God’s Kind of Church…
“In the beginning, God…” Genesis 1:1
God figures first and foremost in all of life at Bethany. We seek to know Him, to love Him, and to walk in His ways.
Because God reveals Himself through His Word, we study it, live by it, and in this way, build God’s kind of church.
Where God is touching lives…
“That you may know what is the hope of His calling…” Ephesians 1:18
The hallmark of God’s Presence in our midst is lives that are touched and changed through walking with Him in a real and personal relationship, a deepening trust in Him, and a growing knowledge of Him.
Where people care for people.
“…love one another, as I have loved you.” John 13:34
At Bethany, we have been abundantly blessed, cared for, and loved. We seek to grow deeper in this love for God and for one another as a community of faith.
We believe in the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, their consequent inerrancy and infallibility, and as the Word of God, the final authority in faith and life.
We believe in one God existing in three co-equal and co-eternal persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, is truly God and truly man.
We believe that Man was created in the image of God, but sinned through the fall of Adam, and therefore all human beings are born sinful and become sinners in thought, word and deed.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, His ascension to heaven, His exaltation on high and that He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
We believe in the visible and premillennial return of Jesus Christ to judge this world and to bring peace to the nations.
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works, and all who are saved are born again by the Holy Spirit and have become the children of God.
We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Christ and to convict, regenerate, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
We believe in the practice of the Sacrament of Baptism and Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
We believe in the eternal security, bodily resurrection and eternal blessedness of the saved.
We believe in faithfully maintaining the purity of the Church in doctrine and life according to the Word of God.
1973 - 1992
The day of small things
“Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” Zechariah 4:6
Bethany began in 1973 in a single-storey terrace house at 20 Jalan Lakum, Seletar Hills, having grown from a neighbourhood Sunday School ministry.
Our development was modeled after that of the early Church in the Book of Acts in the Bible.
The Word of God and Prayer were our pillars of faith.
We focused on developing a dynamic faith-relationship with God and cultivating oneness with each other.
We sought to fulfill the Great Commission by being involved in making disciples and soul-saving work.
These principles were demonstrated in the establishment of the Pulpit ministry, Sunday Schools, camp ministries, fellowship groups, Bible studies, and music ministries.
Even as God added to the church, we ventured into overseas missions work.
Sunday School Ministry
Formation of Young People’s Group
Formation of Bethany’s first choir
Differentiation of Sunday School Ministry into Junior and Senior Sunday School
Addition of Intermediate Sunday School
First Junior Camp
Commencement of Junior Fellowship
Addition of Beginner Sunday School
2 worship services
Wednesday Bible Study for young people
First Intermediate Camp (the precursor to Teens’ Camp)
First Christmas Concert
Formation of Older Adults’ Group
Formation of Single Adults’ Ministry
First discussion of building of Bethany 2
Commencement of overseas missions (IPC India)
The first student pastor
Dedication of new church grounds
1992 - 2003
Bethany 2 Dedication Service
Establishment of IPC Perth, Australia (Bethel)
First Youth Conference (including overseas brethren)
Establishment of Bethany Theological Seminary, Singapore
Establishment of IPC Myanmar
Establishment of Bethany Theological Seminary (Yangon)
First IPC Conference
Bethany web ministry begins
Establishment of Bethany Orphanage, now Bethany Children Development Center
Ordination of Pastors Mark Tan and Mitchell Tan
Pastor Charles starts writing Daily Devotions
Commencement of Young Adults’ Group
2001 - 2002
Transition period – at Ah Hood Road
2003 - 2016
Bethany 3 Dedication Service
Bethany Kindergarten is established
First YAG retreat
Commencement of discipleship classes
Poetry Ministry begins (weekly bulletin, poetry books, greeting cards, eCards, comfortingwords.com)
Bethany Kids’ Club
As the congregation and ministries continued to grow, it was necessary to expand our physical premises in tandem. We embarked on Additions and Alterations work from 2015-2017 to have what is Bethany 4 today. With an additional floor, a bigger sanctuary and additional auditoriums and spaces, ministries grew and new ones developed.
Dedication Service 18 March 2017
Special Needs Ministry begins
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:20
In line with the Great Commission, Bethany has been involved in making disciples, training servants of God, and planting churches overseas since 1989. We studied how the church at Antioch sent and supported Paul on his missionary journeys, so that we may do the same for our missionaries.
Our IPC Family now includes churches in India, Australia and Myanmar. Pastor Charles Tan has been God’s special servant in the mission field, preaching the Word, training pastors, teachers and leaders, and providing leadership and guidance to the IPC Family.
Able young men who have proven themselves in ministry and theological studies are given the opportunity to further their training at Bethany Theological Seminary (Singapore). Short-term attachments are also available at the seminary.
We answered the Macedonian call to minister in Chennai, Tamil Nadu in 1989. Sathiyam IPC was established in 1989 under the care of Pastor Baskaran. (indsathiyam, Indbaskaran) Jayam IPC followed in 1991 (indjayam) and Visuvasam in 1994, located in the growing education hub of Trichy in Tamil Nadu (indvisuvasam). In 2004, Kirubai IPC was established in the rural village of Ramagiri, Andhra Pradesh. (indkirubai) (indkirubai1) In 2014, we started building another church in Trichy, as well as a study centre in Chennai.
Each year, Bethany’s pastoral team visits India to minister to the IPC Family there. The pastoral team meets with church leaders and teaches at camps, conferences, and anniversary celebrations. We thank God for the faithful Indian pastors who keep in touch with Pastor Charles about the growth of the churches and their various ministry developments.
Bethel IPC began in 1994 as a few families meeting in rented premises each Sunday. Through Pastor Charles, Bethany provided the means and vision to develop the church ministry in a small church on Mint Street in Perth, Western Australia (Bethel I).
In 2005, Bethel moved into their current premises on Milford Street (Bethel II). The relationship between Bethel and Bethany has grown over the years. Bethel models itself closely after Bethany, just as Bethany has sought to follow the biblical model of the Church.
IPC Myanmar was established in 1995. Bethany’s engagement in Myanmar has primarily been in the training of pastors, teachers and missionaries, and in a Children’s Development Centre.
Camps and Retreats
Camps and retreats are highlights in the church calendar. The time set aside for the intensive study and meditation of God’s Word is rewarded with enlightenment, renewal, and a closer walk with God.
Family Camp (yearly, March school holidays)
Every year, we gather at a hotel resort in Johor for a week of studying God’s Word and strengthening bonds of fellowship. Different programmes cater to the diverse needs of our members, even as we come together as one. Pastors and members from our IPC Family would also join us at Family Camp.
Junior Camp (yearly, June school holidays)
Through a meaningful week of games and activities, we seek to reach out to children with God’s love. The Junior Camp is also an opportunity for the Camp Committee to grow in their service.
Youth Conference (yearly, December school holidays)
The Youth Conference is where young people learn the relevance of faith. Here they discover the reality of God to help them face the challenges of an increasingly treacherous path towards adulthood. Young people from Australia and Korea also join us for this.
The YAG retreats take place biannually. These retreats offer short periods of focused instruction, with themes targeted at Christian workers and servants of God.
Children are a precious gift from God. From an early age, we seek to help them come to faith in God, showing them His love and teaching them His ways. We strive to relate to them so that they may grow to love God and His family. Eventually, they may even take their place to serve Him in later years.
The Junior Sunday School and Children’s Worship work together in this very important ministry.
Bethany does not hire caretakers to clean the church. Instead, our young people learn to care for the church of God. Every Sunday, teams of young people wash, wipe, mop and vacuum after morning and evening worship services. Many also help to clean up the kitchen after fellowship lunch and dinner.
The disciples of Jesus learned important lessons of faith as they served alongside their Master and interacted with Him. Similarly, those in discipleship classes have the opportunity to grow through service in ministries like the YPG and YAG committees or as Sunday School teachers.
Saturday 9am class
Saturday 10am class
Saturday 11am class
Pinetree boys – Sunday 2pm
Pinetree girls – Sunday 3pm
Strong bonds of Christian friendship and fellowship are forged between people in fellowship groups. These grow out of a common love for God and from camaraderie in the journey of faith, through discovery, growth and service.
Young People’s Group Saturday 3pm
Young Adults’ Group Saturday 3pm
Adults’ Ministry (AM Bethany) Saturday 5pm
A small team of handymen express their love for God’s house by helping with small jobs and minor repairs around the church.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.” Psalm 23:4
The last lap of our journey on earth can be painful, fraught with illness and suffering. However, it can also be a period of great character moulding as we seek to end the journey well and prepare for eternity.
One way we express our love for others is through walking with them in their last lap of life, supporting them physically, emotionally and spiritually. It is truly a privilege to help them to know the God of all comfort before they are finally ushered into His presence.
Internship programme and weekday morning classes
For young people who are transitioning between phases of work or study, the Bethany internship programme offers a taste of full-time ministry. During this time, they will study God’s Word in greater depth, and that includes the New Testament in its original Greek text. The experience is so enriching that many return for morning classes even after they have completed the internship programme.
The kindergarten is an outreach ministry of the church, bearing witness to children and parents. The kindergarten staff are church members dedicated to caring for each child and providing each one with the best possible experience in learning.
The pastors meet with the staff in daily morning devotions and relate to the children in daily story-telling sessions.
Fellowship is greatly enhanced over meals. At Bethany, the love for God and His people is evident in the extensive spread carefully and lovingly prepared on various occasions. The team prepares these meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Sundays, as well as for camps, post-concert suppers, and funerals.
Our online devotionals, written by Pastor Charles, form a valuable Bible study resource. It is being added to regularly and we call it our Heritage Library.
These series are printed in book form yearly and distributed free of charge during special occasions such as Easter and Christmas. They are also sent to churches in our IPC Family.
The multimedia ministry plays an important supportive role to ensure that every worshipper can participate unhindered in worship. They make sure that the Word preached effectively reaches its intended recipients, and that the worship is enhanced in all of its different forms and channels.
The multimedia ministry encompasses the teams operating and maintaining the audiovisual systems, those developing visual aids and videos to enhance worship, those looking after the information technology systems in the church, as well as the web ministry.
Praising God is integral to Christian life. As King David said in Psalm 103, “Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy Name!”; we also lift our hearts in praise and adoration to God for all His wondrous works.
Our choirs perform regularly as part of worship. Easter and Christmas musicals are outreach opportunities when we invite friends and family to come discover God and find out more about church.
One Voice – young adults
Evergreens – older adults
Kaki’s – men who just want to get together to sing praise to God
Handbells Choir and Chimes
Small groups are a source of special blessings:
Remnants – made up of a few young men – the name being derived from Isaiah 10:22 (Romans 9:27) “Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, the remnant will be saved.”
New songs group – a group of young people tasked to introduce new songs to the congregation and to share how these songs are meaningful to them.
The poetry ministry grew out of a desire to communicate important truths from God’s Word with biblically-inspired poetry.
These poems are distributed in the weekly bulletin, complementing the pulpit ministry. They also form part of the Wall Ministry where the walls of the church are transformed into billboards, displaying artwork, testimonies and poems. The pulpit theme is also further communicated and illustrated through these means.
The poems are also made into greeting cards and eCards, for those who wish to send a word of encouragement.
The Sunday School Ministry forms the bedrock of Christian education at Bethany. From the youngest child to the most mature Christian, we seek to establish all in the faith and equip all for effective service and ministry.
Classes follow a curriculum under the oversight of the pastoral team:
Crèche Pre-school (during morning worship)
Beginner Sunday School Nursery School & Kindergarten
Junior Sunday School 1 7-9 years old
Junior Sunday School 2 10-12 years old
Intermediate Sunday School 13-16 years old
Senior Sunday School 1 Pre-University & University students
Senior Sunday School 2 Young adults, married couples, retirees
Senior Sunday School 3 Foreign domestic workers
Senior Sunday School 4 Mature Christians
Ushers and carpark marshals
The church gets pretty crowded on weekends. Ushers and carpark marshals help to ensure the smooth movement of people and cars so that worship is not hindered.
The MRT station and the bus stop across the road can be challenging to walk to, especially for some of our older worshippers. To help them each Sunday, the van travels between the bus stop, MRT station, and church, ferrying worshippers before and after worship.
The Wall Ministry began in 2013 as part of the publicity efforts for Bethany’s 40th Anniversary. As the initial team formed, we shared a desire to record parts of Bethany’s history and spirit meaningfully on the walls for the larger church body.
Because of its initial impact, the Wall Ministry has been developed for each of the 3 major events in Bethany: Easter, Anniversary, and Christmas. The Wall Ministry today aims to bring a fresh perspective to God’s Word by communicating it in a creative manner using poems written by Pastor Charles Tan.
The preaching of the Word of God is foundational to all ministries in Bethany. The pulpit theme and messages are carefully developed in prayer. They form the basis for the bulletin articles, the worship programmes and the various ministries and activities in the church.
Children’s worship 10.30am
Morning worship 10.30am
Evening worship 5.00pm
Bilingual worship 5.00pm