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.
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.
- 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.
- To use a range of pedagogical methods to help members learn and apply a big idea from the talks during each session.
- To have activities and attitudes that build community.
- To enable each member to serve according to his or her gifts.
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.
Chairperson: Lincoln Mao
Lincoln 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 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.
Hannah is a part of Hosanna Baptist Church. She currently works with children in a special school. 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 leads songs.
Yvonne goes to Bethesda Church Bukit Arang. She is 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, and the wonderful new life and family found in Him. At Jesus Club, she gives Bible talks, leads a small group and occasionally plans games or craft.
Treasurer: Jessica Chow
Jessica goes to Bethesda Church Bukit Arang. She is a public servant working on tech ecosystems in the maritime sector. She loves Jesus Club because she believes everyone is made in God’s image, and that we all need Jesus. She helps to manage the finances of Jesus Club Singapore and ensures accountability to stakeholders.
Secretary: Daphne Chen
Daphne goes to Bethesda Church Bukit Arang. She is a commercial lawyer and helps with the administrative work of Jesus Club Singapore. She loves to see people from different backgrounds attend Jesus Club and learn more about God’s love for His people.
From 2009 to 2011, Grace volunteered at Jesus Club Gladesville when her family lived in Sydney. 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.