UPDATE: FURTHER TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF SERVICES TILL 30 APRIL 2020
In line with the Government’s directive for tighter safe distancing measures, our Parish will suspend all services till 30 April 2020, due to the worsening situation of the global pandemic and the increased risk of community spread.
TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF PARISH WORSHIP SERVICES
In joining our nation’s common effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus, Bishop Rennis has announced that all Anglican parishes in Singapore will take a 2-week break to help prevent a potentially grave situation. Please see Bishop’s Letter here.
Thus, there will be no services on 22 and 29 March 2020. We will resume all services on Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020, unless otherwise instructed by further directives from the Diocese.
Let’s continue to unite in prayers and believe by faith that God will deliver the World from this unprecedented health crisis.
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Our main English services are held every Sunday at 10.30am* and 4.00pm.
There is a concurrent children’s program known as the Shepherd’s Kidz which is held in the Kindergarten Block (at the 4pm service) for children who are 12 years old and below. The Sunday morning service also has a children’s program which takes place during the sermon. Our young people gather for Youth Encounter on Saturday evenings at 4.45pm in the Upper Hall.
The CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD (COGS) is Queenstown’s first Anglican Church.
Built at a cost of $60,000, the Church of the Good Shepherd was started by several local Anglican churches on a 1/2 hectare site at Dundee Road. The foundation stone for the church building was laid in the August of 1959 by then Assistant Bishop of Singapore, The Right Reverend Roland Koh. The church building was officially opened on 31 January 1960 by the Bishop of Singapore, The Right Revd Henry Wolfe Baines.
Services were initially held in Cantonese and Mandarin due to a large number of Chinese worshippers. Our English speaking service was established on 6 January 1963 by the Revd Chris Ellison, who also started the youth congregation that same year.
Since its establishment, the church has played a social role in the community. On 18 January 1972, the Boys’ Brigade 9th Singapore Company was started by the Revd Cecil McSparron. During the 1960s, latchkey children were a common phenomenon and the Boys’ Brigade provided children in Queenstown with meaningful activities and the church’s playing field was a favourite hangout for the home-grown soccer team, Dundee United.
In the 1970s, under the guidance of the Revd James Wong, the English congregation engaged in planting churches in the many new housing estates that were popping up all around Singapore. Many Anglican churches, and even some independent churches today were the result of that season of church planting.
Today, the Church of the Good Shepherd (English) has around 200 members, including youths and children.