As a church, we are committed to supporting the latest government directives while continuing to function in community, by putting reasonable precautions in place.
In response to the enhanced measures to minimise further spread of COVID-19 announced by the government’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce on 24 March 2020 – which provides that religious services and congregations will be suspended and the sizes of social gatherings are limited to 10 or few people at any one point – here are some of the measures that will be implemented across Brighton Community Church as a whole, beginning with the weekend of 4th and 5th April 2020:
1. CG-based Home Gatherings
For the month of April, with effect from the weekend of 4th and 5th April, we will be gathering in modified Cell Groups known as CG-based Home Gatherings (“CHG”) in members’ homes in place of our regular weekend services (i.e. Saturdays for Youth service; Sundays for Mandarin and English services). The CHG will also replace our usual weekly Friday evening Cell Group meetings.
The CHGs will be formed by organising existing Cell Groups into smaller groups of no more than 10 members each, either by halving the number of people in each Cell Group, or assigning some of the members to form a new group with members of another Cell Group.
Giving is an integral and important part of our act of worship. We urge all members to continue giving faithfully and generously in the CHG. Offering will be taken up for our General, Building and Missions Funds in all gatherings.
2. Rekindle Conference 2020
Due to restrictions imposed by both the authorities in both Singapore and Malaysia, we regret that the pastoral team has decided to cancel the June Rekindle Conference in Malaysia.
As the pastoral and staff team are still exploring local possibilities for the Rekindle weekend, please keep 13th–14th June (Saturday and Sunday) vacant on your calendars. You may proceed to cancel any leave they may have taken for 12th June (Friday) and 15th June (Monday). More details to follow.
As you are all aware, the latest government directive prohibits all gatherings with more than 250 people. We have come up with various possible options which will enable us to reduce the group size of our services to comply with that limit. However, after much consideration, we decided that as a church we want to support the national effort to promote social distancing for this time period. At the same time, we believe that the church must continue to function in community, with reasonable precautions in place. As such, for the month of April, all Brighton corporate weekend services will be replaced by CG-based Home Worship Services.
1. Online Live Streaming (Until and including 29th March)
Church-Online Streaming Services and CG by Videoconference
We have made the decision to move all remaining Brighton worship services (Youth, Mandarin and English) for the month of March to the Church-Online platform via live-streaming. This is applicable for this weekend (21 and 22 March 2020) as well as the next weekend (28 and 29 March 2020). Cell Groups will be conducted at the usual times by Videoconference.
2. CG-based Home Worship Services (Beginning 4th and 5th April)
For the month of April, with effect from 4th of April, we will be gathering in our cell groups in place of our regular weekend services (i.e. Saturday for Youth service; Sunday for Mandarin & English service). The CG-based Home Worship Services will replace our weekly Friday evening cell group meetings.
In our cell groups, we will worship, watch a sermon, do sermon discussions, take communion and pray for one another. These sermons will not be available on public live-streaming platforms; they will only be made available at the weekend Home Worship Services in each cell group.
Giving is part of our act of worship. So, at our cell group meetings, do continue to give your offerings towards the General, Missions and Building Funds. Alternatively, you can give through our PayNow option. More information about giving can be found on brighton.org.sg/give
As we are called to be salt and light in this world, let us not give up on meeting together in small groups, and all the more, as we are living in a time when people are searching for a living hope and true peace. Our cell group gatherings are the best platforms that we can utilise to extend an invitation for someone to hear the Good News and for them to encounter God, while being genuinely cared for by our members.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update you on this page if anything changes. In the meantime, let’s continue to remember that our ultimate confidence and trust is in the God who causes all things to work for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.