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25th Anniversary of SPC as Cell Church: Glorify God; Edify Others
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments. (Deuteronomy 7:9)
The Parochial Church Council (PCC) had their first meeting of the year last Thursday. Among the agenda of the meeting was SPC’s 25th Anniversary as a Cell Church. We thank God for His leading and grace upon our Church since our transition to Cell Church structure in 1993. We have seen the exponential growth of SPC from 700 (1992) to 2500 (2017). We even reached a high attendance of 3500 (2004) before releasing a few of our daughter churches to be independent churches/parishes. We thank God for the strong support and service of the lay people in evangelism, cell leadership and ministries. We also thank God for the pastors and full-time workers raised in the past 25 years. In line with our theme of Glory to Glory, we have adopted the key principles of Cell Church which are Glorify God; Edify Others as the focus of this year.
The PCC also felt that we need a “second wind” (refresher) in moving forward. Therefore, we decided to have Cell Leaders’ Retreat for all our zones to refresh and recharge. The PCC has also decided to have a professional church management and ministry audit to ascertain our strengths and weaknesses. This will also help us to identify areas of improvement. More information will be given in the near future.
Another pressing matter was concerning church cemetery. The PCC is now looking into opening our new church cemetery at Membalua (Mile 11) as our current cemetery at Mile 7-1/2 is nearly full. A sub-committee has been set up to work out the details. We should be able to present the drawing plans to the members by April 2018.
So stay tuned as this will be another year of exciting journey with God. May this prayer of Moses, the man of God, be also yours and mine: “May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.” (Psalm 90:17)
- Bishop John Yeo