The story of Living Praise Presbyterian Church is one of God’s mission and faithfulness through the years.
Our association with the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian schools goes back to the schools’ earlier days as separate boys’ and girls’ schools in the Katong–Joo Chiat area in eastern Singapore. Over the years, the schools had various names, including Katong Girls’ School, Kuo Chuan Girls’ School and Dryburgh English School for the girls; Choon Guan School and Presbyterian Boys’ School for the boys. They amalgamated to form a single, co-ed school in 1985. In 1987, Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School was instituted and relocated to Bishan, followed by the secondary school’s relocation the next year.
Original ties with the east remained, and in 1989, when the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in Singapore requested a preaching station established at the schools, some 40 members of Katong Presbyterian Church began a small congregation that met at the secondary school and ministered to the two schools.
God had further plans to supply much-needed resources for the challenging and rewarding work at the schools. In 1992, God brought the English congregation of about 60 from Abundant Grace Presbyterian Church at Jalan Kayu together with the Bishan congregation.
At the first Annual Congregational Meeting on 9 February 1992, with the election of two elders and ten deacons, the merged congregation chose the new name Living Praise Presbyterian Church (LPPC). LPPC went on to become officially established as a full congregation at its Inaugural Service on 15 March 1992. Living Praise succeeded Katong Presbyterian Church as the anchor church, providing chaplaincy and support to the two schools.
Over these 20 years, God has indeed blessed LPPC and grown our church through Bible study cell groups, Sunday School, youth, young adult and other ministries. In 2012, LPPC renewed our commitment as co-anchor church, with the primary school as our main school ministry, together with Adam Road Presbyterian Church (ARPC) serving the secondary school and non-residential anchor Amazing Grace Presbyterian Church (AGPC) committing after-school and related programmes. May God continue to use us to proclaim His good news of salvation and reach out to our communities at the Kuo Chuan schools, Bishan and wider Singapore.
From 1989 to 1992, weekly worship services were held in the AVA Room of Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School, and Sunday School in the classrooms. With a maximum seating capacity of 110, however, the AVA Room soon proved too small for the growing community. Acoustics in the school hall were found to be lacking. Therefore, in mid-1992, the Session decided to pursue the construction of a Chapel jointly with the Kuo Chuan Presbyterian schools. Construction began in June 1993, with the schools’ Board of Governors bearing half the total development cost. The Chapel was completed a year later in July 1994, with a Dedication Service on 6 August 1994.
Towards the end of 1999, LPPC embarked on a building extension programme, with similar support from the Board of Governors, to cater to our growing ministry. The works were completed in November 2000.
From 2013, the Chapel building underwent alteration and addition works in line with the school’s PERI (Primary Education Review and Implementation) project. At the end of 2014, we moved back to new facilities.