently most of the senior citizens are now English-speaking.  Out of a population of about 5.6 million, roughly 20% are 60 years old & above. This works out to about 1.12 million senior citizens in Singapore, the majority by far may have yet to experience the love of Christ in their lives. It is understandable that senior citizens would be more responsive towards those of their own generation than that of their children. It takes a senior citizen to better relate to a fellow senior citizen.

The average length of life for Singaporeans is currently around 83 years  for men and around 87 years for women. About 50% of Singaporeans will live up to their eighties and around 25% will live up to their nineties. There are currently about 1,500 centenarians in Singapore. The challenge for senior citizens would be to have reasonable quality of health and meaningful interests and activities, that would give them a fulfilling purpose in life.  However, even a healthy lifestyle would not be a guarantee for anyone to be free of major illnesses, such as cancer, stroke, heart attack, covid-19, etc.

Hence, there is a sense of urgency for senior citizens to experience the love of Christ, so that the remaining years of their lives would be meaningful and fulfilling.”

If you would like to find out more about Caleb Fellowship, please be welcomed to speak with the Vicar or Rev George. Let us remember Rev George & Mrs Eunice Tay and Caleb Fellowship in our prayers regularly.

Pastor John

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