Forever Young: Ageing with Success

ABOUT THE EVENT

The current generation of Singaporeans are living longer than their predecessors, but they may also be at greater risk of chronic health conditions and cognitive decline. We invite you to participate in our upcoming holistic workshop designed to provide you with the knowledge and practical tools to navigate older adulthood with vitality. In this workshop, we will delve into the physical and cognitive changes associated with ageing, offering participants insights into optimising their health and mobility as they enter this phase of life.

Through small group discussions and reflective exercises, participants will foster resilience in the face of challenges such as life transitions and physical decline. Moreover, we will introduce preventative health strategies and explore the contribution of healthy attitudes towards ageing and spirituality for holistic well-being, personal growth, and community connections.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the physical and cognitive changes associated with ageing and how to maintain physical health and mobility
  • Explore preventative health strategies to promote healthy ageing and preventing age-related diseases including cognitive decline
  • Learn about the psychological and social aspects of ageing, including emotional well-being
  • Explore the role of spirituality and personal wisdom for wellbeing, personal growth, and community
  • Learn practical strategies of budgeting for your retirement

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • The “young-old” (ages 65 to 74 years) who are interested in maintaining their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being as they age
  • Family members or friends who provide support for older adults and want to better assist them in ageing well
  • Professionals and volunteers who work with older adults and want to enhance their understanding of ageing-related issues
  • Representatives from community organisations, senior centres, and religious institutions interested in promoting successful ageing
  • Anyone interested in learning about the challenges and opportunities associated with ageing

 

DATE AND TIME
Saturday, 27 July 2024 at 9.30am–12.30pm
VENUE
Asian Pastoral Institute, 20 Aljunied Road, S389805
ADMISSION FEE
$60 SGD
(Registration closes on 26 July 2024)

For enquiries, please contact Sam Leow at 6304 3782 or email sowerinstitute@biblesociety.sg

Co-Organised by:
Sower Institute For Biblical Discipleship and Asian Pastoral Institute

FACILITATORS

Dr Lew Yii Jen
MBBS (S’pore), M Med (Family Medicine, S’pore), FCFPS (S’pore)

Yii Jen is a practicing family physician who obtained his Master of Medicine, Family Medicine from the National University of Singapore and is a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians, Singapore, FCFP(S). He has held senior positions in various health organisations, promoting comprehensive and integrated care of chronic health patients. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Acupuncture and Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies.

Ms Alice Tan Guong Khim
MA (Counselling and Community Work), MBA, MA (Pastoral Studies), FCCA, ISCA

Alice is currently counselling at Care Corner Singapore and has previously completed counselling placements at the Farrer Park and Simei Care and Counselling Centre. She was also involved in rehabilitation programmes at the Hiding Place and Tamar Village Mercy Centre as part of her community work practicum. In the spirit of lifelong learning, and to equip herself in professional counselling, she picked up a Master of Arts in Counselling and Community Work as a second career.



Certificate in Transformational Urban Leadership (C-TUL)

 

In partnership with Asian Theological Seminary, offered under the Strategic Leader Development ATS Extension Programme (SLDC-AEP), the Certificate in Transformational Urban Leadership (C-TUL) is designed to give urban leaders the opportunity to complete a certificate programme that will enable them to make a difference in low-income communities.

 

Summary

With an emphasis on equipping for transformation, the programme combines community development-related skills centred around Biblical transformation. Students are exposed to the necessary theory components and will also be tested on those theories in an urban ministry context.

C-TUL will be offered to churches and NGOs alike for the benefit of their workers who are already in the ministry and have limitations to acquire formal seminary education degrees.

 

Course Information

This certificate programme comprises 10 modules (6 Core Modules, 4 Focus Electives Modules).

Each module runs for 16 hours and can be split into four 4-hour sessions or two 8-hour sessions. As this is a hands-on programme, lectures are kept to a minimum in favour of workshop activities.

 

Core Modules: (6 Total)

  • Rightly Handling the Word (Required by ATS)
  • Transformational Discipleship
  • Sustainable Spirituality
  • Poverty, Justice, and the Bible
  • Community Economics
  • Community Transformation

 

Focus Electives: (4 Total)

  • Urban Realities
  • Poverty, Justice, and the Bible
  • Transformational Discipleships
  • Advocacy and Service to the Marginalised

 

Who Should Attend

  • Community professionals (counsellors, therapists, social workers, support workers, medical professionals) who work with adults with a difficult childhoods (counsellors, therapists, social workers, support workers, medical professionals)
  • Educators and youth workers who wish to learn more about mitigating the impact of childhood trauma
  • Individuals with a personal or professional interest in trauma informed care
  • Anyone interested in understanding the intersection of childhood trauma and adult mental health for personal or professional development

 

BRIEFING
Thursday, 11 July 2024 at 08.00pm
Start date: August 2024

Detailed programme will be presented on the briefing day

For enquiries, please contact Sam Leow at 6304 3782 or email sowerinstitute@biblesociety.sg

Co-Organised by:
Sower Institute For Biblical Discipleship and Asian Theological Seminary



Matthew’s Teaching Gospel

Matthew's Gospel is the most quoted of the Gospels by the early Church Fathers. Contrary to scholarly opinion today, St. Augustine asserted that it was the first Gospel to be written. The context suggests a timeframe when the earliest Jewish church was shifting out of Jerusalem towards Antioch before going to the Nations. This explains, the availability of narratives and teaching materials for use by the Missionary Church under persecution then. Matthew believes that while the Christian message was derived from the early Jerusalem Jewish Church, it clearly calls for disciples of the Risen Christ to teach all nations. This event aims to examine the Gospel of Matthew through fresh perspectives and derive applications for these times that we live in.

Facilitators:

Rev Dr Malcolm TH Tan
The Rev Dr Malcolm TH Tan has served as a Methodist Pastor for almost 40 years before retiring in Dec 2023. As a pastor, he was committed to teaching the Bible, a passion he continues to hold today.

From the Jerusalem Church to all Nations: Matthew's Teaching Gospel

SCHEDULE: 4, 11, 18, 25 July & 1 August (Held every Thursday at 7–9pm)
VENUE: Bible House, 7 Armenian Street, S179932
FEE: $40

SIGN UP
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(Registration closes on 1 July 2024)

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For enquiries, please contact Sam Leow at 6304 3782 or email sowerinstitute@biblesociety.sg



Declare

 

 

"Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!” Psalm 150:6

INVITATION FOR 2024

DECLARE is a Bible proclamation movement that celebrates the restoration of the public reading of God’s Word by Christian communities across nations and generations.

In the first 3 years since 2017, DECLARE began as an intergenerational Arts & Family event held at the Bible House at Fort Canning in Singapore. Over the pandemic years this expanded online to involve over 50 nations & 150 local languages. As we gather from different tribes and traditions, we come to unite in one voice on a common foundation – the Word of God – to bear witness to God’s light of truth and love in a dark and despairing world.

ABOUT DECLARE
DECLARE is organised by the Arts Collective, a ministry of The Bible Society of Singapore, and is supported by Elijah 7000.

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How is DECLARE Organised?

There are different tracks organised for international and local participants.

International participants may sign up as groups representing a nation or region and pre-select a book / books to declare in recorded video format, or on Zoom livestream at the scheduled time. Local participants may register for a Day and will receive an allocated passage at the local venue.

80-hour Event over 3 Weeks

  • Opening Celebration: Fri 24 May, 4.30-5pm (SGT)*
  • Week 1 Reading: Fri 24 May, 5pm – Sat 25 May, 5pm (SGT)*
  • Week 2 Reading: Fri 31 May, 5pm – Sat 1 Jun, 5pm (SGT)*
  • Week 3 Reading: Fri 7 Jun, 5pm – Sat 8 Jun, 5pm (SGT)
  • Closing Celebration: Sat 8 Jun, 5pm (SGT)
    *Updated timings


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“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” –John 1:14

MODES OF GIVING
For donations via PayNow, please use your mobile banking app to scan the PayNow QR Code or key in BSS UEN No.: S70SS0023A.
Please indicate <Your Name> followed by <BBMF> “Bicentennial Bible Mission Fund” in the reference field.
For further enquiries you may send email to: missions@biblesociety.sg


Cheque donations can be addressed to: The Bible Society of Singapore, 7 Armenian Street, Bible House, Singapore 179932.
(At the back of the cheque, please indicate “BBMF")

For bank transfer, following are the details:

•    Account Name: The Bible Society of Singapore
•    Account Number: 581-834306-001
•    Bank Name: OCBC

Bicentennial Bible Mission Fund 30-Sep-23
Cash and Cheque $192,887.59
Direct Deposit $116,421.91
Credit Card $11,520.00
Total: $320,829.50

Heartiest greetings from The Bible Society of Singapore!

July was a full and fruitful month for The Bible Society of Singapore as we commemorated the bicentennial of the Bible Mission in Singapore with the Bible Mission Banquet. The Bible Mission in Singapore started in 1823 with the distribution of 1,000 Chinese New Testament Bibles to the first Chinese settlers. For the past 200 years, our Society has worked with sister Bible Societies and evangelical communities regionally in pioneering the Bible Mission and advancing the Bible cause. Singapore has been the regional hub for Bible translation and printing projects since the 19th century.  

We are privileged to have had Minister Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development & Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration, regional and global mission leaders, donors, supporters, volunteers and dear friends of the Bible Mission grace the occasion with their presence. The official launch of the World Chinese Christianity Alliance (WCCA)—where the Bible Society is one of the founding members of this global missional platform under the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) to reach out to all Chinese communities across the globe—was also held in conjunction with the Bible Mission Banquet.  

Amidst the preparations for these events, we are thankful for God’s faithfulness and provision, as well as for the partnerships of various donors such as yourself. All donations for the celebration will contribute towards the Bicentennial Bible Mission Fund (BBMF), which will be channelled towards Bible translation, distribution, engagement and advocacy, and holistic ministries that involve humanitarian and charity causes. It is your generosity that enables us to carry out the Bible Mission in Singapore and beyond.   

As we approach the new year, we invite you to continue to partner with us through your giving and prayers, so that we may allow God’s light and hope to reach more people! 

We thank God for you and for your steadfast partnership in the Bible Mission.

Shining forth Thy Word with you,

 

Rev. Ezekiel Tan
General Secretary

 

For further enquiries you may send email to: missions@biblesociety.sg

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Childhood Trauma

We invite you on an exploration of the intricate interplay between early life experiences and adult mental wellness. Through this workshop, we will unravel the profound impact of childhood family dysfunction and traumatic events such as abuse and neglect, shedding light on their enduring effects well into adulthood.

By the workshop's conclusion, attendees will emerge equipped with a foundational understanding of the links between childhood adversity and adult well-being. With this knowledge, attendees will be better able to foster genuine empathy and support for individuals who have faced such adversities. Join us as we cultivate resilience and compassion together.

Learning Objectives
• Recognise the various forms of childhood trauma and adversity
• Identify common signs of mental distress from childhood adversity
• Understand the neurological and psychological mechanisms underlying these links
• Learn how to create a supportive environment and provide appropriate resources for such individuals

Who Should Attend
• Community professionals (counsellors, therapists, social workers, support workers, medical professionals) who work with adults with difficult childhoods
• Educators and youth workers who wish to learn more about mitigating the impact of childhood trauma
• Individuals with a personal or professional interest in trauma informed care
• Anyone interested in understanding the intersection of childhood trauma and adult mental health for personal or professional development

Facilitators:

Dr Matthew Lim
DClinPsy (Clinical Psychology), DPhil
Dr Matthew Lim is no stranger to supporting adults with severe emotional and social difficulties, and a history of childhood adversities, having worked in inpatient and outpatient public mental health services for many years. He is also a registered practitioner psychologist and clinical supervisor with the Singapore Psychological Society.

Ms. Jacinda Tan
MA (Applied Psychology), BA Hons (Social Science) in Social Work
Jacinda has worked in the social service sector for more than 15 years with a main focus in both children and youths. Her rehabilitation and protection work has covered youth-at-risk, protection of children, offending youths and adults, including those with mental illness. She currently leads a team at work and supervises social work interns.

 

Long-Term Effects of Trauma: From Childhood to Adulthood

DATE: Saturday, 1 June 2024
TIME: 9.30am–12.30pm
VENUE: Asian Pastoral Institute, 20 Aljunied Road, Singapore 389805

FEE: $40 / Pax

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(Registration closes on 29 May 2024)

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For enquiries, please contact Sam Leow at 6304 3782 or email sowerinstitute@biblesociety.sg



Adult Christian Education 2

As the continuing education arm of the Asian Pastoral Institute, Adult Christian Education (ACE) offers a comprehensive and systematic approach to lifelong learning for believers. It is a structured modular education programme designed to build the capacity and capability of believers to be disciple-makers for Christ. ACE strives to equip believers with Attitude, Skills, and Knowledge (ASK) for faithful Christian living, as well as the ministry skills to meet present societal needs. ACE is for all Christians who aspire to be disciple-makers for Christ and, serve impactfully in their local churches and communities.

Module 2 Learning Objectives:
• To extract the essence of Spirit-filled living through the Beatitudes
• To reflect on our heart conditions and allow God to make changes to our lives
• To grow in blessedness and be a blessing to others

Facilitators:

Mr Tay Sin Chuan

Mr Tay Sin Chuan is a retired army officer having served the nation for many years. He is currently working with a community service provider that serves the needs of the elderly. He holds a Master’s in Training and Development and an MA in Pastoral Studies. Sin Chuan is passionate about serving the community and is presently a youth mentor with a youth-centric charity organisation in Singapore.

Adult Christian Education - Module 2: Beatitudes and Spirituality

DATE: 6 July–7 Sept 2024 (10 weeks)
TIME: 10:00–11:00am
VENUE: Asian Pastoral Institute, 20 Aljunied Road, Singapore 389805

FEE: $110
The above module is a part of the Spirit-Filled Life series (total: 7 modules)

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(Registration closes on 3 July 2024)

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Resist Heresy



The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark is a fast-moving account about a Man who should not be ignored: Jesus of Nazareth. Tradition says that Mark preserves the recollections of St Peter about Him. Yet, Mark is the simplest and shortest of the four Canonical Gospels. Some even believe that it is the earliest. Hence, this Gospel may give us the closest narrative of the Man, who is worshipped by more than two billion people today. Beginning in the Jordan, His impact was felt in Galilee and later in Jerusalem, before going worldwide. This is the Gospel that should not be ignored.

Facilitators:

Rev Dr Malcolm TH Tan
The Rev Dr Malcolm TH Tan has served as a Methodist Pastor for almost 40 years before retiring in Dec 2023. As a pastor, he was committed to teaching the Bible, a passion he continues to hold today.

The Gospel Series: The Gospel of Mark - The Gospel You Cannot Ignore

SCHEDULE: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 2024 held every Thursday at 7–9pm
VENUE: Bible House, 7 Armenian Street, S179932
FEE: $40

SIGN UP
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(Registration closes on 29 April 2024)

SOCIAL MEDIA
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For enquiries, please contact Sam Leow at 6304 3782 or email sowerinstitute@biblesociety.sg