Missions of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America

Sister and Other Church Relationships

In harmony with the principles of holy Scripture and our Three Forms of Unity (Belgic Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Canons of Dordt), the PRC through its Committee for Contact with Other Churches maintain full sister church relationships with three foreign churches and a corresponding relationship with one other foreign denomination.

Covenant PRC Ballymena, Northern Ireland

Covenant PRC Ballymena, Northern Ireland (92)

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83 Clarence Street,

Ballymena BT42 3NR, Northern Ireland

Services: 11:00 A.M. & 6:00 P.M.

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Pastor: Rev. Angus Stewart

7 Lislunnan Rd.

Kells, Ballymena, Co. Antrim

Northern Ireland BT42 3NR

Phone: (from U.S.A.) 011 (44) 28 25 891 851

pastor@cprc.co.uk

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Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (99)

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11, Jalan Mesin #04-00

Standard Industrial Building

Singapore 368813

Worship Services: 9:30 A.M. & 2:00 P.M. 

AdenHartog

Pastor (Interim): Rev. Arie denHartog

148 Bishan Street 11 #06-113 

Singapore  570148

pastor@cerc.org.sg

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Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia (EPC) (2)

For information on this small Presbyterian denomination in Australia with whom the PRCA have a "corresponding relationship", visit their website.

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Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (11)

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Berean PRC, Antipolo City - Pastor: Rev. V. Ibe
PRC in Bulacan - Pastor: Rev. J. Flores
Maranatha PRC, Valenzuela City - Pastor: Rev. L. Trinidad
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Classis of the PRC in the Philippines - Meeting of June 12, 2015

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Elder Sonny Umali (stated clerk), Elder Eric Mescallado, Rev. Kleyn, Rev. V.Ibe, Rev. J.Flores, Elder Reden Zuniega, Deacon Eric Castano, Deacon Buboy Prosia

From our missionary in the Philippines comes this report on the recent Classis meeting of the PRC in the Philippines. We thank him for this update and for the pictures.

The Classis of the PRC in the Philippines met on Friday, June 12, 2015.  The meeting was held in the PRC in Bulacan.  This was the 5th meeting since the denomination's formation in 2014.  Rev. Flores led in opening devotions, and then Rev. Ibe chaired the meeting. 

The business of Classis was mostly routine (reports of standing committees, church visitors, clerk, treasurer, etc.) and Classis was able to finish its work by noon. 

The main actions were that Classis (1) adopted a constitution for Emeritus work, (2) adopted a constitution for Translation work, and (3) mandated its standing committee which is responsible, among other things, for contact with other churches to correspond with the Contact Committee of the PRCA with a view to establishing a sister church relationship.  It is encouraging to know of the PRCP's desire to work toward such a relationship.  We trust the standing committee is able to meet sometime in the near future to get that ball rolling. 

The next meeting of the Classis is scheduled for Saturday, October 31 in the Berean PRC.

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For more pictures from this meeting, visit Rev.D.Kleyn's blog.

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New Issue of Salt Shakers Magazine - May 2015, #32

SS32 eMag May 2015 Page 1"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has just published issue #32 of "Salt Shakers" (May 2015),their youth magazine.

Once again the "SS" is packed with interesting and edifying articles, and our PRC young people especially are invited and encouraged to read it. Below you will find a note from the "SS" Committee introducing the contents of this issue and images of the cover and table of contents.

Dear Beloved Readers,

The Salt Shakers Committee is thankful to bring to you the May 2015 edition of our magazine! We give thanks to God that by His grace we may continue to publish this youth magazine and confess the blessed Reformed truths. Catch the exciting report by Rev. Andrew Lanning on Investigating Missions in Kolkata, as well as Brother Ishu Mahtani's Vesak Day article Speaking the Truth in Love. Do also read and be edified by the many other interesting articles from our excellent writers, who we thank most heartily for their contributions.
As we give thanks and for the release of SS issue 32, work for issues 33 and 34 are well under way and we look forward to bringing them to you soon, God willing! Once again, if you wish to ask Salt Shakers any questions on doctrine and living which may be published in our new Questions rubric, do email them to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We thank those who have sent in their questions already at this time.
Love in Christ, Chua Lee Yang on Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee

You are encouraged to visit the"Salt Shakers" webpage where you will find a downloadable e-copy for your reading and spiritual growth. Or you may find the full copy attached here in pdf form.

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May 2015 Newsletter from Covenant PRC, N.Ireland

Our sister church in Northern Ireland, Covenant PRC, Ballymena, has just released her latest newsletter. In this May 2015 issue her pastor, Rev.Angus Stewart, reports on the latest activities inside and outside the congregation, with special mention of the Annual General Meeting of the CPRC, the death of two dear saints with ties to the British Reformed Conference, and recent visitors to the congregation.

In addition, Rev.Stewart writes about their upcoming visit to the States (July-August) and his busy preaching and PowerPoint presentation schedule.

Be sure to read this newsletter below to be better informed of what our "sister" and her pastor are doing in the British Isles. This newsletter is also attached here in pdf form (see below).

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Reformed News Asia - May 2015 Issue

May2015 CERC HC MeditationsThe latest issue of "Reformed News Asia" (#17) has been released by the Christian Literature Ministry (CLM) of our sister church in Singapore, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. Once again you will find an issue filled with informative and profitable content (for information on the previous issue, #16, visit this page).

One of the special resources made available in this issue is the daily devotions, which continue a series covering the Heidelberg Catechism (LDs 19-22). Written by Rev.J.Kortering and Prof.H.Hanko, these devotions on the "HC" take you through the month of May and into June (May 7 - June 3). You will find great spiritual profit in using these devotions day by day (By the way, you may also find these same HC devotionals on the PRC website.).

The RNA also reports on upcoming activities in the CERC, such as the Covenant Keepers 2015 Retreat and the annual church camp, at which Prof.B.Gritters will be speaking in June. And it includes a note about two recent adult baptisms in the congregation. Another notice points to a new pamphlet published by the CLM - "Discerning Ethical Issues" by Rev.J.Kortering. For more on this and other CERC publications, follow this link.

For more information on events and activities in the CERC as well as on life in Singapore, with lots of great pictures and descriptions, visit the "Stories from Singapore" blog of the Lannings.

To subscribe to "Reformed News Asia", visit this link.

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New Issue of Salt Shakers Magazine - March 2015, #31

"Covenant Keepers", the youth ministry of the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church of Singapore (our sister church), has just published issue #31 of "Salt Shakers" (March 2015),their youth magazine.

Once again the "SS" is packed with interesting and edifying articles, and our PRC young people especially are invited and encouraged to read it. Below you will find a note from the "SS" Committee introducing the contents of this issue and images of the cover and table of contents.

You are encouraged to visit the"Salt Shakers" webpage where you will find a downloadable e-copy for your reading and spiritual growth. Or you may find the full copy attached here in pdf form.

Dearest Salt Shakers Readers,

Greetings from the committee in our Lord Jesus Christ! We are thankful to be able to bring you the March 2015 issue of Salt Shakers.
In this issue Josiah, who has led the magazine faithfully as Chairman since its conception 5 years ago, writes his farewell editorial "God's guiding hand in Salt Shakers and reading in CERC". We on the committee are sad to see him go, but are thankful for God's use of him in the service of the kingdom, and pray for his future work in the church.
We also hear from Joshua Hoekstra on the PRCA Psalm Choir and Pastor Wilbur Bruinsma about Mission Work in Pittsburg. Elder Sonny Umali from the Berean Protestant Reformed Church in the Philippines shares his family's testimony of faith in Jehovah in the year following their daughter being taken home to glory in "Confessing Jehovah's Faithfulness in Our Journey of Grief".
Do check out the many other interesting articles in this issue! Salt Shakers would also like to thank all our readers for your valuable feedback in our survey!
Blessed reading,
In Christ
Chua Lee Yang, On Behalf of the Salt Shakers Committee
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Reformed News Asia - April 2015 Issue

The sixteenth issue of "Reformed News Asia" has been released by the Christian Literature Ministry (CLM) of our sister church in Singapore, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. Once again you will find an issue filled with informative and profitable content (for information on the previous issue, #15, visit this page)!

One of the special resources made available in this issue is the daily devotions, which continue a series covering the Heidelberg Catechism (LDs 14-18). Written by Rev.A.Brummel and Rev.J.Kortering, these devotions on the "HC" take you through the month of April and into May (April 2 - May 6). You will find great spiritual profit in using these devotions day by day (By the way, you may also find these same HC devotionals on the PRC website.).

Significant too in this issue are reports on the recent trip of Rev.A.Lanning and Elder Leong to Kolkata, India, as well as the visit of the church visitors on behalf of the PRC - Rev.S.Key and G.Eriks along with their wives (see pictures below). Plus there is a special advertisement of the annual Good Friday Gospel Meeting, the purpose of which is to "invite your friends and family to hear the good news of salvation which Christ accomplished on the cross".

For more information on events and activities in the CERC (including the latest visitors from the U.S.), as well as on life in Singapore, with lots of great pictures and descriptions, visit the "Stories from Singapore" blog of the Lannings.

To subscribe to "Reformed News Asia", visit this link.

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March 2015 Newsletter from Covenant PRC, N.Ireland

Our sister church in Northern Ireland, Covenant PRC, Ballymena, has just released her latest newsletter. In this March 2015 issue Rev.Angus Stewart reports on the latest activities inside and outside the congregation, with special mention of their biennial trip to the States this summer and the 2016 British Reformed Fellowship Conference at a lovely castle in N.Ireland.

Rev.Stewart also reports on his busy activities in the congregation and the work of spreading the Reformed faith through the CPRC website - especially the many translations, including a first pamphlet in Polish!

Be sure to read this newsletter below to be better informed of what our "sister" and her pastor are doing in the British Isles. This newsletter is also attached here in pdf form (see below).

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News from Our Sister Church in Singapore (March 15, 2015)

The following news items pertaining to our sister church in Singapore (CERC) was found in the bulletin of Grace PRC this Sunday (March 15, 2015), as well as reported in CERC's bulletins in the last few weeks:

SINGAPORE: The [PRC] Committee for Contact with Other Churches was asked by our sister-church in Singapore, Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church, to conduct church visitation with them. To this end the Contact Committee is sending Rev. G. Eriks (Hudsonville) and Rev. S. Key (Loveland, CO) there, leaving this Thursday [March 19] and returning on the 30th.

INDIA: For almost two years there have been almost weekly Skype meetings with a minister in Kolkata, India named Emmanuel Singh by Rev. B.Woudenberg, Rev. J.Kortering, and our pastor [Rev.R.Van Overloop]. About six months ago Rev. A. Lanning along with an elder and a deacon of Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church in Singapore have joined these meetings. Rev. Singh and his wife have visited the saints in Singapore. Covenant ERC is sending their pastor and an elder (Rev. A. Lanning and Elder Fai Chong) to Kolkata, India for a week to visit Emmanuel Singh and to evaluate his work with a view to taking spiritual oversight of that work.

This is how the CERC reported it in one of their recent bulletins:

The Session of the CERCS will be sending a delegation of Elder Leong and Pastor Lanning to Kolkata, India this month as part of Session’s ongoing labour of investigating the possibility of CERC overseeing Emmanuel’s work in Kolkata and the surrounding villages. The delegation will depart 19 March (Thursday night) and return 25 March (Wednesday morning). The main work will be a two-day conference consisting of several speeches. Other labours will include discussions with Emmanuel and others about the work and evaluating Session’s ability to oversee the field. Let us pray for wisdom for the delegates, as well as for Emmanuel and the saints in Kolkata, as we heed our Lord’s command to “teach all nations” (Matthew 28: 19, 20).

Let us remember to pray for these men as they travel to Singapore and India and conduct the labors for which they were sent. May the Lord of the church be with them and bless their work.

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Reformed News Asia - March 2015 Issue

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The fifteenth issue of "Reformed News Asia" has been released by the Christian Literature Ministry (CLM) of our sister church in Singapore, the Covenant Evangelical Reformed Church. Once again you will find an issue filled with informative and profitable content (for information on the previous issue, #14, visit this page)!

RNA March 2015 DevotionsOne of the special resources made available in this issue is the daily devotions, which continue a series covering the Heidelberg Catechism (LDs 10-13). Written by Rev.G.Van Baren and Rev.A.Brummel, these devotions on the "HC" take you through the month of March and into April (March 5- April 1). You will find great spiritual profit in using these devotions day by day (By the way, you may also find these same HC devotionals on the PRC website.).

Another item to note in this issue is this important one relating to our sister-church relation:

Session again has asked the PRC for church visitors this year, and the Contact Committee has agreed to send two ministers: Rev. Steven Key (from the PRC in Loveland, Colorado; L) and Rev. Garry Eriks (from the PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan; R). These brothers (and Mrs. Eriks) will be in Singapore from Friday, 20 March to Monday, 30 March.

Be sure to check out all the details of "Reformed News Asia" by subscribing to this important newsletter from our Singapore sister.

For more information on events and activities in the CERC (including the latest visitors from the U.S.), as well as on life in Singapore, with lots of great pictures and descriptions, visit the "Stories from Singapore" blog of the Lannings.

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PRC Classis Meeting in the Philippines - Feb.25, 2015 - Update: Report & Pics

Berean PRC New worship place 2014From the February 22, 2015 bulletin of the Provident Christian Church (Marikina, the Philippines), where missionary-pastor D.Kleyn preached this past Sunday,  we learn the following:

The regular Classis Meeting of the Protestant Reformed Churches in the Philippines (which meets 3 times a year) is scheduled for this week  Wednesday, February 25, beginning at 9:00 a.m., in the church building of the Berean PRC in Greenheights Subdivision, Mayamot, Antipolo. All are welcome to attend and observe the meeting.

Let's be sure to pray for the delegates as they conduct the business of the churches together in that part of the world.

Also, this note was placed in the same bulletin:

Next Sunday, Lord willing, Rev. R. Smit will be preaching for us. That will be his and his family’s last Sunday with us here in PCC.

Let's also be in prayer for the Smits as they conclude their life and labors in the Philippines and prepare to come to First PRC, Grand Rapids, MI where Rev.Smit recently accepted a call to serve as pastor.

Update: Rev.D.Kleyn sent this summary of the meeting and a few pictures, which we now add here.

The meeting was held yesterday (February 25) in the church building of the Berean PRC in Mayamot, Antipolo. Rev.D.Kleyn (who served as president of the previous classis) opened the meeting by leading the classis in devotions and a meditation on Psalm 87:2. Then Rev. Flores, by rotation, chaired the meeting of Classis. 

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In addition to receiving reports from the clerk and treasurer and approving their work, the Classis received and treated reports from its two standing committees. The main content of these reports was that each committee presented constitutions to classis for its respective duties - i.e., constitutions for Contact Committee, Finance Committee, Seminary Student Training, etc. 

The Classis also treated and approved the procedure that is to be used when churches request membership in the PRCP.  The classis then gave its approval for one of the standing committees to implement this procedure in treating the request of Maranatha PRC in Valenzuela to join the federation. 

The classis began at 9:00 am and finished at approximately 1:00 pm. 

This was the last classis meeting that Rev.R.Smit will attend, and he bade farewell to the classis and led in the closing prayer.  As many of the men of Classis mentioned, he will certainly be missed.

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The next classis meeting is scheduled for June 12, the Lord willing, and will be hosted by the PRC in Bulacan.

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