ROOTS DOWN In our faith in God
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6,7
Expresses our desire to be rooted in Christ, as individuals, families and community. As a community, we want to be a bearer of His presence. We want to be a people who are praying, seeking and broken before Him. It is when a plant is rooted that she will be strong and “yield it’s fruit in season.” (Psalm 1:3,4)
WALLS DOWN Towards One Another
Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
Expresses our desire to be a community marked by love. We want to build spiritual intimacy and help each other to grow in love and good works (Heb 10:25). We want to grow “a space for grace” and “perfect love that casts out all fears” in the way we relate to one another. We want everyone to know he or she is valued. The Church can be a “home” for all and indeed this expresses one of the deepest desires in our heart as we dream of a church we want to be a part of.
BRIDGES OUT To the World
You are salt and light in the world. Matthew 5:13-14
We are aware of many grace gifts which the Lord has given to us in SAC. We want to be good stewards and live out our kairos calling even while we seek to be faithful and build longterm for the future. SAC with her location in space (city centre) and time (rich history), has natural connections with the city. How can we better reach the people of today, as represented by our youths and young adults? What about those from other cultures? Is SAC a warmth place for people of all status and colour?
What We Can See For The Cathedral
In my first year here as Vicar, I have met many of you who have shared with me your aspirations for our Cathedral. The staff has also been praying and reflecting on the vision and values which guide our work and ministry. I sum up some of these thoughts below.
A Home in the City
A place where members and guests love to visit - may it be for prayer, Bible study or to meet with friends. A clean and welcoming place with benches, tables and chairs, a well-kept garden and multilingual signage. Being welcoming is more than just about the facilities. As members of St Andrew’s, we seek to be warm and friendly to all. We appreciate feedback and will respond to enquiries.
A Hub in the City
We seek to be good stewards of our Christian, cultural and historical heritage. Located in the civic district and among the institutions of government, the arts and history, we have opportunity to connect with our neighbours and share our heritage with all. St Andrew’s has a significant place in the history of Singapore since its founding, and we will continue to play our part in the progress of this nation. Informative boards and literature about our church presented with tours of the Cathedral, choral events, pipe organ recitals and exhibitions from time to time, will be used in this work.
A Church in the City
We have the privilege of living out our faith in the city. Drawing out the best of our Anglican heritage, we want to be a vibrant church that reaches out to a diverse and urban population – young and old, sojourners, rich and poor. Services are conducted in many languages and our ministries strive to reach people in need of the Lord. Amidst the busyness of the city, St Andrew’s is a quiet place where one can find solace and seek peace with God.
May this vision guide us as followers of Christ at St Andrew’s.