Presbyterian Church in Singapore

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Presbyterian Church in Singapore
Classification Protestant
Orientation Calvinist
Theology Reformed
Polity Presbyterian
Associations World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Council of Churches
Region Singapore
Origin 1965
Separations Presbyterian Church in Malaysia
Congregations 42
Members 12,000
Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, one of the older Presbyterian churches in Singapore

The Presbyterian Church in Singapore is a Presbyterian Reformed church. Its motto is "Nec tamen consumebatur" which means "Burning, but not yet consumed".[1]

History[edit]

In 1965 Singapore became independent from Malaysia. The Presbyterian Church in Singapore held its first Synod in January 1975. Two language presbyteries, English and Chinese, were formed. The church runs schools.[2]

Founding and development[edit]

The church's origin can be traced back to the London Missionary Society. In 1829 Rev. Benjamin Keasberry came to Malaysia and Singapore, and started Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church. In 1856, Scottish residents established Orchard Road Presbyterian Church, and in 1881 the English Presbyterian Missionary Society under the leadership of John Cook, established a Chinese church called Glory Presbyterian Church. Three other churches were organised in 1883: Prinsep Street Life Church, Tanjong Pagar Church and Upper Serangoon Road Bethel Church.

In 1901 the Synod of the Presbyterian Church was formed. The name was changed to the Presbyterian Church in Singapore and Malaysia in 1968. In 1975 the Synod decided to operate in two Synods from this date.[3]

Doctrine[edit]

The Presbyterian Church in Singapore adheres to the Apostles Creed and Westminster Confession of Faith. It believes in the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. The Church believes that Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. All powers and functions of the Church are subject to Christ's authority.[4]

Statistics[edit]

The Presbyterian Church in Singapore has 12,000 members in 42 congregations and a few house fellowships.[2] It has one Synod[contradiction] and two Presbyteries, the English Presbytery and the Chinese Presbytery.[5]

Interchurch relations[edit]

The church is a member of the World Communion of Reformed Churches[6] and the Council for World Missions.[7] Sister church relations with the Presbyterian Church (USA), Church of Scotland, and the Presbyterian churches in Australia, New Zealand was established. It is also a member of the National Council of Churches.[8]

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