50 Years of SNCF History
First 10 years
Small groups of Christian nurses of different denominations started meeting in 1958. The first pro-tem committee was chaired by Dr Khoo Oon Teik to set up a combined witness to form an inter-denominational group in 1959.
SNCF was inaugurated on 18 October 1960 with the motto: One in Christ. First President Mrs Eileen Kuhn and first Staff worker Ms Ina Tebbs were seconded from OMF (Overseas Mission Fellowship).
Vibrant activities such as Fellowship meetings, Bible studies and Prayer meetings were carried out in various hospitals, hostels and in Neil Road Gospel Hall in the early years. SNCF was involved in the Jesus Saves Mission clinics in 1968.
1970s and 1980s
In 70s and 80s local conferences were held bi-yearly. Some of the conferences were combined with the Malaysian NCF and were held in Malaysia.
SNCF had regular joint meetings with HCF (Healthcare Christian Fellowship) and GCF (Graduates Christian Fellowship) and CMDF (Christian Medical and Dental Fellowship) in the 70s & 80s.
In 1975 from 17 -29 October, SNCF hosted the 1stPacific and East Asia (PACEA) NCF Regional Conference at Labrador Villa.
1980s- District Fellowships were formed to cater to nurses who were no longer staying in hostels. These areas were located at Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh, Serangoon, Tampines and Bedok.
1984 – SNCF members started attending NCFI Quadrennial International Conferences.
25th Anniversary Dinner on 12 October 1985 was graced by SNCF’s First President of SNCF Mrs Eileen Kuhn at Warren Golf Club Restaurant.
In 1986, SNCF hosted the 5th PACEA NCF Regional Conference from 27 May-5 June. Venue: National University of Singapore. Theme: Nursing with a difference.
In 1987, SNCF was privileged to host the 1st PACEA NCF Staff worker Training Conference from 8-15 August.
A new SNCF logo (current) was launched in 1987.
The SNCF mission was formulated in 1988: SNCF seeks to bring Jesus Christ to nurses and nursing, helping them to find meaning and purpose in their work, and to see their workplace as a mission field.
1990s and 2000s
SNCF was confirmed as one of the seven Foundation Members of St Luke’s Home for Elderly Sick (currently known as St Luke’s Hospital) in 1992.
1993 saw SNCF hosting a Welcome party for the first batch of nursing students from PRC.
1995 – A Ready to Jump Workshop was organised to prepare NYP graduates for their role as staff nurses.
1999 – SNCF members participated in medical relief work in Turkey and East Timor with Crisis Relief, Touch Community Services and World Vision.
The 40th Anniversary on 14 October 2000 was held at YWCA, Fort Canning Lodge. Theme: God is Faithful. Speaker was Ms Goh Swee Eng, presiding President, SNCF. The SNCF website was launched at this event.
SNCF was privileged to host the 1st Parish Nursing Course from 19-22 February 2001 conducted by Ms Marabel Kersey, Parish Nurse. This course is endorsed by International Parish Nurse Centre in Chicago.
In 2006, 24-27 May – hosted the 9th PACEA NCF Regional Conference. Venue: YWCA Fort Canning Lodge. Theme: Caring for the Whole Person in a Broken World.
Health screening for the Elderly, a combined project with the Chinese Corps, The Salvation Army Territorial HQ, was started on 6 June 2007.
Celebrated 50th Anniversary on 9 October 2010 in the Auditorium, The Salvation Army Territorial HQ , Theme: His Grace is Sufficient for Us; message delivered by Ms Choo Peck Hong, former President, SNCF (1990 – 1997).
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