The Vicar Writes …
6 Oct 2021
“For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord,
my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendour all day long.”
Dear St Hilda’s Family,
This past week, the number of daily new Covid-19 infections have risen above 2,000 daily. We are all very concerned and in prayers for our nation, especially for those who have fallen ill. For the first time, the government is encouraging our seniors, age 60 and above, vaccinated, or unvaccinated, not to attend religious gatherings.
How shall we at St Hilda’s respond to this situation? We are a church where most of our regular worshipers are in this age group, even serving actively in church.
To those of you in this age group, you are contributing so much, and your service is greatly appreciated. We value the time and effort you give in service of Christ. Thank you for inspiring the younger generation to commit their God-given gifts in service and ministry in the church. As the psalmist says: ‘You have become a sign to many!’. At the same time, we are concerned for your well-being and the safety and protection of your whole family.
Should we ask you to stay at home? This doesn’t feel right. You are in the best position to take this decision. Should we rely on you to serve as volunteers during this time? This doesn’t feel right, either, even if you would be glad to serve. Some of you would still feel obligated because you are so conscientious in your service. For some of you, your family members would consider the church irresponsible.
We therefore took the decision to invite only those 59 and below to serve over the next few weekends until October 24. Having said this, all worshipers are warmly welcome to join our services in church, regardless of age or vaccination status! (except for E1 which is for the vaccinated, only)
I have learned during my years in church ministry that however careful I am in choosing my words, there is always room for misunderstanding. I hope and pray that you understand how difficult it is for me to take any decision that limits the way we worship, serve and fellowship together in church. I can’t wait to see all generations at St Hilda’s Church to joyfully serve the Lord and one another together.
“As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.” May these words of the psalmist be an expression of our joy in worshiping together!
With much love!
Services from August 21/22, 2021
Starting from next Sunday Aug 22, only our E1 service will accommodate up to 100 worshippers.
Under the government’s Safe Management Measures (SMM), all those who wish to attend this service will need to be fully vaccinated according to MOH certification or be officially exempted.
Please bring your Trace Together App, your token, or your vaccination certificate to enable verification of your vaccination status.
As we are not allowed to record your vaccination status, we will need to validate it every time you come to worship at E1. Please bear with us. We appreciate your understanding.
However, all other services, E2, E3 and SES will remain the same ie. each capped at 50 worshippers subject to safe distancing requirements. Also, there will be no need to verify your vaccination status.
- 2:00pm – E3 at Bethel Hall
- 5:00pm – Saturday Evening Service (SES) at Church Sanctuary
Seats for these services are limited to 50pax.
- 8:00am – E1 at Church Sanctuary
Seats for this service is limited to 100pax all of whom must be vaccinated*.
- 10:15am – E2 at Bethel Hall
Seats for this service is limited to 50pax.
Booking for all services is required.
Please click here or call the church office to make your service booking.
*An individual is considered vaccinated if he/ she has been: a) fully vaccinated, i.e. has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnatry, Moderna or WHO EUL vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective, b) recovered from COVID-19, or c) has obtained a negative result on a pre-event test taken in the past 24 hours before the expected end of the event. Refer to https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/pet for more details.
Livestream Holy Communion Services will be available on Saturdays at 5pm
YouTube channel: bit.ly/shconline
Online (Non Holy Communion) Services is available on Sundays from 8am
YouTube channel: bit.ly/shconline
The podcast (audio of the sermon only) will be available each Tuesday.
The church sanctuary is open for prayer and worship (without singing) during the week for up to 45mins, alone or in groups of max 2 people. You may book your time slot by calling the church office at 63443463.
- Tuesday to Saturday, 9am and 10.30am (except Wednesday)
- Tuesday to Friday, 2.30pm and 4pm
Reference materials and resources for Home Cells, Bible Study Groups and Christian Education Ministries may be found in this link to Ethos Institute’s website.