Life at PGC
Believers are God’s children (John 1:12), and the church is God’s family (Ephesians 2:19). So every believer should belong to a local church by joining as a member. Our church life then begins with membership.
Once a commitment is made regarding membership, the next most important thing is to be an integral part of the church by meeting with the church regularly (Hebrews 10:25). Attendance is your most important ongoing ministry to the Church. What kinds of meeting are there at Puchong Grace Church?
- Sunday Worship Service:
Our Worship Service is held on Sunday at 11.30 am. What do we do in worship? What is the main thing? The chief and highest act of worship is to listen to what God has to say to us. Yes, we sing, we give offerings, we read Scriptures and we pray, but chiefly, we listen to God and learn how to live according to His will.
We also observe the Lord’s Supper every first Sunday of the month. Taking the Lord’s Supper is participation in the unity of the church’s fellowship around the remembrance of Jesus Christ and the proclamation of His saving work through the symbols of bread and wine.
- Sunday School:
We have Sunday School classes for children ages 6-12 on Sunday morning at 10.00 am. The activities include singing, drawing, handicraft, but the main activity is learning the Word of God, the Bible. The basic teaching material is a four volume series called ‘Lessons for Life’ which covers the basic teachings of the Bible, both the Old and New Testament.
- Prayer Meeting:
At 10.00 am on Sunday morning is also our time for prayer. This is a time when we would seek God’s face as we pray for particular church matters. We begin this service by praising God in singing. Then we have a short devotional based on a particular biblical text. We then have announcements or reports and share specific concerns regarding the church. Members may also request the church to pray for them. After hearing these things, we spend time praying for them.
- Generation Timothy (Gen Tim):
This is our Youth discipling ministry. We believe that parents are the principal shapers of young minds and that the home is the primary training ground in which those minds are shaped. So, we will try to work together with parents to disciple the young people and involve them closely in the life and teaching of the church. Our activities include a Gen Tim meeting and an annual Youth Camp. From time to time we also conduct seminars to address specific concerns of the young people.
- Church Bible Study:
This is an all-age Bible study, a time when the whole church gather together to study God’s Word as a faith family. This is held on Sundays at 2.00 pm in the worship hall. We will either work through a Bible book or a section of the Bible. We also cover biblical themes such as the covenants, heaven and hell, the atonement, or subjects such church history, Christian Ethics, and etc. The Bible Study is conducted in an interactive manner to allow discussion.
- Members’ Meeting:
We also hold members’ meeting where members meet to discuss church finances, church ministries, gospel works, properties, baptism, discipline, and other membership matters. Members’ meetings are not necessarily dull and routine business but times of honest discussion and encouragement, sobering discipline, and exciting vision building. Major decisions of the Office-bearers are also ratified at the members’ meeting.
This church is led by a plurality of elders. We have two sorts of elders – those who mainly teach (called ‘teaching elders’ or ‘Pastors’) and those who mainly rule (called ‘ruling elders’).
What are the responsibilities of the elders?
First, elders pray. When the elders meet, they will spend time praying for the church members and their children, missions and missionaries (if any), wider church works, and the regular activities of the church.
Second, elders are to extend oversight of the church. So the elders in the church give attention to areas of sin, marriage, financial matters, worship, ordinances, discipline, doctrine, missions, ministries, recommendation of elders and deacons and new members, etc.
Third, elders are responsible for the teaching in the church. The one distinct qualification of an elder in 1 Timothy 3:2 is that an elder must be able to teach. This does not mean that the elders are necessarily doing all of the teaching but that they are overseeing it. The Pastor is the primary teacher and preacher of the Word.
Deacons are those who serve. They are servants who serve the church as a whole by helping with the responsibilities that the elders cannot perform. Their responsibilities include maintenance of church properties and ensuring the smooth running of church activities.