History of Chapel of Christ the Redeemer

HUMBLE BEGINNINGS
1979
1979 - Golden Harvest Centre
St Andrew’s Cathedral (SAC) was the mother church of Golden Harvest Centre (GHC). In 1979, SAC gave a challenge to start an outreach work in the then Bedok New Town. Hence, in 1980 two members from SAC and six members from GHC were sent out by SAC to form the outreach team of Bedok Extension Centre (BEC).
1980
1980 - Bedok Extension Centre

BEC first gathered for worship service on 2 November 1980 at the office of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Phua (Blk 209 Bedok Central – above Kentucky Fried Chicken).

1981
1981 - AVA Room at Anglican High School
In July 1981, the place of worship was shifted to the AVA room of the Anglican High School as the space in the office became too small.
1985
1985 - Search Begins
In 1985, BEC began looking towards the newly built Tampines New Town as its mission field. The decision was also spurred on by the planned relocation of Saint Hilda’s Girl’s School from Ceylon Road to Tampines (It was changed to co-education schools; namely Saint Hilda’s Primary and Saint Hilda’s Secondary Schools), with the potential of BEC moving into the chapel and counselling centre that was being planned for the schools.
1988
1986 - Extension Centre
In 1988, Saint Andrew’s Cathedral relinquished its over-sight of BEC that the latter became an extension centre of Saint Hilda’s Church (Vicar: Rev David Stitt). This was to achieve the smooth transition of BEC into Saint Hilda’s Schools compound, the latter then was under the chaplaincy of Saint Hilda’s Church.
TAMPINES
1989
1989 - A Full Parish Church

BEC then became officially known as the Chapel of Christ the Redeemer.

On 29 May 1989, CCR was granted the status of a parish church.

Four months later, the Rev. Gregory Chiang was inducted and installed as her first vicar.

1990
1990 - Chariots of Fire

Youth fellowship was named as "Chariots of Fire" with 50+ youth in attendence.

1992
1992 - Chinese/Cantonese Service

CCR started Chinese/Cantonese service

1995
1995 - Mighty Kids Church

Inspired by a training trip in Alor Star, Sunday school known as "Might Kids Church" (MKC) with 130 children in attendence.

1997
1997 - Rev Then Chee Min

Rev Then Chee Min was inducted as the new Vicar on 10 August when Rev Gregory Chiang was posted to Church Of The True Light.

1998
1998 - Alpha Course

First Alpha course conducted.

1999
1999 - 10th Anniversary

CCR celebrates her 10th anniversary with a commemorative issue. 

2000
2000 - Rev Daniel Tong

Rev Daniel Tong was inducted as the new Vicar on 1 July 2000.

2005
2005 - New logo

CCR new logo was adopted.

2009
2009 - Rev Andrew Raman

Rev Andrew Raman was inducted as the Vicar on 17 May 2009 and Rev Daniel Tong was posted to Chapel Of The Resurrection.

2011
2011 - Chaplaincy Transfer

Vicars of St. Hilda's Church and CCR, together with a few key leaders of each church, had an evening meeting in St. Hilda's Church to discuss the transferring of St. Hilda's Secondary School chaplaincy from SHC to CCR. It was agreed that 2011 will be a preparation year for CCR and the transfer will be effective officially in 2012.

2012
2012 - Full Chaplaincy Status

CCR officially became the chaplain for both St. Hilda's Primary & Secondary School. Additional chaplaincy staff were added to the original chaplaincy team in CCR to shepherd the bigger flock with continual and unwavering help extended by SHC until today.

2015
2015 - Ven Wong Tak Meng

Ven Wong Tak Meng was appointed as the Acting Vicar on 13 April 2015

2016
2016 - Hildan Vision Night

First Hildan Vision Night conducted on 1 July 2016, with Bishop Kuan Kim Seng as guest.

2017
2017 - Rev Joshua Raj Sundraraj

Rev Joshua Raj Sundraraj ordained as Priest on 7 May 2017 at Saint Andrew’s Cathedral.

2018
2018 - Rev Victor Teo Jian An

Rev Victor Teo Jian An was inducted as CCR’s 5th Vicar on 22 April 2018.

2018
2018 - New Life Anglican Church (NLAC)

Before 2018, missions in CCR were mainly exploratory trips with ad-hoc partners in the different mission fields. In 2017, a team comprising pastor, lay leaders and members of the Missions Committee went on a recee trip to Indonesia. Upon return, they proposed the possibility of a partnership with one of the Anglican churches visited. A year later, another team did the follow up. 2018 thus saw the start of a missions partnership between CCR and New Life Anglican Church (NLAC) Medan.

2019
2019 - 30th Anniversary

Chapel Of Christ The Redeemer celebrates 30th anniversary.

2020
2020 - Deaconess Chow Wai Keng

Pastor Chow Wai Keng inducted as Deaconess on 26 July 2020.

Future
2021

May the Lord continue to unfold His-story through CCR, all for His Glory…

COVID-19 Annoucement

Dear CCR,

From 28 Nov, we have re-opened the church for on-site Sunday Services.

8:30AM Service
This is our usual service capped at a maximum of 50 people. There is no requirement for Vaccination or Testing for this service and everyone including children below 12 are welcome. This service caters primarily to worshippers who cannot or are not vaccinated. So if you have a family member who is not vaccinated, your whole family can still come to worship safely together.

10:15AM Service (VTE)
The Second Service at 10:15am will be a VTE Service, meaning worshippers will need to be Vaccinated or Tested (at authorized clinics) or Exempted. We will start with having 2 zones of 90 people for our Second Service and prayerfully adjust the capacity in due course. Children below 12 are considered exempted and can attend the Second Service subject to a maximum cap of 20% of the service attendees.

MKC (Children’s ministry) will be conducted over zoom starting from (3 Oct), till further notice.

Live-streaming of the First service (8:30am) continues, but there will be no more live-streaming of the second service.

Cell Groups will continue to be given priority registration for the Second Service, and upon request, for the First Service as well. The open booking for our services continues to take place every Friday at 12 noon.

We continue to pray with expectant hearts as we know that our Lord is fully in control of all things. Let’s keep pressing on together as One for His glory.

Blessings,

Rev Victor Teo