Jesus Club

Because Everyone Matters To God

Jesus Club seeks to be a community of God’s people - with and without disabilities - gathered around His word, sharing deep bonds of fellowship in Christ, and serving one another in love.

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Caregivers Gathering 2021

Jesus Club held our annual Caregivers Gathering at Bethesda Church Bukit Arang on Saturday, 27th March 2021. It was a combined gathering with both Jesus Clubs at Bethesda Church Bukit Arang ([email protected]) and Bethesda Frankel Estate Church ([email protected]).

Mr David Lang, a lecturer at Singapore Bible College, gave a talk on “Care Giving When Trials Multiply”. He shared a Biblical perspective from the Book of Job on how Job grappled with suffering and difficulties in life, and also shared from his own personal experience of caring for two children living with a rare neuro-degenerative disease. We had group discussions for the caregivers to share with one another.

Due to Covid-19, we had a hybrid programme where 12 caregivers were on-site at Bukit Arang, while another 10 caregivers were online viewing our meeting simultaneously over Zoom. For those who were on-site, we also had a concurrent programme for our special friends.

We are glad to be able to support our caregivers during this difficult Covid-19 season. And we look forward to be able to interact with our caregivers more when we are able to fully resume our on-site meetings in July 2021. A special thanks to all our Jesus Club volunteers who made the event possible.

About

Jesus Club is a ministry for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) who can no longer fit socially into the children and youth ministries in the church but who find the Bible teaching for adults too fast or difficult to understand.

Vision

Jesus Club seeks to be a community of God’s people, with and without disabilities, who gather around his Word, share deep bonds of fellowship in Christ, and serve one another in love.

Mission

To teach the Bible clearly and faithfully so that every member can know God to the extent that he has enabled him/her.

To build a community of love for one another as family in Christ.

Goals

1. To use a range of pedagogical methods to help members learn and apply a big idea from the talks during each session.

2. To have activities and attitudes that build community.

3. To enable each member to serve according to his or her gifts.

Leadership

Lincoln and Grace, Fann, Hannah, Jessica, Yvonne

Jesus Club Singapore exists to resource our existing clubs and to plant more clubs in partnership with other churches. Each Jesus Club operates as a ministry of the local church.

Lincoln Mao is the pastor at Bethesda Christian Centre. He’s involved in Jesus Club because everyone matters to God. He believes that God desires everyone, even those with special needs, to come to know Him as much as he has enabled them. At Jesus Club, he leads a small group, gives bible talks and plans games.

Grace Mao is on the staff team at Bethesda Christian Centre. She loves reading the Bible with her friends with special needs and hanging out with them. At Jesus Club, she leads a small group, gives Bible talks, and occasionally leads songs.

Fann Tay goes to Bethesda Frankel Estate Church. She works as a farmer at a local social enterprise. She is interested in all persons, and their diversity. She believes there is much we can learn from each other. At Jesus Club, she leads craft activities.

Hannah Ling works with youth at Hosanna Baptist Church. She believes God loves people with special needs and that they are a gift to the church. At Jesus Club, she leads a small group, gives bible talks and plays music.

Jessica Chow goes to Bethesda Church Bukit Arang. She is a public servant working with new technologies in the maritime sector. She loves Jesus Club because it reminds her of God’s perfect wisdom and perfect love for all people, and how much we all need Him. In Jesus Club, she leads a small group and sometimes gives bible talks.

Yvonne Lee goes to Bethesda Church Bukit Arang. She works as a psychologist in MINDS. Over the last 6 years, Yvonne has become increasingly convicted that more than inclusion, 'good' behaviour and even 'quality of life', what people with special needs really need is the same as anyone else - the saving work of Jesus Christ for their sins. At Jesus Club, she gives Bible talks, leads a small group and occasionally plans games.

History

Grace volunteered at Jesus Club Gladesville when her family lived in Sydney from 2009-2011. There, she experienced the joy of friendship and fellowship with persons with ID. She also saw how Jesus Club filled a ‘gap’ in many gospel-centred churches, where the Bible teaching is largely inaccessible to persons with ID.

After moving back to Singapore in 2012, she saw the same need to evangelise and disciple the growing number of persons with ID here. She and a few like-minded friends therefore started the first Jesus Club at Bethesda Church Bukit Arang in 2013.

Why We Do Jesus Club

God’s view of persons with ID

The Bible teaches that every person, with and without disabilities, is made in the image of God and is therefore extremely valuable to him. God formed each one of us in the womb and knows us personally and intimately. Moreover, contrary to what many in the world believe, persons with ID are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by a sovereign God who makes no mistakes (Psalm 139:13-16). Our friends with ID bear God’s divine image and are incredibly valuable to him.

God’s heart for persons with ID

Throughout the Bible, we see God’s heart and compassion for the poor, needy and disabled (e.g. Deuteronomy 27:18-19, Psalm 146:9). Jesus’ ministry also had a striking focus on the deaf, mute, lame, blind and the broader community they represent (see especially Luke’s gospel). God also calls his people to care for those who are vulnerable and marginalised.

God’s gospel for persons with ID

The Bible declares that all humanity, including persons with ID, are equal in our problem of sin (Rom 3:23) which separates us from God. God’s gift of salvation is also equally available to all through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom 3:22). Persons with ID need to hear the gospel like everyone else so that they too may trust in Jesus and be saved.

God’s Church includes persons with ID

All who are united to Christ through faith are part of his Church. Christ has broken down every dividing wall that separates humanity to unite people in their differences. Persons with ID may be marginalised in every society, but they must find in the church a place where they are valued as equal members of Christ’s body. In God’s church, each member has a part to play, and has been given a gift from the Spirit to build up the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). Greater priority is given to the “weaker” members, who are “indispensable” to the church and ought to be given “greater honour” (1 Cor 12:15-27). The church is poorer off without persons with ID and their God-given gifts!

Persons with ID who trust in Jesus belong to the church or the body of Christ. The church must therefore be a place where they are valued as equal members of Christ’s body. Since the Spirit has apportioned to every member a gift for the building up of the body (1 Corinthians 12:7), the church is poorer off if it excludes persons with ID and their God-given gifts for the common good.

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See this page for further general information on intellectual disability:
https://www.myg.org.sg/intellectually-disable

Join Us!

Members with Intellectual Disabilities

We welcome both Christians and non-Christians who are open to being part of a Christian community to join us at Jesus Club.

What we do

Jesus Club meets fortnightly. Here’s what a regular programme looks like:
WelcomeSongsBible talkSmall group time (1:3 volunteer to member ratio)Game/CraftSupper
All activities reinforce the main idea from the Bible talk.

Other than our regular meetings, each club organises their own socials. The highlight of the year is our Christmas Party, when we welcome friends and family to join in for a night of fun, food and fellowship as we celebrate Jesus’ birth!

Currently, we have two clubs meeting at Bethesda Church Bukit Arang (Serangoon) and Bethesda Frankel Estate Church (Kembangan) respectively.

Due to Covid-19, we have been meeting online in small groups, with occasional big group meetings also over zoom.

Where we meet

Bethesda Church Bukit Arang (Serangoon)

Days: Fortnightly ThursdaysAddress: 114 Serangoon Avenue 3, S(556110) | View on Google MapsAccess: 8 mins walk from Serangoon or Lorong Chuan MRTParking: In churchThere is a wheelchair ramp and lift access to Level 5 where we gather.If you require wheelchair transport, do let us know and we can help to organise transport for you.
Bethesda Frankel Estate Church (Kembangan)

Days: Fortnightly WednesdaysAddress: 4 La Salle St, S(456930) | View on Google MapsAccess: 10 mins walk from Kembangan MRTParking: In churchThere is a wheelchair ramp to the chapel on level 1 where we gather.
Please email us at [email protected] or contact Hannah at 9862 9774 if you wish to visit.

Volunteers

Volunteers

If you’re a Christian with an interest in special needs ministry, we’d love for you to come and visit any one of the clubs and chat with a club coordinator before deciding whether or not to volunteer with us. We do not require volunteers to have prior experience interacting with persons with special needs. We get to know our members the same way we’d get to know a family member with special needs.

Roles of Volunteers

Caring for group membersFacilitating group discussionsPreparing refreshmentsLeading songsPreparing a craft or game activityOrganising socials and birthdays
If you cannot commit regularly but would like to contribute with your resources or skills (e.g. photography, videography, graphic design, finance or any other skills), we’d love for you to get in touch with us at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I still join if I am not from the church?

Yes, we welcome volunteers and members from other churches to join us if you’re interested in special needs ministry.

2. Can my young adult with special needs join if we are not Christians?

Yes, you are very welcome to as long as you don’t mind being part of a Christian community.

3. Can I visit if I am not a Christian?

We welcome you to come and join in our activities.

4. How old are the members?

Our programme is specially catered to adults 18 and above.

5. I know someone who could benefit from Jesus Club, but they are younger than 18. Is it okay for them to join?

Our members are generally older, but we are happy for your contact to visit and see if Jesus Club is the right fit for him or her.

6. Do you have members who do not go to church?

Yes, some of our members are not from Christian families.

Starting A Jesus Club In My Church

Jesus Club Singapore is committed to supporting disability ministries in the following ways:

Developing Bible teaching resources for persons with IDRecruiting and Training VolunteersOrganising an annual event for caregiversDeveloping publicity for the individual Jesus Clubs
If you’re keen to start a Jesus Club or disability ministry in your church, we’d love to partner you!

Please send us an email at [email protected] or contact Hannah at 9862 9774.