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Updates on Worship Services and Other Activities - 20 Aug 2021

Dear IBC,

 

It has almost been a month since we announced the suspension of all on-site worship services and other in-person programs, in response to the Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) guidelines.

 

As restrictions have started to ease with Singapore’s transition towards COVID-19 resilience, we are pleased to inform you that IBC will resume our on-site services on the weekend of August 28 and 29.

 

Each of our Sunday morning services will be able to accommodate up to 230 vaccinated* worshippers. The Saturday afternoon service will be for unvaccinated worshippers (50 pax max), with tighter safe management measures (SMMs) to protect this group and those around them. You can book your seats starting at 8pm on August 22.

 

In compliance with the SMMs for religious organizations (ROs) from the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), we seek your help and cooperation in observing the following guidelines for our on-site services:

  • Pre-registration - to ensure that we are well within our MCCY-approved capacity for each service, all on-site worshippers will need to book tickets and present them upon entry.
  • TraceTogether (TT)-only SafeEntry - the TT app or token is required for check-in. Be ready to present yours as you enter IBC’s premises.
  • Safe distancing - come early to help prevent crowding at the entrances. Gates will open 30 minutes early, and close 10 minutes prior to the start of each service, to ensure that all worshippers are safely ushered to their seats. Please follow the lead of our Welcome Team as you enter and leave IBC premises.
  • Mask-on - all worshippers must wear a mask at all times. Young children are strongly encouraged to use a mask, as well.
  • No singing - everyone is asked to refrain from singing and mingling within the church premises.

 

Other ministries, such as Connection Groups, Youth Services & Homegroups, and Children’s Sunday School will also transition back to meeting on-site or in-person, in the next few weeks. More details are shared below.


We look forward to more opportunities to worship and gather together, not only virtually, but also on-site and in person. See you soon!


 

Serving with you,

IBC COVID-19 Task Force


DETAILS ON IBC WORSHIP SERVICES AND OTHER CHURCH MINISTRIES

 

On-site Worship Services for vaccinated* and unvaccinated worshippers are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, 5pm: 50 pax max (unvaccinnated)
  • Sunday, 9am: 230 pax max (vaccinated*)
  • Sunday, 11:30am: 230 pax max (vaccinated*)

 

You can continue worshipping with us LIVE online on Sunday mornings, or on-demand, via Online.Church, Facebook, or YouTube.

Personal Prayer Time with our pastors can be requested by emailing prayer@ibcs.org.

Youth Service will resume being on-site on Aug 28, and will be open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated youth worshippers aged 12-18 (50 pax max). Homegroups can start meeting in-person, provided that social gathering guidelines are observed. Further information will be shared by the Youth Team. For questions, please email youth@ibcs.org.

Children’s Sunday School will resume on-site classes on Sept 05. Students in Kindergarten (5-6 years old) to Grade 6 (12 years old) can continue to join the Online Sunday School classes via Zoom at 9:15am. Details on the resumption of On-site Sunday School classes will be sent in the next few weeks. Email children@ibcs.org to subscribe to their mailing list.

AWANA will resume on Sept 05 via Zoom, for students aged 6-18. Register by Aug 25.

Connection Groups are encouraged to continue meeting virtually. Groups that are planning to meet in person are reminded to observe the social gathering guidelines. You may get in touch with our Connection Groups ministry team by emailing connection@ibcs.org

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For more information and regular updates, please go to moh.gov.sg.


*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. Children aged 12 years and below can participate in vaccinated-only worship services provided they make up no more than 20% of the total number of worshippers on-site.


Updates on Worship Services and Other Activities - 23 July 2021

Dear IBC,

 

This past week has been a challenging one for all of us, with the increase in community cases, heartbreaking news that made the headlines, and more personal challenges within our IBC family. We encourage everyone to continue having honest conversations with God, while being aware of the needs, and having the readiness to provide help wherever necessarybe it mental, spiritual, emotional or material support.

 

In support of the Singapore government’s move to return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), and in response to the updated guidelines for Religious Organizations (ROs) issued by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY), dated 20 July 2021, please be advised that all on-site services and other in-person programs have been suspended until further notice.

 

Despite our physical separation, we urge each one of you to take this opportunity to stay connected, even more so in the midst of these temporary restrictions. Call each other, pray for each other, encourage one another. You may also reach out to our pastors and other church leaders, who are all just one message or call away. Our Care Team is waiting to hear from you; email them at care@ibcs.org.

 

Let us continue to cling on to the Lord even when we cannot understand what’s happening around us. Let us choose to remember that He is still God, He still reigns, and He is good. We look forward to worshipping with you online on Sunday morning as Pastor Kwan concludes our sermon series on the book of Habakkuk. Until then, let this be our prayer:

 

"Even if the fig tree does not blossom,

And there is no fruit on the vines,

If the yield of the olive fails,

And the fields produce no food,

Even if the flock disappears from the fold,

And there are no cattle in the stalls,"

 

"Yet I will triumph in the Lord,

I will rejoice in the God of my salvation."

 

"The Lord God is my strength,

And He has made my feet like deer’s feet,

And has me walk on my high places."

 

- Habakkuk 3:17-19

 

 

Serving with you,

IBC COVID-19 Task Force

 

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Details on IBC worship services and activities:

 

Worship Services will be fully online until further notice. We can continue worshipping together on Sundays at 9:00am or 11:30am via Online.Church, Facebook, or YouTube.

 

Prayer Zoom Room is an online private space where you can pray with one of our pastors at the end of our Sunday service. You can login through this link.


Youth Service & Homegroups will all be online. Further information will be shared by the Youth Team. For questions, please email youth@ibcs.org

 

Children’s Sunday School

Children in Kindergarten (5-6 years old) to Grade 6 (12 years old) can join the Online Sunday School classes via Zoom at 9:15am. Please email children@ibcs.org for any questions.

 

Connection Groups

All groups are highly encouraged to meet virtually. In-person gatherings are not advised. For more information, you may email connection@ibcs.org

 


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For more information and regular updates, please go to moh.gov.sg.

 


Updates on Worship Services and Other Activities - 03 July 2021

We're excited to resume our On-site Services on July 11th!


We will start with 50 worshippers per service and closely monitor the situation to ensure that our staff, volunteers and logistics are all ready to support the increase in seating capacity in the weeks to come.


Safe management measures will continue to be in place and we remind everyone to have the Trace Together (TT) token or app ready for check-in and check-out.


Registration for our Sunday 9:00am and 11:30am services will open on Sunday, July 4, at 8:00pm and you can book your seats through the link below.

While our Youth have resumed meeting in-person, we are still sorting out the logistics for our Children's Sunday School and will be sending out updates on this soon.


Meanwhile, please check our Youth and Children's ministry pages for more details on Youth Services and Homegroups, and Online Children's Sunday School.

We thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to find ways for IBC to be a safe place of worship for all.



Serving with you,

IBC COVID-19 Task Force


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For more information and regular updates, please go to moh.gov.sg.


Updates on Worship Services and Other Activities - 15 May 2021

Dear IBC,


As you may have already heard, the Singapore government has released tighter restrictions to further reduce the risk of transmission in the community. In support of these measures to prioritize everyone’s well-being and safety, all IBC activities and worship services will now be held online with immediate effect, and until further notice.

 

This shift in our current situation keeps us distanced physically, but we encourage everyone to stay connected by maximizing the blessing of technology. Let us be more intentional in reaching out to our families and friends, and also to our IBC family.

 

Our pastors and other church leaders are all just one message or call away, and you may also reach out to our Care Team at care@ibcs.org.

 

Let us remain resilient and hopeful as we look to the Lord for endurance and strengthening of our faith. And as Pastor Rodney will share with us tomorrow, let us remember to keep our relationship with the Lord and with each other of utmost importance, no matter what circumstances we may be in. Let us remember that He is in control, and that as one body, we continue to journey together.


Let's hear it straight from Pastor Rodney:

Details on IBC worship services and activities:

 

WORSHIP SERVICES

All Sunday services will be online until further notice.

 

YOUTH SERVICES & HOMEGROUPS

All youth programs will be online. Further information will be shared by the Youth Team. For questions, please email youth@ibcs.org.


CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL

On-site classes are suspended. Children in Kindergarten (5-6 years old) to Grade 6 (12 years old) can join the Online Sunday School classes via Zoom at 9:15am. Please email children@ibcs.org for any questions.

CONNECTION GROUPS

All groups are still highly encouraged to meet virtually. In-person gatherings are not advised. For more information, you may email connection@ibcs.org

SPECIAL EVENTS

All planned events in the next few weeks will also be held virtually. You may get in touch with the organizing ministries for further details:


Further communication will be sent out separately to those who have registered for the Work as Worship Retreat.


These new measures will be implemented effective immediately and until further notice.


We look forward to worshipping with you online, but still, in spirit and in truth. 🙏🏼



Serving with you,

IBC COVID-19 Task Force


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For more information and regular updates, please go to moh.gov.sg.


Updates on Worship Services and Other Activities - 05 May 2021

Dear IBC,

 

This past weekend, Pastor Rodney led us in a time of prayer, lifting up to the Lord the current situation with the increase in COVID cases worldwide.

 

Here in Singapore, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) has released updated guidelines with tighter restrictions on social gatherings, workplaces, and events (including worship services) in order to reduce the risk of community transmission.

 

In support of the Singapore government during this period of heightened alert, and to do our part in helping keep our community safe, we have made the decision to hold all IBC activities online until end-May, with the exception of our worship services. 

 

WORSHIP SERVICES AND ADDITIONAL MEASURES

  • Sunday Worship will continue to be on-site & online every Sunday at 9:00am & 11:30am 
  • Youth Services will proceed on-site on May 8 & 22 at 5:00pm

 

To ensure that IBC continues to be a safe place for our worshippers, we request for your understanding and cooperation as we implement these additional measures:

  1. Maximum seating will be capped at 100 pax per service. Registration opens every Sunday at 8:00pm. We encourage you to book your seat/s early.
  2. Registration for Sunday, May 9, has been closed, but those who have already booked their tickets can proceed to worship with us on-site.
  3. Gates will open 30 minutes early and close 10 minutes before the service starts to lessen the risk of congestion at the entrance, give ample time for our check-in process, and minimize movement in the Sanctuary once the service starts. Please come early.
  4. Safe distancing will be strictly enforced upon entry and exit. Please observe a one-meter distance between you and the person in front of you and behind you.
  5. Mandatory TraceTogether check-in will start on May 15. Kindly bring your TraceTogether token or ensure that the app is installed on your device.

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL

On-site classes are suspended. Children in Kindergarten (5-6 years old) to Grade 6 (12 years old) are encouraged to join the Online Sunday School classes via Zoom at 9:15am. Please email children@ibcs.org for any questions.

CONNECTION GROUPS

All groups are highly encouraged to meet virtually and refrain from in-person gatherings. For more information, you may email connection@ibcs.org

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

All planned events for the month of May will also be held virtually. You may get in touch with the organizing ministries for further details:

These changes and new measures will be implemented effective immediately and will be in place until end-May.


Please continue to join us in prayers and be vigilant in observing all the necessary safety protocols so that we, as a church, can continue to worship together safely and responsibly.



Serving with you,

IBC COVID-19 Task Force


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For more information and regular updates, please go to moh.gov.sg.