This November, the three Annual Conferences (ACs) of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) will be holding their 39th Sessions.
Clergy and lay delegates from each local Methodist church will be gathering at the conference venues to worship God together, share about their ministries, and discuss future plans as a conference. Representatives from various General Conference councils and Methodist-linked organisations will also attend to share about their cooperation with the Methodist churches in the work of God.
A major highlight of the conference sessions is the President’s Address or President’s Review, in which the President of each AC will reflect on the conference’s ministry in the past year, and lay out plans for the year ahead. Here, we catch a glimpse of the vision God has for the ACs in making disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19).
All three ACs will be holding elections for their Vice-Presidents this year. The lay Vice-Presidents assist the Presidents in their duties, and serve terms of two years at a time. TRAC’s current Vice-President Mr Kim Seah has served the maximum of three consecutive terms, so a new Vice-President will be elected.
The CAC will be discussing plans to set up a Punggol Mission Point near Punggol 21, a residential estate. It will also consider setting up a Board of Family Ministry to foster stronger family values among believers as well as to assist with and organise the church’s courses and talks for Bible-teaching and the imparting of traditional family values.
At each AC Session, Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup will present the event line-up and plans to celebrate MCS 130 in 2015 – our Church’s 130th anniversary. More information will be revealed in the Methodist Message in due course.
The conferences’ Opening and Closing Worship Services are open to all Methodists to attend. As Methodist pastors are appointed to their local Methodist churches on a yearly basis and their appointments are read aloud
at the Closing Worship Service, this occasion often sees a high turnout from church members curious or anxious about whether their pastors will return to their church next year. At the same Closing Worship Service, new Elders and Deacons are also ordained, and retiring pastors recognised.
For more details, please contact your respective Annual Conference office.
Photos courtesy of the respective Annual Conferences