Christianity in Singapore
|Christianity by country|
Christians in Singapore constitute approximately 18.3% of the population. In 2000, about one-third of the country's Christians identified as Catholic and the two-thirds as 'Other Christians' (chiefly Protestants).
- 1 History
- 2 Denominations
- 3 Megachurches
- 4 Inter-Faith
- 5 Schools
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Christianity in Singapore first started after Sir Stamford Raffles established Singapore as a British colony. Within half a year, Protestant missionaries arrived to set up a local ministry. The first Roman Catholic priest came in December 1821 to look into the feasibility of opening a missionary station, and celebrated the first Mass.
The colonial administration adopted an official policy of neutrality and non-interference regarding religion. Missionaries established churches and Christian ministries on the island. They also set up welfare organisations and many missionary schools which are well regarded for their high quality education today.
Local-born church leaders gradually took over the running of their ministries. Theological colleges were established to produce the next generation of leaders, and more churches and Christian organisations were set up, resulting in an increase in the proportion of Christians in Singapore today. The percentage of Christians among Singaporeans increased from 12.7% in 1990 to 14.6% in 2000. whilst the latest census as of 2010 has showed the Christian population increased again, to 18.3%. 
The Roman Catholic population in Singapore generally consists of Eurasians (majority of Portuguese ancestry), Chinese (including Peranakans), Filipinos and Indians. There are 31 Roman Catholic parishes in Singapore, each administering to a particular district in Singapore.
Singapore has a Roman Catholic Archdiocese headed by Archbishop William Goh who presides at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. The Holy Mass in Singapore is celebrated in numerous vernacular tongues, including English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Teochew, Tamil, Malayalam, Tagalog and Korean (at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd). Malay is seldom used.
Peranakan Roman Catholics are generally concentrated in the Church of the Holy Family in Katong; whilst St. Joseph's Church along Victoria street is a cultural base for Portuguese Eurasians. Roman Catholic parishes in the 18th to early 19th centuries were initially setup along racial and cultural lines by various Roman Catholic missionary groups from Europe.
Various Roman Catholic parishes in Singapore are actively involved in social services such as welfare homes, the opening of soup kitchens as well as missionary trips to place like Indonesia and the Philippines. There is also the Catholic Medical Guild, and other Roman Catholic lobby groups that are based in the Church of St Peter & Paul parish grounds. They are also currently supporting the creation of Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCC) in order to organise and gather the Roman Catholic communities within their neighbourhoods.
Eastern and Oriental Orthodox
Other Christian churches in Singapore include the old Armenian Church which has a church building but has had no resident clergy for many decades, the Coptic Orthodox Church which meets in the Armenian Church, and the Syrian Orthodox Church; the latter two churches generally minister to the Coptic and Indian communities respectively. There is also a small but growing Eastern Orthodox congregation made up of ethnic Armenians, Egyptians, Greeks, Indians and Russians, constituting a small minority in the local Christian population.
The majority of Christian churches are under the umbrella of the National Council of Churches of Singapore. Most belong to Protestant traditions which consist of an array of denominations. The more prominent ones include the Assemblies of God, Anglican, Baptist, Church of Singapore, Plymouth Brethren, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian churches.
Anglicanism is represented in Singapore by the Church of the Province of South East Asia, of which the Diocese of Singapore is responsible for 26 parishes within Singapore as well as six deaneries in other Southeast Asian countries.
Although the churches seem divided along denomination lines, many Christian ministries and congregations often organise events for the Christian community in general.
Pentecostalism became a larger influence through the Charismatic Movement of the 1970s, but North American and Ceylon Pentecostal Mission missionaries (Pentecostal Church of Singapore) had been active from 1935.
Independent, Charismatic Movements
Recently, megachurches such as Faith Community Baptist Church and New Creation Church have been successful in reaching out to youths and working adults. These churches usually have services in which songs are performed in contemporary style, which are seen as trendy by many youths.
Singapore is a society of diverse religious traditions. The Declaration of Religious Harmony, which was published in 2003, is a seminal document, which the National Council of Churches of Singapore supported and helped create. On September 3, 2008, the sociologist and Pentecostal pastor, Mathew Mathews, who was named a visiting fellow of the Sociology department at the National University of Singapore, interviewed 183 Singaporean clergy. From these interviews he formed the opinion that the Christian clergy in many parts of Singapore were wary of inter-faith dialogue. He claimed that nearly 50% of clergy believe that inter-faith dialogue compromises their own religious convictions. He presented his paper to the Institute of Public Studies (Singapore) in a forum they organised on September 2, 2008.
- Anglican High School
- Christ Church Secondary School
- Saint Andrew's Junior School
- Saint Andrew's Secondary School
- Saint Andrew's Junior College
- Saint Hilda's Primary School
- Saint Hilda's Secondary School
- Saint Margaret's Primary School
- Saint Margaret's Secondary School
- Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
- Anglo-Chinese School (Primary)
- Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road)
- Anglo-Chinese School (Independent)
- Anglo-Chinese Junior College
- Anglo-Chinese School (International)
- Fairfield Methodist Primary School
- Fairfield Methodist Secondary School
- Faith Kindergarten School
- Geylang Methodist Primary School
- Geylang Methodist Secondary School
- Methodist Girls' School (Primary)
- Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
- Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Primary)
- Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School (Secondary)
- Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School
- Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School
- Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
- Presbyterian High School
Roman Catholic schools
- Assumption English School
- Assumption Vocational Institute
- Canossa Convent Primary School
- Canossian Convent Kindergarten
- Canossian School For The Hearing-Impaired
- Catholic High School
- Catholic Junior College
- CHIJ Katong (Primary)
- CHIJ Katong Convent
- CHIJ Kellock Primary
- CHIJ Our Lady of Good Counsel
- CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace
- CHIJ Our Lady of the Nativity
- CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh)
- CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School
- CHIJ Saint Joseph's Convent
- CHIJ Saint Theresa's Convent
- CHIJ Secondary School (Toa Payoh)
- De La Salle School
- Good Shepherd Kindergarten
- Hai Sing Catholic School
- Holy Innocents' High School
- Holy Innocents' Primary School
- Magdalene's Kindergarten
- Maris Stella Kindergarten
- Maris Stella High School
- Marymount Convent School
- Montfort Junior School
- Montfort Secondary School
- Nazareth Centre Kindergarten
- St Anthony's Canossian Primary School
- St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School
- St Anthony's Primary School
- St Gabriel's Primary School
- St Gabriel's Secondary School
- Saint Joseph's Institution (International)
- Saint Joseph's Institution
- Saint Joseph's Institution Junior
- Saint Patrick's School
- "Census of Population 2010 Statistical Release 1 - Demographic Characteristics, Education, Language and Religion". Retrieved 2012-08-25.
- Dept. of Statistics, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore (October 2001). Census of Population 2000: Statistical Release 2: Education, Language and Religion. Singapore: The Dept. Table 39 ("Resident Population Aged 15 Years and Over by Religion, Ethnic Group and Sex"). ISBN 981-04-4459-1.
- Sng, Bobby E.K. (2003). In His Good Time: The Story of the Church in Singapore 1819–2002 (3rd ed. ed.). Singapore: Bible Society of Singapore. p. 337. ISBN 981-220-286-2.
- "Better-educated S'pore residents look to religion". Jan 13, 2011. Retrieved Feb 26, 2011.
- "Archdiocese of Singapore: Catholic Churches". Catholic.org.sg. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- "Neighbourhood Christian Communities (NCCs)". The Catholic News. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
- "National Council of Churches Singapore Website". National Council of Churches Singapore Website.
- "Breaking News - Singapore". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2012-08-05.
- Loh, Ronald. "CHC trial: Finance manager sloggeed to solve audit issues". The New Paper. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
- Li, Xueying. "Clergy 'Wary Of Inter-Faith Talks'", The Straits Times, 2008-09-23
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|Library resources about
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- Antioch.com.sg: Partial directory of non-Roman Catholic churches in Singapore
- Singapore Christian Web
- Veritas (official website of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore): Singapore Catholic church directory
- Archdiocese of Singapore
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