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To Know, love and enjoy God forever – and leading others to do the same
To be a caring, worshipping and growing community
Our Core Values
- Engaging in spiritual disciplines
- Empowering through biblical teaching/training
- Expansion via effective outreach to Kuo Chuan Presbyterian schools and the community
- Edifying with inspiring worship
- Exercising grace and gifts of the Holy Spirit
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At the request of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore, a preaching station was started at the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Schools in 1989. Some forty members from Katong Presbyterian Church started worship services at the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School (KCPSS).
After three years, the congregation worshipping in Bishan realised that there was a shortage of manpower in fulfilling the task before them. Ministering to the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School (KCPSS) as well as the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School (KCPPS) and the community at Bishan require more resources.
Meanwhile, over at Jalan Kayu…. The English Service congregation of Abundant Grace Presbyterian Church was exploring means to expand its ministries.
Through the intervention and good timing of the LORD, both the Bishan and Abundant Grace congregations were brought together in the last quarter of 1991. Meetings were held to discuss and plan for the ’marriage’. This finally took place on the first Sunday of January 1992.
The first Annual Congregational Meeting was held on 9 February 1992 and two elders and ten deacons were elected. At the same time, the name Living Praise Presbyterian Church was chosen to be the name of this new church.
On 15 March 1992, during its Inaugural Service, Living Praise Presbyterian Church was officially established as a full congregation.
Living Praise registered as a charity on 27 February 1993. On 28 September 2012, she was independently registered and accepted as a society under the Societies Act. She maintained her affiliation to The Presbyterian Church in Singapore (PCS).
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In 1989, the weekly worship services were held in the AVA room of Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School. Sunday School classes were conducted in the classrooms there. As in all mission schools, the Chaplain’s office was also situated in the school.
With limited seating capacity (maximum 110) in the AVA room and faced with a growing number in worshippers, the AVA Room was beginning to prove to be too small. The school hall, though could accommodate much more was not conducive as the acoustics were found to be lacking.
Therefore, the Session towards the end of the first half of year 1992 decided to pursue the construction of a Chapel jointly with the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Schools. A piece of land that was housing a basketball court for the Primary School was identified as a possible location. In July the same year, the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Schools’ Board of Governors (BOG) gave their approval as well as the commitment to bear half of the total development cost. A Ground Dedication Service was held on 1 June 1993. The Moderator of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church, the Rt. Rev. Timothy Hoon officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony to signify the commencement of the construction works. The Chapel was completed in July 1994. A Dedication Service was held on 6 August 1994. The then Moderator of the English Presbytery of the Synod of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Dr. Graham Ng led in the service. Towards the end of 1999, the church with the similar support from the BOG, embarked on a building extension program to cater to her growing ministry. The works has been completed in November 2000.
The Chapel Building will be undergoing alteration and addition works at the beginning of 2013. This is in line with the Kuo Chuan Presbtyerian Primary School PERI project.
Work is expected to be completed by end of 2014.