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In this time of heightened alert, the Church of Jesus Christ must not just be nimble and agile to adapt, the Church must set our hearts and minds on things above as Colossians 3:2 reminds us. Let us look upwards to God for faith, and outwards to the nations with compassion in this time.  

With the new government restrictions in place, all services and fellowships will be going online from 16 May until 13 June, both dates inclusive.  

All TNG CGs and gatherings will also be online. Visit for updates and family discipleship resources. 

All CGs please keep to new government restrictions on social gatherings. 

English Online Service begins at 10.30am as usual. Links to all services (English, Mandarin/Dialect, TNG, All Nations fellowships) available at 

Senior Pastors Rev Tan Kay Kiong & Rev Tony Yeo 

Pastoral Heartbeat

Pastoral Reflections and Statement

In this time of heightened alert, the Church of Jesus Christ must not just be nimble and agile to adapt, the Church must set our hearts and minds on things above as Colossians 3:2 reminds us. Let us look upwards to God for faith, and outwards to the nations with compassion in this time.  

With the new government restrictions in place, all services and fellowships will be going online from 16 May until 13 June, both dates inclusive.  

All TNG CGs and gatherings will also be online. Visit for updates and family discipleship resources. 

All CGs please keep to new government restrictions on social gatherings. 

English Online Service begins at 10.30am as usual. Links to all services (English, Mandarin/Dialect, TNG, All Nations fellowships) available at  

Senior Pastors Rev Tan Kay Kiong & Rev Tony Yeo

6 May 2021 Pastoral Statement

What is our greatest need in this period of uncertainty? Our greatest need has not changed –  we still need hope! And that hope we have is in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ! So we continue to look upward to God and point others towards Him for hope! As God’s people who bear witness to Him, let us be in prayer for the vulnerable groups among us, the local situation in Singapore, and the countries gravely affected by the pandemic.

In response to the new government restrictions for the month of May, here are some of the changes that Covenanters should take note of:


Starting this weekend of 8-9 May, all service capacity (English, Mandarin/Dialect, All Nations) will be reduced to 100 pax per service.


All previously booked tickets for this weekend (9 May) English adult services will be voided. Booking for all three centres will reopen on Friday, 7 May, 6pm. Please rebook your tickets then.

Maximum of 3 tickets per registration is allowed. You will need to fill in registration details for all the tickets.

Booking for weekend of 16 May will be opened on Wed, 12 May, 2pm.

Book your tickets at https://connect.cefc
For more details on booking, go to


Do note that “Live” congregational singing is suspended and members attending are reminded to keep their masks on at all times.


SafeEntry check-in will be done via the TraceTogether App/token. Scanning of SafeEntry QR codes with your phone camera or via the SingPass App will be discontinued from 17 May. Scanning of IC will be discontinued after 30 May.


All preschool is temporarily suspended.

All other TNG CGs currently running under each centre will continue with new group capacity of 5.

Some Woodlands and East Youth CGs will be online. Please check in with your TNG leaders for latest updates.

Parents, please look out for booking instructions from TNG leaders.

Covenant Groups & Discipleship Groups

As part of our mutual encouragement to each other in this time, we encourage our CGs/DGs to meet in-person where possible, in reduced numbers of 5, with appropriate precautionary measures as advised by the government from 8 May onwards.

As our last Sunday sermon in 1 Sam 8 reminded, God is still truly King!
Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 1 Cor 8:6

In Christ,

Rev Tan Kay Kiong & Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

25 Sep Pastoral Statement

What has been unmistakably clear for us in these times? We are still an Intentional Disciplemaking Church with a clear identity, purpose, and mission.

We give thanks for how the Singapore government has been measured, prudent and responsible in their approach to the safe reopening of church services. The government has announced this week that 100 worshippers is now allowed for religious organisations. This means that we can have 100 worshippers in each service in all our centres.

We are truly awed and grateful that this easing of restrictions providentially happens on the same weekend that Woodlands and Bukit Panjang will be resuming service, and also for Covenant East to resume service at Park Avenue Convention Centre. This means that we will be allowed to have 100 worshippers at each of our services at all centres, on the weekend of 3rd and 4th October.

We have planned for and implemented strict safe-distancing measures according to the government regulations. From the point of entry to exit, there will be 2 strict zones of 50 worshippers. Within the hall, the zones are separated by a physical barrier and 3m safe-distancing. An FAQ is available here:

As important as safety measures are, for us as disciples, what is of primary importance is not just the physical preparation. What is of primary importance is the spiritual preparation of our hearts to encounter the high and holy God who is absolutely worthy of our worship. God calls us to return. But this return is not just to church on-site, for God calls us first of all to return to Him with a whole heart.

As we look forward to worshipping together on-site, let’s return to the heart of worship — to worship the Lord with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all of our strength!

Rev Tan Kay Kiong & Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

In a very uncertain world, what the Church offers is not a guarantee of certainty, but a beacon of clarity.

For Covenant EFC, to see the way forward in uncertain times, we come back to the clarity of our identity, our purpose and our mission.

Clarity of Identity: We are an ADID Church Family

Clarity of Purpose: We are a Church Family designed to commune with and glorify God.

Clarity of Mission: We are a Church Family with a mission to return the Church to her disciplemaking roots through Authentic Discipleship and Intentional Disciplemaking so as to reproduce disciples of A Certain Kind and to multiply them to win the world for Christ.

However, in the interim of Covid pandemic, we have real constraints on how we can gather as a disciplemaking church. So how do you decide whether online or face-to-face? In this interim, we need both/and rather than either/or. We need a hybrid church of both online and face-to-face as we gather in our CGs, and at our online and our on-site services. Whether we lean more to online or face-to-face depends very much on the local situation and the government restrictions.

We are thankful that the Singapore government has taken a very measured approach to re-opening. They have been very responsible and careful in how they ease restrictions, especially for religious organisations. So to be socially responsible, we are taking the cue
from the government.

We have been praying about and deliberating on-site church for many months, with dialogue and consultation with staff, leaders, other churches and the government authorities. So under the present circumstances, we will be resuming on-site church for 50 worshippers,
starting first with Covenant East this weekend, then Woodlands and Bukit Panjang on the weekend of 3rd & 4th October.

We want to assure you that we have implemented strict safe-distancing measures according to government regulations. An FAQ is available here:

We believe that as restrictions ease, the physical assembly of God’s people is a visible and concrete expression of our identity as a people
of God. Yet, we also recognise that some of us may not be able to gather on-site yet due to the restrictions. One is no less spiritual than the other for God always sees our heart and our motivations.

With the current constraints, we are still unable to resume TNG services on-site in 2020. Yet we truly believe this is a God-given space for family discipleship!

We are so encouraged by testimonies of parents still pressing on in family discipleship at home in various forms. Whether it’s building relationships with your kids, a meal-time faith conversation, bedtime Bible story or engaging in our weekly TNG resources … We want to say, “Well done!!”

Press on in discipling the next generation! Let’s also encourage our young ones to keep engaging with their spiritual family via the TNG online platforms.

When we gather in our CGs, we are still the Church. When we gather at our online Church@Home, we are still the Church.
When we gather on-site for service, we are still the Church.

Let us persevere in being the Church God intends us to be, for indeed, Jesus is coming again, soon!

Rev Tan Kay Kiong and Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

Pastoral Statement

Dear Covenant Family,

This week, we have entered Phase 2 as a nation. As a church, Sunday worship at our premises will not be able to resume due to the restrictions on numbers. Based on government advisories, live-singing is also restricted and this is likely to continue even as larger numbers are gradually allowed. We ask for your prayers as the church leadership continues to depend on the Holy Spirit to make wise decisions regarding the re-opening of live services. We will keep you posted as and when the advisories change.

As a church, we want to remain socially responsible and exercise prudence even as the government has eased its restrictions. Covenant Groups may continue meeting via online platforms. 

As a spiritual family, we have learned that the Church of Jesus Christ continues to flourish in the face of challenges. We have been resilient and adapted to necessary changes. 

Yet, Phase 3 may be some time away. How then do we remain faithful to God and the mission He has called us to? What must we adapt to and what must we hold on to?

As we navigate this next normal, there are 3 discipleship convictions that must hold on to us so that we can stay faithful.

  1. Discipleship is not just being church building-centric but Christ-centric.Being Christ-Centric means Consecration (Loving God); Community (Loving Family, both our own and the spiritual Church family); and Commitment to the ADID mission (Loving F.R.A.N.S.) that God has called us to. 
  1. Discipleship is not just depending on the Sunday pulpit-feeding but built on daily self-feeding and family discipleship. This means being disciplined and consistent in our personal devotion with God. This means family altars and family conversations, through the weekly TNG resources provided. 

  1. Finally, Discipleship is not just getting content with the online meetings but longing to meet again as a sacred assembly of God’s people. The Church is a relational and intimate community where we connect and draw close to each other. The Church is where we witness to God’s glory when we worship God together.

In spite of the pandemic and the challenges it has brought, we hold on to our identity as the people of God. For it is God, in His steadfast and unfailing love, who is ultimately the One who is holding on to us.

Rev Tan Kay Kiong and Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

24 April Pastoral Heartbeat

Hello brothers- and sisters-in-Christ,

During this Circuit Breaker period, may we grow to LOVE FAMILY. Yes, our families may be far from perfect, but nonetheless they are precious gifts from God! Let this Circuit Breaker period build up your family relationships rather than break down your family bonds. What a wonderful thing it would be if our families, through the challenges and opportunities we encounter, find ourselves growing in love and unity!

Beyond blessing our own family members, let’s also look out for opportunities to be a blessing to others in need. Over the past two weeks, the needs of badly affected Singaporeans and migrant workers have surfaced strongly in our nation. We see clearly the needs of homeless people, migrant workers, the elderly poor, jobless adults and disadvantaged schoolchildren. Our prayer is that God will mightily use us as individuals and families to glorify His name during this Covid-19 pandemic.

Most of us need to repent of taking migrant construction workers for granted. Over the years, they have laboured hard for our homes, offices, public infrastructure and transport systems. The current huge outbreaks at their dormitories have caused them much fear and distress. The workers are far from home and family, worried for their family members and not wanting to cause them worry. We thank God that they are now receiving excellent care from our wonderful and dedicated healthcare workers, military personnel and government officials. Covenanters, let’s do our part to pray for and love our migrant family in whatever ways we can during these difficult times. Remember what God said in Leviticus 19:33-34 (NIV):

33 “When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. 34 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”

As a church family, we celebrate with great thanksgiving some wonderful developments this past week:

  • As of 21 April, the donations to New Life Project Love for the needy in the community from Covenanters and members of the public have reached $281,905.
  • Two lay-driven, ground-up initiatives to bless migrant workers living in dormitories with meals and groceries have raised an amount of $70,735 as of 21 April.
  • An appeal has gone out for funds to help our needy overseas missions partners and Covenanters can respond by giving to our church’s Missions Fund.
  • We also hear of Covenanters directly helping their church friends who are experiencing financial hardship.

What a beautiful picture of God’s people loving and caring for one another, as well as loving and caring for people outside the church! Praise the Lord! We celebrate the generosity of our Covenant family in giving of themselves and sharing resources to bless both Singaporeans and the migrant workers who are in need!

Brothers and sisters, let’s keep loving our families and spreading God’s love together!

Rev Tan Kay Kiong and Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

17 April Pastoral Heartbeat

Dear brothers- and sisters-in-Christ,

We trust that you had a meaningful Good Friday and a great Easter Sunday. As Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon reminded us: “The Church must believe and live out the resurrection of Christ!

Since we started our full online services and sermons on 29 March, there have been about 6,700 to 15,000 playback views of the video recordings from each Sunday onwards, with viewers from Singapore as well as other countries. The number of viewers will be even more if we consider that many families attend and watch the services together. Praise the Lord that His Word has been going forth far and wide!

We urge you to trust in the Lord and do your part in Singapore’s fight against the pandemic during these weeks of Circuit Breaker measures. Please stay home and save lives! Let us keep praying for the severe outbreaks in the migrant workers’ dormitories to be effectively contained and for all the infected workers to fully recover.

The current social restrictions with work-from-home and home-based-learning arrangements are not easy for individuals and families. Households will inevitably see increased tensions between married couples, between parents and their children, and between adult children and their elderly parents. How can we overcome family tensions and conflicts?

Let’s first deal with the fundamentals: We need a new heart.

Jesus said in Mark 7:20-23 – “20 … What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

Brothers and sisters, we are not here to judge anyone, for we all have the same struggles. But we want you to know that there is only one solution to deal with all our tensions and conflict – We need a new heart!

Like the Pharisees, we tend to deal with problems through legalistic means, relying on our man-made laws and rules. We try to resolve issues on the external by making certain demands on outward behaviours. That may help for a while, but it does not last. What we really need is a radical change from within! A new heart. A new spirit. We need to bring our frustrations, our anger, our bitterness, our loss of control, whatever toxic emotions, to God and ask Him to transform our hearts and change our sinful nature through Jesus Christ and His Gospel. Only Jesus can change us from within and give us a new heart. This is what will last.

Friends, in all your family tensions and conflicts, will you earnestly ask God for a new heart?

We would like to share two key applications for dealing with tensions and conflicts:

  1. Count others more significant than yourself (Phil 2:3): To do so, The Message Bible paraphrase says, “Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top.” So let us strive to find what is good in the other person. Catch our family members doing something good and praise them. When someone fumbles, do not start raising your voice at the person. Be patient and kind.
  2. Look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others (Phil 2:4): We know that this can be hard. Again, from The Message: “Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
    So let us keep looking out for that which satisfy the other person’s needs. Of course, there may need to be some healthy negotiations and mutual compromises, so that we meet each other halfway. But if you choose to listen well to the other family members and ask, “What can I do to meet your needs?”, the relationship dynamics changes.

Those are by no means exhaustive. But if you are willing to change, the Holy Spirit will help you!

Brothers and sisters, we believe that this period is a God-given time for Intentional Family Discipleship and Disciplemaking. The journey may be hard, but the rewards are out of this world!

May God strengthen us with love, faith and hope in Jesus Christ!


Rev Tan Kay Kiong and Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

2 April Pastoral Statement

In the past two months since we went to DORSCON Orange, and the three weeks since we suspended church services, what we have experienced together is all very new to us. It is a whole new level of uncertainty and constant change that we have had to cope with, as a nation and as a church.

In view of the sharply escalating number of unlinked cases in Singapore, and not just the imported cases, we are encouraging our CGs and MGs to meet over online platforms instead of face-to-face for the time being. Our church family’s health and well-being is important to us. We also believe that this will go some way in containing the spike of infections in Singapore. This advisory for small group gatherings will be reviewed regularly as the situation evolves.

Coping with this crisis has been very challenging for all of us. In our workplace, tensions with the economy coming almost to a standstill is very worrying. Job losses are real. Parents experienced this week what it’s like to have to teach their children from home – it’s really not that easy. News reports have been coming out that tensions are rising in the family as countries around the world go into lockdown.

Church-wise we have had to cope to meeting each other in different forms. Meeting online is something we are not used to – it can lead to us also feeling a sense of greater isolation from each other. So we need to keep these relationships going by encouraging one another and keep pointing each other back to God. This is also something challenging for us as a church community to navigate together.

As we look to Good Friday and Easter next week, we have to remember first and foremost, what is the foundation of our faith. We are a spiritual family to whom Christ gave his life – the Body of Christ deeply connected to one another. Let’s hold fast to God, and to each other — praying for and encouraging each other in this time.


Rev Tan Kay Kiong and Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

27 March Pastoral Statement

Disruption. This word describes this past week.

With the announcement of the various closures and the enhanced containment measures, the normality of our lives feel disrupted. But while church services are suspended, the Church is not.

With the church services suspended till 30 April, our Sunday English livestream service will be at 9.15am only. Click on to access the livestream. Playback of the livestream will be available from 10.15am onwards till 3.00pm.

So in this season, what keeps us going? Relationships! When we continue to deepen our relationships with God and with each other – that is what keeps us connected as a spiritual family. 

With many having to work from home, this Covid season means you will be spending more time with your family than ever before. Take time to have a real conversation with your spouse. Look for teachable moments with your children. Spend a bit of extra time with your elderly parents and grandparents who may be feeling more anxious in this season.

In a time of increasing isolation, persevere in deepening fellowship with each other. Our CGs will have to meet in smaller sub-groups (not exceeding 10) this season. For those who prefer not to meet face-to-face, we encourage you to start using technology like Zoom to keep up the connectedness, even if it is a short 45-minute sharing and prayer time. Pick up the phone to pray for one another. Share what God has been speaking in your daily devotions.

Finally, we encourage you to deepen your personal relationship with God. The words of 2 Chronicles 15:4 is a deep assurance of God’s Presence in such times. “In their distress they turned to the Lord and sought him, he was found by them.” All the more in such times, make knowing Him and drawing near to Him fully in His Word, with prayer and fasting, as your pursuit.

Rev Tan Kay Kiong and Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

20 Mar Pastoral Statement

As shepherds of God’s flock, we have been prayerfully considering the situation and wrestling with difficult tensions to hold. As part of the larger community in Singapore, we seek to be a blessing in this nation. 

The Government has been in constant contact with the church leadership of Singapore. Following recent developments, they have encouraged churches to find ways to support enhanced measures that are put in place to help stem the spread of Covid-19 in the community. Therefore the CEFC leadership has decided that we will suspend all services for two weeks (21-22 and 28-29 March). We will review the developing situation and look forward to resuming services thereafter with enhanced precautionary measures.  

Please join us in our Sunday livestream services at 9.15am and 11.15am. Click on to access the livestream. There will be no physical services. 

For small gatherings, Youth CGs in church premises are temporarily suspendedCovenant Groups can continue with enhanced travel precautionary measures. Please click on to access the full list of precautionary measures on our Church Advisory. 

Targeted measures like this help us navigate the spikes of the pandemic over the long haul. Our highly interconnected nation is feeling the effects from the global situation. We are all in this together.  

We, being part of the local community, must come together to help one another through this. Just this week, we opened up Woodlands Centre to house some Malaysian workers stranded by the lockdown. Within hours of requesting contributions, Covenanters rose to the occasion to bless total strangers in need. Practical acts of love in this season speak volumes. 

Let us also encourage each other in our discipleship this season. Pick up the phone to pray with a brother or sister in Christ. Send an encouraging text from your devotional journal. In your Covenant Groups, we encourage you to keep it going. Join in via video-conference for those members who cannot be present. In these isolating times, all the more we need to build deeper connections with each other.  

On Sundays, come together in CGs or smaller groups to participate in the worship, the Word, the offering and the prayer times during the livestreaming services. After that, you can also use the TNG discipleship resources at for your children together. Let’s help each other to disciple our children! 

The truth of Psalm 46 are a deep comfort in times like these: 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1 

Let us continue to trust in God who is absolutely sovereign over all.  

Rev Tony Yeo and Rev Tan Kay Kiong
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church 

13 Mar Pastoral Statement 

As this week’s events unfolded across the world stage, many of us in Singapore felt a sense of déjà vu. After all, it was only five weeks ago that Singapore was one of the first and hardesthit nations outside of China. 

What have we learned in the past five weeks since then? We have learned that taking personal responsibility for our own hygiene and social distancing when ill are the most critical factors for flattening the spike of infections. We have learned that precautionary measures do mitigate the risks in order not to overwhelm the healthcare system. We have learned that all these measures need to be cradled by implicit trust in the authorities. We have come a long way indeed. Yet, since the pandemic appears to be here for the longer term, as a church, we need to learn how to ride out the inevitable peaks and troughs of this pandemic in order to better sustain life as a spiritual family. 

Many of you have heard the PM’s message on Thursday night. We are taking the situation very seriously and will be implementing further precautionary measures as advised to reduce crowding and increase ventilation. To allow for more social distancing between seats, we will be opening up more areas for congregants to spread out within the sanctuary. For our Youth CGs resuming this week, they will be meeting in ventilated areas or in spaces with fewer than 20 pax per room. 

For the next 14 days, in order to protect our vulnerable groups, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure and lung conditions, are advised to stay home and worship together with us through our livestreaming. Our Mandarin and Dialect ministries which have a high proportion of elderly, will also be suspended as soon as practicable for 14 days. Therefore, the Mandarin and Dialect services will be suspended for two weeks on 21-22 and 28-29 March 2020. 

What can we do when our lives are disrupted? Let’s find creative ways to continue community life! If you’re finding that having discipleship conversations on your own a little challenging, arrange to meet up with another family and disciple the kids together. Some are already doing this as Covenant Groups very successfully! Click on to access the discipleship resources. People are not giving up meeting in Covenant Groups – some are still going out to BLESS others very intentionally. That’s Greater Discipleship! 

A discipleship journey is never a solo journey. In times of crisis, this holds true even more. As a spiritual family, let us press on together towards what God has called us to – Greater Discipleship in times like this! 

Rev Tan Kay Kiong & Rev Tony Yeo
Senior Pastors
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

Northern Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan. As the repercussions of the coronavirus situation is felt around the world, the possibility of a long-term outbreak is becoming more and more real. Yet, life has to go on. We see different sectors learning to cope with this crisis. With business continuity plans in place, workplaces are adapting to different work arrangements. Events that have been postponed are slowly coming back. The Catholic Church in Singapore will also be resuming their mass services next week. As a nation, we have grown in learning to adapt to this challenge. Even our Covenant Groups have learnt to video-conference into CG meetings if they are unwell or from a different centre. We have proven to be resilient and resourceful!

One major area of challenge has been for our children and youth. Across the world, the United Nations has estimated that nearly 290M children are facing school disruptions as a result of Covid-19. Many have been compelled to move their learning to home and online.

The TNG Ministry has been working hard to produce video and teaching resources for family discipleship at home this season. About 30% of our families have been consistently using these resources to disciple their children on Sundays. Some are participating in the livestream service as families, others are using the weekly family devotional in our Devotional Journal. We are so encouraged to hear many stories of Covenanters rising up to take ownership of family discipleship – teach them about Jesus’ love and what it means to spread God’s love practically to their friends and neighbours. Keep at it!

The TNG Ministry is a critical part of this important village to bring our children up in the ways of God. When the TNG services were closed for the past three weeks, we really missed the life and vibrancy of having the children and youths around. So on their own initiative, a number of adults and youths decided to meet last Saturday to write and send out 1,000 “Miss You” cards to our preschool and lower primary kids – to tell them that we missed them and to encourage them to press on to know Jesus through our TNG resources on the website.

With all the precautionary measures being taken, we are working towards having our youths back with us on Sundays from 15 March onwards in the form of Youth CGs. We are keeping a close eye on the evolving situation and will continue to balance faith and prudence in our decisions to progressively reopen TNG services.

As Ps Kai wrote in his heartbeat “Can Anything Good Come Out of This?” last week, we deeply believe that much good, much discipleship, much disciplemaking can come out of this situation. Let us have eyes to see the opportunities to be salt and light, and the faith to live for what really matters!


Rev Tan Kay Kiong & Rev Tony Yeo 
Senior Pastors 
Covenant Evangelical Free Church 

All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Ecc 3:20, ESV.

These are words traditionally spoken at Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a 40-day season of preparation (excluding Sundays) leading up to Easter. While the word Lent is not mentioned in the Bible, the spiritual practices of Lent of fasting, repentance and prayer bring us to deeper awareness of our spiritual condition. They prepare our hearts for even closer intimacy with our Lord Jesus as we remember His death and resurrection.

So Lent is like a divine pause. A time to pause to consider and reflect on our humanity – mortal, broken, sinful and in desperate need of a Saviour. Similarly, the Covid-19 situation is also like a divine pause – a pause in our frantic, hyper-scheduled lives and a pause in our highly competitive and anxious society to grapple with the deeper things in life.

Three Ways Covid-19 is a divine pause for Greater Discipleship:

  1. A Divine Pause to confront our mortality
    Without the spectre of a global pandemic, most of us go through life without much thought of our own mortality. In fact, the locus of our lives tend to be centred on the here-and-now instead of the greater spiritual reality of eternity. Let us remember that all that He has given to us here on earth is for us to steward for a season only.
  2. A Divine Pause to test our foundations
    The news of a confirmed case in an educational institution hits close to home for parents. The fears are real and very human. But fears can also reveal to where the foundations of our faith lie. Do we truly believe in the sovereignty of God even in the midst of dire situations? Let us allow the Holy Spirit to examine the source of our fears.
  3. A Divine Pause to evaluate our purpose
    When life is normal, business goes on as usual. But when life is unusual, it compels us to contend with the larger questions of meaning and purpose. It compels us to reckon with what we are truly called to do here on earth – to go forth and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20). Let us see the tremendous opportunities in this Covid-19 season to proclaim the light and hope of our Gospel.

Here is a story from Nelson Tan, our Board member, about his experience leading a Marketplace Alpha group this week:

“In the group that I was facilitating, there were four non-Christians and one new believer. As I was asking them this question on what made them decide to come that day, one of them replied:

‘It was Covid-19! When I looked at Eventbrite, all the events were cancelled in Singapore except for this Alpha. I wondered to myself, there must be something special about this Alpha group that still chose to continue. Hence, I’ve got no other choice but to come and check it out.’”

May this season of Divine Pause lead you towards a higher view of God, a deeper love for others, and a greater discipleship in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev Tan Kay Kiong
Senior Pastor
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

As a nation, Singapore is grappling with the reality of Covid-19. On a community healthcare front, all measures are being taken to contain the spread. As a church, our social responsibility is also to play our part by implementing appropriate measures to protect our vulnerable groups and to mitigate the risks as best we can.

All English and Mandarin adult services will continue in their usual timings and venues. 9.15am Bukit Panjang service will be fully live streamed. You can access this web link ( from 9.10am to participate in the entire service live.

The BPJ pre-recorded video sermon will be made on our CEFC app and Facebook page from 11am onwards. WDL & East pre-recorded video sermons will be made available on our CEFC app and Facebook page from 1pm onwards.

Our TNG family discipleship resources continue to be available at for Preschool, Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Youth services. We are encouraged to hear so many stories of parents taking family disciplemaking to the next level.

Yet, despite all these measures, the emotional reality of fear is real. How should we as a community grapple with fear? Perhaps we should take a step back to see the larger picture.

This reflection that I recently read gripped me. It is a translated article from a Christian in China.

Don’t Waste This Epidemic

  1. If you do not believe that the epidemic is allowed by God, you will waste the epidemic.
  2. If you only rely on outside protection instead of seeking comfort from God, you will waste this epidemic.
  3. If you refuse to consider death, you will waste this epidemic.
  4. If you only want the epidemic to stop as soon as possible, but just to live a normal life without seeking to understand God ’s will and cherish Christ more, you will waste the epidemic.
  5. If you spend too much time reading the information about the epidemic, but you don’t have enough time to read the Word of God, you will waste the epidemic.
  6. If you treat your sin as casually as before, you will waste this epidemic.
  7. If you do not make good use of this epidemic and make it an opportunity to witness to the true and glorious Christ, you are wasting this epidemic.

2020 is our year of Greater Discipleship. As we look forward to hearing God’s Word together this Sunday as a church community, may God grant you eyes to see these circumstances through new eyes of faith.

Live for what really matters. Be salt and light.

Rev Tan Kay Kiong
Senior Pastor
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

We began the year with our 2020 spiritual burden – Towards Greater Discipleship! What then does Greater Discipleship look like in the light of current circumstances? Everything in our life seems to be dictated by a very tiny virus (COVID-19) which cannot even be seen by the naked eyes. Surely, we need to be careful and cautious but not overly paranoid and worried. In the words of our Leadership Mentor Rev Edmund Chan in his article in Salt & Light, “Being worried and being careful are two entirely different things. There is no use worrying. However, there is a responsibility (and wisdom!) to be careful.” The medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 is perhaps more infectious than SARS, with a mortality rate of 2% at the epicentre of Wuhan and 0.2% outside of China.         

There are certainly concerns over the increased local transmission and the larger church circumstances in Singapore. We are keeping a close watch on government advisories and their overall strategy to contain the spread. Hence, we have introduced video transmission of our sermon at 10am last Sunday for Covenanters who cannot be physically present to still be included in our continuing worship of God as a community. All other non-essential meetings and training in the next two weeks have either been postponed or will be conducted via e-platforms. Covenant Groups can continue to meet as decided by the group leader and members. That which is important to our faith and life should continue in other creative forms while we remain vigilant. Some groups had prayer meetings via video-conferencing, others broke into smaller sub-groups for prayer and fellowship together. Let the mutual encouragement from community life continue!

We are deeply committed to the wellbeing of Covenanters, especially to protect the vulnerable groups. As such we have temporarily suspended services for our TNG. We encourage all our parents to take this opportunity to lead the family spiritually.  We have stepped up even greater precautionary measures to maintain our vigilance. (Please see our latest church advisory dated 14 Feb 2020). These are unprecedented times and we want to do that which is glorifying to God. While some decisions may differ from others, it is God-glorifying to remain in a posture of mutual grace and acceptance. Our decisions have been considered lovingly, prayerfully and prudently.

As a community of faith, we look to God’s wisdom and discernment to guide us in these times. In a climate of uncertainty and fear, the eternal hope and foundation of our lives is in our Lord Jesus Christ. We affirm His sovereignty over our lives, over Covenant, over Singapore and over the nations. May we go forth as carriers of the gospel also to resound as voices of hope, compassion and peace.

Rev Tan Kay Kiong
Senior Pastor
Covenant Evangelical Free Church

Church Advisory

In this time of heightened alert, the Church of Jesus Christ must not just be nimble and agile to adapt, the Church must set our hearts and minds on things above as Colossians 3:2 reminds us. Let us look upwards to God for faith, and outwards to the nations with compassion in this time.  

With the new government restrictions in place, all services and fellowships will be going online from 16 May until 13 June, both dates inclusive.  

All TNG CGs and gatherings will also be online. Visit for updates and family discipleship resources. 

All CGs please keep to new government restrictions on social gatherings. 

English Online Service begins at 10.30am as usual. Links to all services (English, Mandarin/Dialect, TNG, All Nations fellowships) available at 

Senior Pastors Rev Tan Kay Kiong & Rev Tony Yeo 

English Services
8.30am & 10.30am 

Mandarin & Dialect Services
Hokkien Service (Sat) – 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Mandarin Service (Sun) – 1.30pm to 2.30pm 

All Nations Fellowship

English Services ­­­
8.00am, 9.45am & 11.30am  

Mandarin & Dialect Services
Hokkien Service (Sat) – 5.30pm to 6.45pm
Mandarin Service (Sun) – 1.30pm to 2.30pm

All Nations Fellowship

English Services
9.00am & 11.00am 

Precautionary Measures Taken

Safe Distancing Measures for On-Site Church Service

As each family’s health and situation is different, deciding to attend on-site service is your personal / family choice. We encourage you to discuss this prayerfully with your family. As a church, your spiritual health is important to us. So too is your physical and emotional health.  Below are the measures that have been thought through and put in place:

  • MCCY’s approval of our safe management plan
  • 1-meter distance between seats and all congregants to wear masks
  • Mandatory Safe Entry & Trace Together App
  • Mandatory valid ticket and temperature-taking
  • No “live” singing during the service under current restrictions
  • Access to toilets segregated to different groups of 50
  • No bulletins or offering bags to be passed around
  • Worshippers will enter and exit in designated routes without mingling
  • Sanctuary and rooms will be disinfected during the turnaround time
  • After service, fellowship in groups of 5 people or less can take place on your own arrangement but strictly only outside the worship premises


Precautionary Measures

  • Please adhere to government advisories for those on quarantine, SHN, SHN medical certificate. If you are a close contact of these persons, do refrain from in-person church services and church-related gatherings.
  • Continue to be prudent and socially responsible in all your personal hygiene and health measures such as keeping to safety measures in church premises, wearing your mask, and having rigorous hand hygiene.
  • SafeEntry check-in will be done via the TraceTogether App or token. Scanning of SafeEntry QR codes with your phone camera or via the SingPass App will be discontinued from 17 May. Scanning of IC will be discontinued after 30 May.
  • Please remain in your own centres and book tickets for in-person services at only ONE centre to minimise risk of cross-centre infections.


Please Worship at Church@Home if:

  • You have close contact with people on quarantine, Stay-Home-Notice, or recent travellers.
  • You are unwell in any way or exhibit fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • You are in a vulnerable group or have pre-existing medical conditions.

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