We are a group of earnest learners with ages ranging from early 20s to 70s, studying the Word of God each week – seeking to be grounded and established in our faith and applying this faith through the various seasons of our life.
As a Sunday School department, we worship GOD together, focussing our minds and hearts on HIM, singing praises and giving thanks to HIM. In our classes, we study the Word of GOD carefully, seeking to discover and deepen our knowledge of GOD, the authorial intent of the Bible passages and applying the lessons into our daily lives. We pray together and learn to support one another in prayer. As the Apostle Paul says in Colossians 1 : 10 – 11
“That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy”
Our hope and prayer is that at whatever phase of our life, our faith would be one that is alive, strong, real and distinctive – marked by our Christian walk and evidence of fruits in our lives.
Teachers & Classes
40+4 Anniversary (Hong Suen)
“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.”
We at Bethany truly have every reason to proclaim the Lord’s most marvellous works in our midst! Just this year alone, we beheld how the Lord wonderfully enabled the completion of Bethany IV, opened up new ministries – the Special Needs and Photography — and raised up choice men to be trained as Student Pastors, one of whom will be commissioned at our anniversary worship service on 27 August! I stand in awe of how the Lord has unmistakably led and blessed Bethany all these years and cannot but praise Him with my whole heart! I pray that as people who are called by His name, we will also in turn always seek to love and honour the Lord with all our hearts, all our minds and all our strength!
40+4 Anniversary (Mary)
The Book of Acts showed how the first century church grew and the believers stepping up to see to the different needs of the church members. Bethany 40+4 Anniversary reminds me of the first century church.
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship in the breaking of bread and in prayers”
“So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Thank God for His wonderful works in the different ministries in Bethany! Especially in the Special Needs Ministry, Children and Teens worship and the next generation of pastors and leaders answering the call to serve.
May God continue to guide and lead Bethany in the deeper understanding of His words and continue to bless Bethany, God’s kind of church where people care for people.
40+4 Anniversary (Carol)
“O God, You have taught me from my youth;
And to this day I declare Your wondrous works.”
God found me while I was a youth. He revealed Himself as a personal, loving and great God. He taught me His Word, revealing many things about Himself I had never known before. And all this through the ministry of Bethany, and the tireless devotion of Pastor Charlie.
God has done a marvellous work through His church and His faithful servants here. I have been privileged to witness the growth of Bethany from a small fledgling congregation to what the Lord has blessed us with today. More than the obvious expansion from a small house church to our latest Bethany 4 building is God’s mighty work of touching and transforming the lives of many who have come through the gates of Bethany.
May Bethany always be the place where
• the lost soul is led to Christ,
• the lonely soul is given a sense of belonging in the family of God,
• the longing soul is fed God’s Word and equipped to serve and exalt Christ.
44 years of God’s goodness is surely reason to celebrate! To God be the glory!
40+4 Anniversary (Jane)
“I look forward to every church anniversary, because it is an annual reminder of how deeply grateful I am for Bethany, and how she must not be taken for granted. Bethany is truly God’s kind of church, with a strong emphasis on the Word of God and prayer, and where brethren sincerely care for each other.
I am very thankful for Pastor Charlie, who not only has a profound knowledge of Scripture, but is a shining example of a servant of God. Bethany is also blessed with Pastors Mark and Mitch, the student pastors and the session members, who labour ceaselessly for the church.
Most of all, the Lord is to be praised! It is particularly pertinent that Pastor has selected the theme “Establish The Work Of Our Hands For Us” as the theme for the months leading to the anniversary. It is evident that Bethany is where she is today because of the Lord’s establishment. I am reminded of the verse Zechariah 4:6 on our foundation stone:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.
This is something that we must always be mindful of. To God be the Glory!
40+4 Anniversary (Yong Jing)
Low Yong Jing
“He Who Has Begun a Good Work in You”
The following words of Paul resonates with me as I reflected on our 40th + 4 anniversary, and especially in contemplation of the works of God:
“..being confidant of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Phil 1:6
At the personal level:
These words have taken on new meaning as I enter into the mid point of my life while I continue to fulfill my role as a father. I thank God that I was led to Bethany in the most unlikely of situation while I was serving my NS some 20+ years ago. In retrospection, the faithful ministry of the word of God at Bethany has amazingly seen me through many phases of life – army, university, work, marriage, and fatherhood – leading, exhorting and at times, admonishing me each step of the way. This is the good work that God has started in me ever since I first stepped into Bethany. I am deeply conscious that I would not be where I am today, if it hadn’t been for the preaching and teaching ministry of the word of God at Bethany. Truly, having been deeply impacted, I am thankful that God has also counted me faithful and extended grace to me, where I could be part of the teaching ministry here at Bethany. At the personal level, as we embark on the (40 + 5)th year, I am deeply challenged to hold fast to these words of Paul, to be reminded that it is the Lord who establishes and completes the work He has started, and my role is to continue seeking His grace, wisdom and strength, in order to walk worthy of the sacred call to be a messenger of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ at SSS2.
At the corporate level:
Appreciating the words of Paul from a greater perspective of the church, I am especially thankful that I could be part of the history of Bethany as we transited from Bethany 2 to 3 and 4 today, and be able to witness the good works of God manifested in the way our church and its ministry (esp. the Sunday school ministry) has grown from strength to strength. The most significant work to date has to be how God has raised up godly and committed young men in our midst. They have turned their backs to what the world could offer, and committed their lives to serve the Lord full time and be trained as student pastors instead. The continual work that God is doing in each of their lives is truly a remarkable testament to the words of Paul. While they represent the new generation of Bethanians, by their example of faith, our children shall be inspired and challenged to run the same race of faith. Indeed, we can have every confidence that the Lord will be faithful to complete the good work that He had started at Bethany some 40+4 years ago.
40+4 Anniversary (Jacob)
44 years have passed since the beginning of Bethany at 20 Jalan Lakum.
Except for a handful, many of the offices are run by a new generation of faithful believers.
Many new ministries have been added and many more are committing to serve God either as full time staff or as lay people.
There is a dynamism in Bethany that is not seen in Singapore or in many other overseas churches. The regular and faithful older folks, the vibrancy of young adults, a committed teens group, a growing number of preteen youngsters and the preschool tiny tots have added to this unaccustomed growth. This must not be taken for granted. Almost all are committed to learn from the Word of God through the SS ministry, Weekly Bible study programs or through the various fellowship groups.
We thank the Almighty God for such gracious blessing upon Bethany. We thank God for the leadership that He has provided through His servant Pastor Charlie. I pray that this wisdom and leadership will be imitated by the next set of leaders.
Paul said in 1 Cor 11:1 “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”
Bethany continues to grow. This growth cannot stop. We need to see our sister churches in Australia, India and Myanmar also growing. Till we see Christ returning, we must carry on this work that he has commanded us to do. Mat 28:19, 20.
40+4 Anniversary (Peng Hui)
Tan Peng Hui
Time has wings.
We are celebrating Bethany’s 44 Anniversary!
Few accomplishments span more than 40 years. Bethany’s 44 years of faithful ministry reflects the glory of God.
The Lord’s presence with His chosen servants and His people these past years is evident. His blessings countless. We are the united people of the Lord. We have the same faith. We are filled by the same Holy Spirit. We serve the same Lord.
Let us allow God to continue to strengthen us with his might through His Spirit and Christ dwell in our hearts through faith (Ephesian 3:16-17). A church filled with Him will reflect His glory.
Wishing Bethany a blessed 44th Anniversary!
40+4 Anniversary (Alicia)
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered” Psalm 111:4
I want to offer a grateful heart of worship and praise to the Lord and extol His great name as we rejoice and celebrate Bethany’s 40 +4 anniversary
God has blessed Bethany richly over the years. His works in Bethany are many. By the grace of God, several ministries are sustained, some have expanded and new ministries are added.
More recently, we witnessed the reality of God’s grace thru our Bethany IV project from inception to completion. God’s faithful hand has guided, protected, provided and His presence was with us all the way. Getting the certificate of statutory completion for the A&A works within such a short time after TOP bears testimony to His amazing power and works.
I am also grateful for the several young men in our midst who have stepped forward and consider training for the full time ministry – this is a response to our prayers that the Church will have godly shepherd to lead Bethany to the future.
We pray that for generations to come, they will all see the significance and appreciate the glory of His works at Bethany and have their faith strengthened, a faith that will see them through the different seasons of life.
Happy anniversary Bethany !
40+4 Anniversary (Geraldine)
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His Holy Name.” Psalm 103 : 1
Thank You, LORD, for Your faithfulness shown to us these 44 years in Bethany I, II, III and IV.
This year we witnessed the completion of Bethany IV. We saw the power of GOD throughout the whole A&A project, how GOD protected with zero accident and approval for building usage were given step by step as we had prayed. Now, we are worshipping in a beautiful two-storey sanctuary with the whole church space extended for expanded and new areas of ministries. GOD is amazing. Praise HIS Name.
The LORD has raised a new generation of pastoral team who have given their lives to be trained under Pastor Charles. Thank GOD for each person and for Pastor Charles who exemplifies as a good shepherd and teacher and a man of faith. Our work in Bethany is beyond Singapore and includes India, Myanmar and Perth. We pray for our pastoral team undergoing training that the work of GOD can be advanced in the years to come under their charge.
We have vibrant ministries in Bethany to enable us to learn and deepen our knowledge and faith in GOD. Let’s continue to build our lives strongly in HIM and be good testimonies to HIS glory.
Happy 44th anniversary!
Family Camp 2017 (Jarrod)
Family Camp ministry is special. Two years ago, when I attended my first Camp, “More than Conquerors”, I was looking for something to help me live better. I was given purpose. One year ago, at my second Camp, “Call to Me”, I was looking for how to pray better. I was given a closer relationship with God. This year, I looked forward to the Word being implanted in my heart (James 1:24). I was given so much more than I could ever have dreamt. We learnt not only about how we can be God’s people, but we also learnt how God saw His people, how God wants His people to become, how God has been so very gracious and merciful in giving us the promise of a wonderful future and hope in Him. Being His people is about God telling us to obey His voice, about Him giving us a heart to know Him, about Him causing us to be drawn to Him, about Him allowing us to pledge ourselves to Him, about Him giving us a New Covenant through Christ, and this cannot be broken. It is such a privilege and beautiful thing to be in Bethany and to be God’s. There is no greater joy than getting to know the Lord. Looking forward to living a life pleasing to God, to the Lord writing on our hearts and minds, to praising Him, now and forever!
Family Camp 2017 (Justina)
I liken Family Camp to a spiritual health check-up. It is a solid week of blocking time away from the distractions of the world and to come before the Lord, to learn from His Word. For me, Family Camp began 3 years ago when we were first introduced to the book of Jeremiah. At first, I was filled with apprehension, due to the difficulty of this book. 3 years have come and gone, and the apprehension has been replaced by an affirmation of faith.
There was a call to Obedience. There was a call to Return. There was a call to God’s Everlasting Love. This year, the call was to be His People. What does it mean to be God’s people? To me, it is Jeremiah 24:7: “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”
A trait of God’s people is that His people cultivate a heart to know Him. So I began asking myself: What is my heart like? Does my heart desire to seek the Lord? Is my heart still willing to be taught by His Word? And the answers are a resounding, “YES!”
Through this spiritual check-up, I am so glad this heart is responsive to the Lord and still beating for Him! I am going to hold onto this precious lesson and continue to allow the Lord to write on my heart and mind, so that I can be part of God’s people!
Family Camp 2017 (Juliana)
Attending Family Camp this year as a parent with 2 young children, there is constant demand to meet the needs of the children and the challenge of hearing the messages preached from the broadcast in the mother’s room. One can be at camp and yet feel distant from the other campers.
But coming to this Family Camp, I was determined not to let these challenges deter me from seeking God. This year, we learnt from the Book of Jeremiah that God has given us a calling to be His people and He will be our God. This has given me fresh assurance, that God is not distant in this season of my life as a parent of young children. Being God’s people is not about looking for a problem-free life or having an easy parenting solution where the church can help to look after my children. On the contrary, I have discovered God’s promises that He has given me a heart to know Him, has caused me to draw near to Him and will write His laws in my mind and heart.
These are precious promises from God that I will hold on to and hope to share with my children one day. But right now, I recognise I first need to deal with the problem of having my heart gone fallow from the lack of reading of God’s Word. My prayer is that God may break up this fallow ground, so that His Word may be able to take root and grow again.
Family Camp 2017 (Shirley)
This is my 2nd time at camp. My husband was able to join me at camp this year and I was really glad for the opportunity we had to learn from God’s Word and learn to draw near to God. At this camp, I learnt that obedience is key to having a relationship with God. In Jeremiah 7:23, “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you that it may be well with you.” I want to learn to hear and obey God.
Family Camp 2017 (Albert & Min Li)
Albert and Min Li Nai
This year’s family camp holds a special meaning for Albert and me. It is our first family camp, a camp which we were both encouraged and motivated to attend and set aside time to learn God’s Word as a family.
There were many profound lessons from the book of Jeremiah to be learnt, but we were reminded time and again of God’s everlasting love despite our flaws, His promises, and how we should seek to know and obey Him.
While we are learning to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul and with all our strength, we are also conscious that these are lessons that we should teach our child. We should also strive to live out these instructions. Even as we prepare to be parents, we are reminded of the need to be committed to learning God’s Word, to grow in knowledge so as to be able to share it with our child. With knowledge of God’s unyielding love, we are reminded not to take His love for granted. As parents-to-be, we are even more motivated to teach our child to love and know God, while we continue our journey of learning more about Him.
I hope you have caught a glimpse of Bethany’s spirit of unity through the sharing by various church teams during the past few weeks. This oneness and unity have helped our Church through the many milestones that we went through from a house church to Bethany IV in due course. The demonstration of unity also empowers and underscores the missions work that Bethany supports in Myanmar, India, Australia and also the internet ministry to many others outside of Singapore. As Bethany celebrates its 40+2 anniversary today, I pray that the unity that we have experienced all these years will continue and remain an important hallmark of Bethany.
ἓν σῶμα (Hen Soma - One Body)
One thing that stands out as I reflect on Bethany’s 40 + 2 Anniversary is the concept of oneness in the church. Paul’s writing on “one body” in Ephesians 4 truly highlights how important this is. I can see this in Bethany – in how we come together as one to diligently study the Lord’s Word, to serve the Lord and to minister to someone in need. These are wonderful aspects of oneness, yet they can easily be taken for granted and forsaken in time. May we always consciously seek to be of one body and one spirit, in order to honour the head, which is Christ.
I am deeply grateful to God for Bethany from which I have benefitted much.
My soul has been greatly nourished by the rich spiritual food that she imparts.
Whether they came in the form of instruction, correction or Words of guidance,
They were powerful Words that brought life–changing blessings in abundance.
God’s keeping of His promise in Matt 6:33 is one wonderful evidence amongst many.
As we both leaders and people did our part to seek Him first in our lives and ministry,
God honoured His Word of promise by meeting our every need promptly and faithfully.
As we step into the future may the Lord help us all to continue to seek Him first as this is key!
Am grateful for the Scriptures preserved for us – revealing God, His salvation plan, truths that correct, guide and comfort.
Grateful for being able to study the Word together with the class as Pastor takes the Sunday School.
Grateful that you (class) ponder the Bible lessons and ask meaningful questions during the week and seek to walk in paths of right living.
Praying that I, you, we – “we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God” (Ephesians 4:13).
A rich heritage of studying the Word of God is what makes Bethany so unique and special.
Her uncompromising approach to God’s truth is something to appreciate and treasure.
Our thriving Sunday School Ministry truly bears testimony of this precious tradition.
More so now, each Sunday Morning, as Pastor Charlie faithfully delivers His instruction.
Indeed, the Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword; a true discerner of the heart.
With humility therefore, let us take heed in oneness, and to the λόγος, renew our allegiance.
Through 40+2 years, I have been keenly aware of my weaknesses and limitations.
I thank God from the depths of my heart for a Saviour who saves me from myself and the world.
The Lord Jesus Christ, preached and taught to be an example for us, has been the constant
light shining through my fears, doubts and challenges.
I thank God for our unwavering Pastors, servant-leaders, loving brethren and friends; may we fix our eyes, hearts and minds on God’s will for His church. To God be the Glory!
God at work
I thank God for the Word of God given to us and the transforming work He is doing in our lives and the people around us, especially our young people. We are a family here in Bethany where we are alive to one another – encouraging and supporting each other through life’s challenges and milestones.
God’s kind of church… where God is touching lives… and people care for people.
I pray that in the years ahead, our God will continue to watch over us in Bethany and enable us to be His special people living distinctively with faith and love.