I hope that all of you are well and walking by faith. By now, I am sure you are aware of the heightened measures implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore.
The Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) sent a letter, dated 26 March 2020, to all religious leaders regarding what these increased measures meant to places and gatherings of worship.
Part of that letter reads as follows: “Based on the 24 Mar MOH advisory on tighter measures to minimise further spread of COVID-19, all congregational worship and religious services will be suspended from 26 Mar 2020, 2359 hrs to 30 Apr 2020. “
This presents a quandary to churches because, on the one hand, we seek to obey God’s Word in Hebrews 10:25, not to neglect the gathering together of God’s people. On the other hand, we also desire to pray- and work – for the shalom (well-being) of our city (based on Jeremiah 29:7). This is the challenge to OasisCF as well. My view is that we can do both.
To pray and work for the well-being of our city, therefore, Sunday services at OCF are suspended with immediate effect until 30 April 2020, in line with the MCCY’s guideline. Beyond that, we’ll see how the situation goes. In it’s place, I will be looking at how best to do either a pre-recorded video or a livestream so that we can continue to dive into God’s Word together. My aim is to launch this on 5 April 2020.
In order not to neglect the gathering of the saints, we can keep in touch via WhatsApp or Viber. We are allowed to meet up (as long as no more than 10 people) so please do take the opportunity to catch up with fellow OCFers and other Christian friends. (Note: I suggest that physical meet-ups only be done when necessary.)
As far as possible, the church office will be open on weekdays from around 8am till 3pm. In case you need a place to pray or need to talk in person, feel free to come down. I suggest you WhatsApp me before coming down.
In the meantime, do take care of yourselves. Eat healthily to build up your immunity, rest and exercise. If you find yourself with nothing to do, pray, read or do something to exercise your mind. And, of course, if you feel unwell, please consult a doctor as soon as you can.I know the Lord will see us through this so let us keep in step with the Holy Spirit. If He opens a door for you to go through, go through it! There may be opportunities to minister to family members, friends or strangers during this time so let us stay alert to His prompting.
“May the Lord bless you and protect you;
may the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
may the Lord look with favour on you and give you peace.”