Message from Pastor Jeremy Seaward

Updated as of 20 June 2020

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JEREMY SEAWARD

PREVIOUS MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JEREMY SEAWARD - 21 APR 2020

In accordance with the Circuit Breaker measures in place from 7 Apr to 1 Jun, all services in our Service Locations will be suspended till further notice. Join us online for one of our service! More details here.

During this period, our Connect Groups will also be meeting online. You can check in with your Connect Group Leader for more information. If you are not a part of a Connect Group yet, you can contact your Regional Office to get connected with one.

While all corporate and regional offices will be closed during this time, you can still contact your Regional Office if you need any assistance. 

We would also love to continue to pray for you and minister to you during this season. You can call or Whatsapp our Pastoral Care Hotline at 8940 9700 or email [email protected].

You can also tune in to our live shows happening throughout the week. More details can be found here.

 

Be vigilant in taking the necessary precautions regarding your own health, especially if you have been travelling or are planning to travel overseas. MOH’s recommended personal hygiene practices can be found here, and more information on the wearing and disposal of masks can be found here. You can also stay updated of the evolving situation and any relevant advisories via the ministry’s website at www.moh.gov.sg.

In this season, let’s keep our eyes fixed on God and be in prayer for our nation and those on the frontlines. We’re believing for a great time in church and in God’s presence.

PREVIOUS MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JEREMY SEAWARD - 15 MAR 2020

A month ago, I spoke with all of you about what our church is doing in response to the COVID-19 situation in Singapore. We have put in place temperature checks and enhanced sanitisation at all our facilities, stepped up precautionary measures for Victory Kids, cancelled and postponed some events and meetings, and reduced physical contact in our services. I want to thank everyone involved in these measures for serving faithfully and helping to keep us safe.

 

This week, the Prime Minister assured the nation that we are not going to DORSCON Red. In fact, Singapore is coping well with the COVID-19 situation. But out of precaution and in view of the escalating situation abroad, MOH has issued an advisory to religious groups to keep the sizes of gatherings under 250 where possible. We thank God that VFC’s regional structure already keeps our gatherings relatively small, and we will be taking the following temporary measures to go into multiple services to safeguard your health and safety and to keep the size of each service to around or below 250.

 

  • From 15 March, we will move to having four locations for our evening services instead of the usual two.
    • VFC Sembawang: Regions 1/2
    • VFC Tampines: Regions 3/4 and 5/6
    • VFC Rubikon: Regions 7/8 and 9/10
    • VFC Choa Chua Kang: Regions 11 and 12

 

  • From 22 March, we will run two morning services at each regional location, at 9.30am and 11.30am.
    • Regions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and 12 will meet at 9.30am
    • Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 will meet at 11.30am
    • Mandarin services will meet at 9.30am
    • Filipino service at VFC Rubikon will meet at 11.30am
    • All other language services will meet at their usual service timings

 

  • With this new schedule of services, we will also be suspending our Life in the Word (LIW) and School of Christian Growth (SCG) classes for the next quarter beginning in April.

 

We have also taken time to carefully evaluate church-wide events that are coming up. Because of the rapidly changing situation and for your well-being and safety, we will:

 

  • Postpone our Water Baptism service and Mandarin Next Step Encounters in April

 

  • Cancel our annual Church and Youth Camps in June. The camps are an important part of the life of our church. With many indicating in the survey we conducted on 8 March that they would not be attending, and in light of the social distancing measures and increasing travel advisories, we will not be holding church and youth camp this year. We are looking at whether we can still have special meetings in Singapore with our camp speakers and will keep you updated.

 

For all other ministry events and activities, your respective ministry heads and leaders will be in touch with you.

 

As we take these measures to be socially responsible and keep us safe, I want to remind everyone that this is not a time to shrink back in fear, but to be in an attitude of prayer and faith. This is what the Bible says about how we should respond:

 

I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

 

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. Matt 5:14-16

 

Continue to pray for our nation and serve the needs of others. Now, more than ever before, the church needs to stand up to bring the hope and love of Jesus to those who need it most. I am confident that with God, we will get through this trying time and we will see His hand upon each and every one of you.

Pastor Jeremy Seaward

15 Mar 2020

PREVIOUS MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JEREMY SEAWARD - 16 FEB 2020

I know many are concerned regarding the COVID-19 situation and the implementation of DORSCON Code Orange in Singapore. This has been an unsettling time for many. In light of this, I would like to update you on what we as a church are doing in response and preparation, and set some expectations for the future.

VFC has been following MOH’s advisories and has put in place measures over the last few weeks. These include temperature checks, enhanced disinfecting of high-touch surfaces, and ensuring there is even greater caution with children and the elderly. The best defense still remains good personal hygiene. While we have made hand sanitisers available, we encourage everyone to wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. MOH has advised that transmission without symptoms is highly unlikely. However, even mild symptoms can increase the chance of transmission. So if you are at all unwell, we would advise you to stay at home.

Recently, the Minister for Health met with church leaders in Singapore and encouraged churches to continue holding services, reassuring us that the government has no intention of moving to DORSCON Code Red in the near future. As a leadership team, we have decided that we will be continuing our services with stepped up hygiene routines. As a precaution to minimise any unforeseen spread, we have reviewed the church calendar for the next 4-6 weeks and postponed gatherings that have high inter-region mixing. These include our Leaders Outing, Next Step Encounters, and various ministry meetings. We will monitor the situation and review this again in the coming weeks.

In times like this, we should exercise wisdom. But as believers, we should also not be filled with fear. Rather, this is a moment for the Church to rise up to pray for our nation and those affected, serve the needs of others, and model a right response. Hebrews 10:25 instructs that we should not neglect gathering together. In fact, this was written to a church in crisis! Of all times, this is the moment we should encourage one another, stand together, and be a place where people can receive hope in Jesus.

If the situation heightens to a serious degree, we are prepared to continue as a church through home-based meetings. While we pray it doesn’t come to this, we do want everyone to be aware and prepared. 

Let’s continue to pray for divine intervention and be the light that God has called us to be in Singapore.