Welfare

Reaching out to families in distress

Reaching out to families in distress

Mar 2017    

  “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)…

When a child loses a parent

When a child loses a parent

Feb 2017     Children and youths experiencing grief and trauma from a broken family background or the death of a parent are often unable to articulate their feelings effectively or find closure in their lives. Fortunately, with an early intervention programme launched by FamilyWorks Community Services, help is at hand. An outreach arm...
Life after trauma

Life after trauma

Jan 2017     Nestled among old HDB flats in St. George’s Lane is Residence @ St. George’s (RSG). Run by the Methodist Welfare Services in collaboration with the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service, it is a rehabilitative haven for troubled young girls aged between 15 and 21 years old, most of...
Changing lives with $1 a day

Changing lives with $1 a day

Dec 2016     “I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something.” –Edward Everett Hale Christmas and New Year festivities are joyful times for many of us but for some, celebrations and cheer are far from their minds. Faced with poverty, physical disabilities, family conflicts,...
Ambassadors for the ‘last, lost and least’

Ambassadors for the ‘last, lost and least’

Nov 2016     Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) has recently appointed Ambassadors within local Methodist churches to pave the way in caring for the “last, lost and least”. These Ambassadors can tap on available resources provided by MWS, to extend swifter and more targeted help for those in need served by the churches. The...
Making new beginnings possible

Making new beginnings possible

Oct 2016     In the past few years, single mother Madam Kong Siow Lin struggled to provide for her two children. Not making  enough to make ends meet, she defaulted on utilities and rent payments. Through the Getting-Out-Of-Debt (GOOD) Programme in 2015, her debts were fully cleared, liberating her from daily anxiety. She now draws a stable...
Creating communities of warmth

Creating communities of warmth

Sep 2016     The number of seniors who live by themselves has nearly tripled from 14,500 in 2000 to 42,100 in 2014. This number is estimated to double to 83,000 by 2030. According to research published by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine in 2015, the risk of...
35 years on: Still much more to do

35 years on: Still much more to do

Aug 2016     More than 600 donors, volunteers, social service partners, Methodist church leaders and Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) staff attended MWS’ 35th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner at Shangri-La Hotel on 30 June 2016. Sponsored by Mr and Mrs Jackson Tay of JT Global Pte Ltd, the dinner was graced by Minister for Social...
MWS launches first debt and savings matching programme

MWS launches first debt and savings matching programme

Jul 2016     Mdm Kong, a beneficiary of the Getting-Out-Of-Debt Programme, now looks forward to building her savings through the MWS FDP. Mr Ngoh and his five children had to live with a clogged toilet bowl for months because he did not have sufficient savings to get it repaired. The 40-year-old sole breadwinner...
35 years of serving the last, lost and least

35 years of serving the last, lost and least

Jun 2016     Former delivery-man, 75-year-old Chong Man, lost his wife unexpectedly. Just before his wife passed away, they had both joined Charis ACE, an activity centre for seniors run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS). Chong Man received the timely support of a new network of friends. Having a sense of belonging gave...
It’s all about them

It’s all about them

May 2016     Come December, Mr Retnam Sahadevan (top) will be celebrating his 80th birthday at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH) by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), having lived here for the past 15 years. The widower, who has lost contact with his children, suffers from a host of ailments including dementia, heart disease,...
Goodbye lonely years

Goodbye lonely years

Apr 2016     Being lonely is deadly for seniors. In 2014, 126 seniors aged 60 and above killed themselves, an increase of nearly 60 per cent from the 79 seniors who committed suicide in 2000. The risk of dying prematurely increases by 1.7 times for seniors who live alone, revealed a study by...
BMNH’s silver lining  from the haze

BMNH’s silver lining from the haze

Mar 2016     Last year, the severe haze conditions affected many people. The residents at the Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH) run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) had to adjust their daily schedules as well. Before the haze, volunteers would bring residents out in their wheelchairs to enjoy nearby amenities or rehabilitative exercises....
She gave her birthday

She gave her birthday

Feb 2016     While others may throw an extravagant party or come up with an extended wish list for gifts for their 21st birthdays, Jacqueline Chua was pounding the pavement in the middle of the night on hers. The recent graduate did not want any presents for her birthday in 2015 as she...
Seniors give back

Seniors give back

Jan 2016     ‘Happy Hour’ at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home came from the belief that seniors can be empowered to age gracefully and continue to give to others. When our Charis Activity Centre for Elders (Charis ACE) seniors started ukulele lessons at the centre last year, they did not imagine that one year...
The gift that keeps giving

The gift that keeps giving

Dec 2015     This year, 20-year-old Yun Ze returned to volunteer at D’Joy Children’s Centre (DJCC) which he attended as a five-year-old. Yun Ze’s family had financial difficulties when he was younger. DJCC, which is run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), offers child and after-school student care for disadvantaged children. He has happy and...
Finishing the GOOD Race

Finishing the GOOD Race

Nov 2015     Methodist family helped 619 families in Singapore in their fight with chronic debt Madam Komathy’s family can barely make ends meet on her sole breadwinner husband’s pump attendant salary. She is unable to work due to ill health caused by kidney disease that needs weekly dialysis. The couple has been...
Wheels for GOOD celebrates MCS 130

Wheels for GOOD celebrates MCS 130

Oct 2015     A dance item by Anglo-Chinese Junior College titled 'Centre of Asia'. More than 3,000 families, cyclists and beneficiaries celebrated two milestones – Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (SG50) and the 130th Anniversary of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS 130) – at Wheels for GOOD, a charity event organised by Methodist Welfare Services...
Humbled in helping others

Humbled in helping others

Sep 2015     The financial education workshop by MWS’ GOOD Programme which was held at the Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre on 4 July 2015. It was humbling to learn of the financial challenges that the attendees face, and I was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the MWS outreach effort for...
Wheels for GOOD:  Two rides to mark two milestones

Wheels for GOOD: Two rides to mark two milestones

Aug 2015     Mr Andy Chew, 43, is a veteran fundraising cyclist. Over the past four years, he has cycled for different charitable causes, and raised almost $40,000 in total.   This year, despite nursing a broken thumb, Andy is taking on the Wheels for GOOD SG50 Scenic Ride. He has also persuaded...
Raising secure, confident children

Raising secure, confident children

Nov 2014     Four-year-old Lydia* was admitted to the hospital with what medical social workers called “non-accidental injuries”, including a broken arm. Unkempt and visibly underweight, she was not as attached to her mother, unlike most four-year-olds. When asked, her mother seemed confused and was unable to explain how Lydia was hurt, setting off red...
Helping families Get Out of Debt

Helping families Get Out of Debt

Oct 2014     ‘GOOD’ – which stands for ‘Getting Out of Debt’ – will be launched by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) to commemorate the 130th anniversary of The Methodist Church in Singapore in 2015, which also coincides with the Golden Jubilee or 50th year of Singapore’s Independence. Through the ‘GOOD’ programme, MWS hopes...
Parent-child relationships build families

Parent-child relationships build families

Sep 2014     Many of the clients that we see at Tampines Family Service Centre have complicated family backgrounds. They face multiple challenges, including financial distress, emotional and mental health issues, marital conflicts, housing issues and family conflicts. During times of distress, it is easy for the families to fall apart. To help...
Crossing over the line

Crossing over the line

Aug 2014     For three to four mornings a week, 14-year-old Ryan could not wake up in time for school. This was because he was playing an online multiplayer role-playing game through the night. He ate at his computer table, slept in the day, and gamed at night. When his mother took his computer...
Only one thing is necessary

Only one thing is necessary

Jul 2014     The Rev Dr Norman Wong, Chaplain of Methodist Welfare Services, visiting a patient of Agape Methodist Hospice (Homecare) along with a nurse to offer spiritual care sensitively. “Heavenly Father, we thank You for the leaders, staff and volunteers of MWS who are serving You faithfully day in and day out....
ACE-ing ageing

ACE-ing ageing

Jun 2014     A group performing with ukuleles at the Charis ACE open house. Ukulele classes are among the activities seniors can enjoy at the centre. Table tennis is another activity that members can look forward to at Charis ACE “It is good that my mother now has a place to go, instead...
Up close with poverty

Up close with poverty

May 2014     Abdul has a large family of twelve. One of his sons and a son-in-law were arrested for drug-related offences, and Abdul did not have the $5,000 needed for their bail. Another son, a teenager of 14, impregnated his girlfriend who was still studying. To make matters worse, Abdul, a construction...
The social worker who walked in their shoes

The social worker who walked in their shoes

Apr 2014     Ms Cindy Ng (right) began the Family Development Programme out of her passion to help her clients clear their debts and pull themselves out of poverty, which she has personally experienced. Ms Cindy Ng is a social worker who knows first-hand what it feels like to be poor. Now the...
A place for breakthroughs and second chances

A place for breakthroughs and second chances

Mar 2014     In celebration of International Women’s Day in March, Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) takes a look behind the scenes of our work with young women at Residence@St. George’s (RSG), one of our newer centres. Launched in April 2012, RSG houses and rehabilitates young female offenders between 16 and 21 years old....
Serving for as long as they are able

Serving for as long as they are able

Feb 2014     At 87 years of age, Mr Peter Kow, a long-time volunteer with Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH), is not letting age get in the way of serving. Rather, the Charis Methodist Church member notes: “I thank God for giving me good health and energy to continue visiting the sick. As long...
Bursaries help needy children stay in school

Bursaries help needy children stay in school

Jan 2014     The Rev Lim Jen Huat, Pastor-in-Charge of Bedok Methodist Church, presenting the bursary award to a beneficiary. ...“The bursary awards enable the children to start the school year with less anxiety; the amount given helps them to buy textbooks, stationery, and uniforms, which can get increasingly expensive.” Sam* is a...
Helping poor families  eat better

Helping poor families eat better

Dec 2013     There is a dire need to address the issue of bad eating habits that could lead to diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart problems, and high-blood pressure in the long run. Ten-year-old Peter* is a latch-key child. Both his grandparents, who care for him, work through the day and...
Personal loss transformed into GIVING

Personal loss transformed into GIVING

Nov 2013     Ms Yvonne Poh ministering to seniors at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH) by translating into Hokkien a sermon by the Rev Derrick Lau. The Rev Lau is Pastor-in-Charge of the Methodist Church of the Incarnation, which conducts regular services for BMNH residents. The story of how 54-year-old Yvonne Poh transformed...
Rallying youths to take steps for a cause

Rallying youths to take steps for a cause

Oct 2013     When Jasper Ong, 28, and Leonard Chong, 26, heard about the STEPS For A Cause Runathon 2013, they spontaneously hatched a plan to rope in their friend Darryl Soon, 26, and raise funds for the needy at the same time. The trio, from Toa Payoh Chinese Methodist Church (TPCMC), threw...
Methodist Welfare Services’ Golf Fund-raiser: Celebrating 25 years  of ‘fellowship on the greens’

Methodist Welfare Services’ Golf Fund-raiser: Celebrating 25 years of ‘fellowship on the greens’

Sep 2013     Neither age nor heart trouble stops Mr Cecil Wong, stalwart golf player, from enjoying Fellowship on the Greens with his fellow Methodists. “Fellowship on the Greens” (FOTG) was first initiated by the late (then-former) Minister of State, Dr Tay Eng Soon and the late Mr Edwin Chan in 1989, for...
iSeniors at WSAC!

iSeniors at WSAC!

Aug 2013     YOU’RE NEVER TOO OLD to learn new technology – and the seniors at the Wesley Seniors’ Activity Centre (WSAC) are doing just that as they rave about a popular iPad game app that allows them to shape, fire, add patterns, colour and even auction off “pottery” to earn credits and...
Residence@St. George’s turns one

Residence@St. George’s turns one

Jul 2013     A FEW YEARS AGO, Anita’s* life was all about smoking, drinking, clubbing and gambling. Desperation for money and pressure from her ex-boyfriend led her to theft, for which she was convicted and sent to Residence@St. George’s (RSG). RSG is a girls’ hostel jointly run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) and...
Youths meet specific needs in restructured internship programme

Youths meet specific needs in restructured internship programme

Jun 2013     FOR THE FIRST TIME, the full cohort of 42 youths in the Trackers programme interned at Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) during the last segment of their three-part discipleship programme, run by Trinity Annual Conference Youth Ministries (Truthmin). This year’s internship also broke new ground in the way the youths served...
Volunteers crucial for hospice care

Volunteers crucial for hospice care

May 2013     WHEN AGAPE METHODIST HOSPICE (AMH) HOMECARE started in 1990, it focused on hospice volunteers, training and developing them for the hospice ministry in Methodist churches. It was only later that it gradually grew and expanded its services to having a full-fledged medical team that cares for those with advanced illnesses...
MWS lights the ‘Torch’ of mentorship for JC students

MWS lights the ‘Torch’ of mentorship for JC students

Apr 2013     SIX MENTORS, six adolescent mentees and their parents met on March 2, 2013, to sign agreements to participate in Torch (JC), a new mentoring programme for the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Bursary Recipients who are currently in Junior College. The bursary recipients are students from low-income households. Mentors and mentees...
Foochow MC and MWS to set up Boys’ Centre

Foochow MC and MWS to set up Boys’ Centre

Feb 2013     HE USED TO LEAD HIS PEERS in fights with students from neighbouring schools. But Mr Henry Soh, the former “rascal” of his primary school, is now part of a pilot scheme to establish a holistic, pre-emptive program for 10- to 12-year-old boys who are at risk of falling into delinquency....
Care for D’Joy kids continues despite money worries

Care for D’Joy kids continues despite money worries

Dec 2012     BRENDA IS NINE YEARS OLD and has difficulties learning and making friends. She gets scolded in class frequently for not paying attention during lessons. Often, she turns in homework that is incomplete and badly done. In spite of her hard work, she has been failing academically since Primary 1. Her...
Awards, promotions for MWS staff

Awards, promotions for MWS staff

Nov 2012     ON SEPT 25, 2012, Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) held its inaugural Staff Recognition Awards to celebrate the dedication and service of the staff of its 14 welfare services and centres through the conferment of Long Service Awards and promotions. The event at the Methodist Centre saw 39 staff receiving their...
CAC youths step out for the needy

CAC youths step out for the needy

Oct 2012     YOUTHS FROM FIVE METHODIST CHURCHES raised funds for the poor and needy in a collaborative effort between Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) and Methodist youths from the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC). The youths came from Grace Methodist Church, Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church, Bukit Panjang Methodist Church, Holy Covenant Methodist Church...

Fairfield MC ministers to injured migrant workers

Sep 2012     HOPE OFFERED “It is really torturous to be in this situation. Without the church or Jesus, there is really no hope.” EIGHT MONTHS AFTER coming to Singapore to work, Mr Li* found himself caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. e 40-year-old native of Hei Long Jiang, China,...

MWS gives needy GMS (S) students an energy boost

Aug 2012     TEN DOLLARS EACH was all that three sisters had for their pocket money every month. The siblings, students at Geylang Methodist School (Secondary) or GMS (S), would usually buy 30-cent biscuits to snack on at school before dinner at home. “It was really tough,” said the eldest sister in an...

Easing the end of life

Jul 2012     HOW HOSPICE HELPS “Hospice care helps patients prepare for the eventuality of death, and a good and comfortable one too. But it also benefits caregivers as it helps them cope better.” WHEN ONE IS TOLD that he or she has only three months left to live, it does not mean...
Trackers make inroads at Wesley Seniors Activity Centre

Trackers make inroads at Wesley Seniors Activity Centre

Jun 2012     HE DID NOT THINK HE KNEW how to help the seniors when he was asked to intern at Wesley Seniors Activity Centre (WSAC). But Benedick Gan quickly learnt how to cater to the needs of the elderly with the help of WSAC staff, so much so that the WSAC supervisor...
Feeding seniors’ spirituality

Feeding seniors’ spirituality

May 2012     IN A LOCAL COMEDY FILM, one scene showed some seniors lamenting that they were “san deng gong ming” or third-class citizens. e pun hinged on the reference to “deng chi, deng shui, deng si”, literally translated as waiting to eat, waiting to sleep, and waiting to die. While intended to...
New shelter for girls all set to open its doors

New shelter for girls all set to open its doors

Apr 2012     RESIDENCE @ ST. GEORGE’S (RSG), a girls’ hostel for those aged 16 to 21 years, is ready to open its doors to female delinquents. A joint effort by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) and the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service (GC-WSCS), it aims to fill a need for hostels...
Challenges of social workers

Challenges of social workers

Mar 2012     Having understanding and sympathetic colleagues help Mr Ephraim Pan (right) to cope better with his work stress. – MWS picture. LIKE MANY OTHER PROFESSIONALS, Mr Ephraim Pan writes and files reports, does paperwork, and liaises with external agencies to get his work done. However, unlike the usual desk-bound employee, his...

MWS becomes more web-savvy

Feb 2012     THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES (MWS) is taking its first foray into social media with a new Facebook account, not just to create more awareness but to engage the younger generation and web-savvy professionals. In a survey conducted in 2011 with non-profit professionals, it was revealed that Facebook is the most...
New portal marks MWS’ 30th year

New portal marks MWS’ 30th year

Jan 2012     A NEW WEB PORTAL aimed at facilitating the participation of Methodists in community work was unveiled by the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) at its 30th Anniversary anksgiving Dinner. Dr Lee Wee Leong, Board member of the MWS and Chairman of the IT Sub-Committee, presented to dinner guests the portal, which...
MWS to partner churches to bring more help to the needy

MWS to partner churches to bring more help to the needy

Dec 2011     THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES (MWS) aims to work closely with Methodist churches in bringing more help to those in need, said its new Chairman, Mr David Wong Cheong Fook. Mr Wong, who is the Local Church Executive Committee Chairman of Wesley Methodist Church (WMC), and who also serves as an...
Enriching students’ future

Enriching students’ future

Oct 2011     THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES (MWS) runs four Student Care Centres (SCCs) in different parts of Singapore. Nestled in the HDB heartlands, the SCCs were set up to meet the needs of lower-income families, offering affordable after-school care for children aged seven to 12 years. About 34 per cent of the...
Our pastors ‘run the talk’

Our pastors ‘run the talk’

Sep 2011     FOUR METHODIST PASTORS raised more than $100,000 for the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) in the MWS 30th Anniversary Pastors’ Challenge 2011. On May 28, about 25,000 people descended on a remote part of Changi for the Adidas Sundown Marathon. Among them were four pastors: the Rev Dr Wee Boon Hup...
MWS goes to Punggol with Changi Methodist Church

MWS goes to Punggol with Changi Methodist Church

Aug 2011     WITH MANY YOUNG SINGAPOREAN FAMILIES setting up their first homes in the Punggol and Sengkang estates, the Rev Jasper Sim of Changi Methodist Church saw a valuable opportunity to address a social service gap in the northeast region. “The church leaders and I prayed for more than a month as...
Getting back on track with God

Getting back on track with God

Jul 2011     TRACkers at MWS service centres DILLON WAS ONE OF 15 TRACkers who were attached to some of the Methodist Welfare Services’ (MWS’) service centres in March through April this year. e attachments were part of an intensive disciple-making course organised by the TRAC (Trinity Annual Conference) Youth Ministry. The third...
Ministers visit Covenant FSC

Ministers visit Covenant FSC

Jun 2011     They get update on some key programmes unique to MWS FSCs TESTAMENT TO THE IMPORTANCE of the work of the Methodist Welfare Service’s (MWS) four Family Service Centres in helping needy families in the community, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, paid a special visit to...
GC WSCS and MWS to open hostel for troubled teen girls

GC WSCS and MWS to open hostel for troubled teen girls

May 2011     BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), in partnership with the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service (GC WSCS), will be operating a brand new service – the first of its kind in Singapore. It will be a hostel which will cater to troubled teen...

ETAC befrienders bless chronically poor families

Apr 2011     THE COMBINED CONGREGATION SIZE of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) is just over 1,000 members. However, the small numbers were not a deterrent when it came to reaching out to the chronically poor in the Community Outreach Project of e Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS). A total of 86 befrienders...
MWS celebrates 30 years of caring and service

MWS celebrates 30 years of caring and service

Mar 2011     THE SEED FOR THE FORMATION of the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) was sown by Mr Peter Joe Chia in June 1976. It bore fruit in 1977 when the Board of Social Concerns of Trinity Annual Conference under the leadership of Mr Lee Liat Cheng appointed Dr Chia Lin Sien to...
Methodists continue to befriend 1,000 poor families every month

Methodists continue to befriend 1,000 poor families every month

Feb 2011     EXACTLY A YEAR AGO, in February 2010, The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) launched a Community Outreach Project to help the chronically poor in Singapore in celebration of the MCS’ 125th Anniversary. While the year-long celebration is over, the community project is still continuing, well into 2011. Since April 2010,...
In the shoes of the disadvantaged

In the shoes of the disadvantaged

Jan 2011     Adapted from the “poverty simulation” kit developed by the Missouri Association for Community Action, the “Walk-A-Mile” (WAM) Experiential Journey is a programme conceptualised by the Community Services of Central Singapore Community Development Council to increase public awareness about issues related to poverty. e participants are asked to walk in the shoes...

MWS doubles number of bursary awards: 857 to be given out this year

Dec 2010     THIS YEAR THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES (MWS) will award 857 bursaries to successful applicants, more than twice the number (352) given out last year. An unprecedented 1,052 applications were received compared to 574 the year before, an increase of 45 per cent. In total $292,000 will be distributed to needy...
MwS wesley Seniors Activity Centre at  Jalan Berseh

MwS wesley Seniors Activity Centre at Jalan Berseh

Oct 2010     THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES (MWS), in partnership with Wesley Methodist Church, will be setting up a new Seniors Activity Centre (SAC) at Block 25 in Jalan Berseh, occupying a shop house unit and a residents’ corner. Called the Wesley Seniors Activity Centre, this centre aims to improve the overall quality...

Fund-raising, fellowship and fun

Sep 2010     MWS Charity Golf 2010 bags $330,000, thanks to participants, donors and sponsors FOR THE 22ND YEAR IN A ROW, the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Charity Golf 2010 raised funds for the needy, at the same time allowing Methodists to fellowship with one another through friendly competition. More than 160 golfers...
Mobilising Methodists for the Community Outreach Project

Mobilising Methodists for the Community Outreach Project

Jul 2010     “CAN WE GIVE them more money?” “Do we give them our mobile phone numbers?” “Can we accompany them to see the doctor?” These were among the questions raised by a group of about 30 people gathered at Wesley Methodist Church in April at a briefing session on befriending chronically poor...
Youth in action – TRACkers at MWS

Youth in action – TRACkers at MWS

Jun 2010     YOU WOULD THINK that after their final examinations, either at a junior college or polytechnic, a group of 16 youths aged between 19 and 21, would be off travelling the world or simply taking a well-deserved break. Instead, they signed up for a month-long internship at the Methodist Welfare Services...
Big gifts from young hearts

Big gifts from young hearts

May 2010     Methodist school students give generously to MWS Hongbao Donation Drive CHINESE NEW YEAR is a wonderful time for family bonding and catching up with friends. But for the youth, perhaps the biggest perk is getting to collect those money-filled hongbao. With a multitude of ways in which our youth can...
INVESTING IN BONDS, the kind that pays lifelong dividends

INVESTING IN BONDS, the kind that pays lifelong dividends

Apr 2010     GOOD AND SOUND INVESTMENTS almost always yield positive results. Not so tangible perhaps are bonds of a slightly different kind – human bonds. But far better than monetary or commercial gains, these kinds of bonds not only produce yield abundantly, but also last a lifetime. The call for more involved...
Reaching out to the poor in practical ways

Reaching out to the poor in practical ways

Mar 2010     Blessing the community as MCS celebrates 125 years of blessing THE CYCLE OF CHRONIC POVERTY is hard to break due to a multitude of factors, including illness, disabilities and lack of sustained employment. Getting to know and being involved in the life of a chronically poor person or family will...
How long, Lord, must the poor remain poor?

How long, Lord, must the poor remain poor?

Feb 2010     IT IS DINNER TIME and the Ng family (not their real name) get together in the cramped living room for their only meal of the day – rice and vegetables fried with anchovies. Dirty mattresses are strewn all over the floor of the two-room flat and a middle-aged man is...
Giving hope to the helpless

Giving hope to the helpless

Jan 2010     EVIDENCE OF SINGAPORE’S GROWTH AND PROSPERITY is visibly evident everywhere. New shopping malls and hotels sprout and even in the recession, the malls and restaurants appear full. But there is still a percentage of Singaporeans who struggle to survive in this modern and fast-paced country. ere are about 100,000 residents...
It’s the season of giving … remember the needy

It’s the season of giving … remember the needy

Dec 2009     AT THIS CELEBRATORY TIME of the year, Christ becomes the buzz word and His name is everywhere. Little kids sing it; shops shout it and advertisers make huge headlines out of it. However, it is in the context of the commercial CHRISTmas that Christ is being remembered by the larger...
Worth much more than a $50 note

Worth much more than a $50 note

Nov 2009     MR ALBERT LIM played the tuba in the school band which appeared on the back of the old $50 note. He was on the other end of the row when that picture was taken and just missed being included. He has contributed much to the needy in the community –...
ADDING LIFE TO DAYS

ADDING LIFE TO DAYS

Oct 2009     Volunteering with Agape Methodist Hospice: An outreach of Methodist Welfare Services “I ONCE FAINTED at the sight of my own blood, so I would have been the last person to volunteer at any kind of medical facility. Just thinking of the tubes and needles that are part and parcel of...
MWS partners Methodists to do more

MWS partners Methodists to do more

Sep 2009     UNITY is strength and a people united can achieve great things. Mountains can be moved if every one simply takes care of one little stone. What more in times of adversity? Through these trying times, the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) is collaborating with even more partners to give the underprivileged...
A-plus Parenting  Play the right role and help your child do his best

A-plus Parenting Play the right role and help your child do his best

Aug 2009     THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES’ Covenant Family Service Centre has been operating a Parenting Hotline for the past 20 years. It is the only helpline in Singapore manned fully by social workers and counsellors. Many of the callers seek advice and counselling on managing and disciplining their children and one of...
Let’s talk about sex

Let’s talk about sex

Jul 2009     YOUNG PEOPLE these days are exposed to information, lifestyles and issues that challenge the values they have been brought up with. It is not unusual for teenagers to test their parents’ author-ity, challenge traditions and beliefs and explore new ideas and lifestyles. How parents respond to their teens is important,...
Church ‘must support families through  their transitions’

Church ‘must support families through their transitions’

Nov 2008     FAMILIES will experience transitions in many ways and the Church must journey with them through these periods, said speakers at a conference on “Families in Transition” organised by the Methodist Welfare Services, with support from the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service. “Transitions have both potentials and problems. Transitional...
Of MWS pioneers who make the ‘invisible Church’ visible

Of MWS pioneers who make the ‘invisible Church’ visible

Oct 2008     NOT all of us may know this, but the idea of having a central Methodist agency to deal with social issues as well as be the Church’s outreach to the man-in-the-street was first mooted by the then Editor of Methodist Message, Mr Peter Joe Chia, in an Editorial of that...
Daybreak Family Service Centre offers services for families in distress

Daybreak Family Service Centre offers services for families in distress

Sep 2008     DAYBREAK Family Service Centre is a community outreach of the Methodist Welfare Services. Situated in Yishun, Daybreak FSC offers a wide range of services for families in distress due to financial difficulties, parenting or marital issues. For couples planning to tie the knot we offer marriage preparation courses; and for...
Understanding children with learning difficulties

Understanding children with learning difficulties

Sep 2008     PART 12: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES Ms Sheila Koh, a psychologist, was brought on board Daybreak Family Service Centre to kickstart a new programme for children with learning difficulties. ‘PS-ACT or Psychological Services - Assessment, Consultation and Training was launched in January this year. There are only a...
MWS gets new Executive Director

MWS gets new Executive Director

Aug 2008     Mrs Jenny Bong joined the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) as Executive Director in June. Trained in social work, she brings 15 years of leadership experience to MWS. THIS interview was conducted on Mrs Jenny Bong’s second week at work. Understandably, she is still trying to understand the breadth and depth...
‘Ability to give total care to the terminally ill motivates me’

‘Ability to give total care to the terminally ill motivates me’

Jul 2008     PART 11: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES The newly restructured Agape Methodist Hospice engaged Ms Moira Tan as its first homecare nurse supervisor last year. ‘MADAM Leong (not her real name), lives with her fourth daughter in a one-room rental flat. When I read the referral...
MWS head: I am constantly resolving multi-faceted issues

MWS head: I am constantly resolving multi-faceted issues

Jun 2008     PART 10: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES Ms Christine Wong, a trained counsellor with more than 25 years of experience in the social service sector, has helmed the Methodist Welfare Services as Executive Director since March 2005. Making sure the MWS runs smoothly is just one...
Core services of Tampines FSC

Core services of Tampines FSC

May 2008     LIKE all Family Service Centres, Tampines Family Service Centre (FSC) has three core services: Information and Referral, Casework and Counselling and Preventive and Developmental Programmes. The following are some of its programmes: • The Children’s Club was set up for the children in the neighbourhood to enhance their social, physical,...
Being a good support to social workers ‘my biggest challenge’

Being a good support to social workers ‘my biggest challenge’

May 2008     PART 9: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES Ms Connie Ng, Tampines Family Service Centre’s Assistant Director, strongly believes in supporting and nurturing social workers to enable them to help others. ‘AS THE Assistant Director at Tampines Family Service Centre (FSC), my responsibilities include overseeing the general operations...
‘Home residents are so much a part of my extended family’

‘Home residents are so much a part of my extended family’

Apr 2008     PART 8: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES Mahmood, Christalite Methodist Home’s Senior Welfare Officer, is always thinking about what else he can do to improve the residents’ quality of life. ‘IJOINED Christalite Methodist Home (CMH) in February 1997 while our would-be residents were still staying at...
‘Watching toddlers pick up simple skills is very fulfilling’

‘Watching toddlers pick up simple skills is very fulfilling’

Mar 2008     PART 7: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES One of the longest serving staff at D’Joy Children’s Centre, Madam Lee Cheo Kee, cannot imagine herself working with anybody except young children ‘MY ROLE as the playgroup teacher in D’Joy Children’s Centre includes teaching and taking care of...
Methodist Hospice Fellowship is now called  Agape Methodist Hospice

Methodist Hospice Fellowship is now called Agape Methodist Hospice

Mar 2008     Its new location is at Methodist Centre THE Methodist Hospice Fellowship (MHF) is now called Agape Methodist Hospice (AMH). The new name reflects the ministry’s emphasis on the clinical aspects of hospice care for home-based patients. This means that terminally ill patients will be given full medical and nursing care...
‘Working with youth is challenging’

‘Working with youth is challenging’

Feb 2008     PART 6: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES In five years, Brenda Khong has progressed from being a nervous newcomer to supervising young colleagues as Sembawang Family Service Centre’s senior social worker. ‘IJOINED Sembawang Family Service Centre (SFSC) in 2002, shortly after graduating with a degree in...
‘Motherhood helps me connect with children and youth’

‘Motherhood helps me connect with children and youth’

Jan 2008     PART 5: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVCICES Esther Chai sees her role as Programme Coordinator at iConnect Student Care as a partner in raising pupils with a deep sense of values. ‘I HAD been living a very active life when I was single. When I got...
MWS helmed by familiar faces, honours pioneers

MWS helmed by familiar faces, honours pioneers

Dec 2007     THE Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) saw the return of familiar faces to serve on its highest governing body, now called the Board of Governance, at its recent Annual General Meeting (AGM). Held at Sophia Blackmore Hall, Methodist Centre, the Sept 8 AGM saw Mrs Tan Ee Leng, Mr Albert Lim,...
Blessed to find ‘our second home in Bethany’

Blessed to find ‘our second home in Bethany’

Nov 2007     PART 3: THE SOCIAL SERVICES MINISTRY OF THE METHODIST WELFARE SERVICES The July 25 wedding of Renior Tabboga and Desiree Bernadino created a buzz at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home. Desiree, the bride and a senior nursing aide at the Home, talks about their vocation. ‘OUR wedding was very special for...
Most people’s problems are about communication’

Most people’s problems are about communication’

Oct 2007     Part 2 of the series on the social services ministry of the Methodist Welfare Services features a social worker at a Family Service Centre. ‘THERE is no typical day in my work as a social worker at Covenant Family Service Centre because I also handle various administrative tasks. For example, I...
‘My work teaches me to empathise with disadvantaged children’

‘My work teaches me to empathise with disadvantaged children’

Sep 2007     In this new series on the Methodist Welfare Services, we would like to give you a glimpse of our social service ministry carried out in our centres. So get to know our staff as they share about their work and experiences. ‘MY NAME is Elin Poh Su-Ching and I have...
National Day Thanksgiving Service

National Day Thanksgiving Service

Aug 2007     THERE will be a National Day Thanksgiving Service at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Aug 16, 2007 at 7.45 pm. This is an opportunity for Christians of all denominations to gather to give thanks to God for blessing our nation and our leaders, to pray for the continued well-being and prosperity...
Thriving at parenting

Thriving at parenting

Jul 2007     Part Five of the series on the Methodist Welfare Services highlights programmes and services on parenting. We continue to witness the life journey of a couple, Jin Han and Susanna, as the former reminisces in a love letter to his beloved wife. MY DEAREST WIFE Susanna, By the time Charis...
Adopt a duck – and watch the fun

Adopt a duck – and watch the fun

Jun 2007     THE SCS Great Singapore Duck Race 2007 will be held at the Singapore River on Sept 9, 2007. Adopt a rubber duck and let it take part in the race – and watch the fun. Duck adoption certificates are available at $10 each and for $15 you can get a...
Nurturing the young

Nurturing the young

Apr 2007     Part Four of the series on the Methodist Welfare Services highlights programmes and services for children and youth. Once again we witness the strength of Jin Han and Susanna’s faith and their commitment to their family as the former reminisces about their life together in a love letter. DEAR Susanna, Do...
Ageing graciously, living meaningfully

Ageing graciously, living meaningfully

Feb 2007     Part Three of the series on the Methodist Welfare Services highlights programmes and services for the elderly and frail. Again, we witness the enduring faith and commitment of Jin Han and Susanna as the former writes a love letter reminiscing about their life together. DEAR Susanna, how many other couples do...
Financially fit for life

Financially fit for life

Dec 2006     Part Two of the series on the Methodist Welfare Services highlights programmes that help individuals and families become financially savvy. We witness the life journey of Jin Han and Susanna as the former walks down memory lane in his love letter to his wife. DEAR, I never told you this,...
‘Help provide a home for church and orphanage in Kathmandu’

‘Help provide a home for church and orphanage in Kathmandu’

Nov 2006     I HAD to go and see it for myself. Every person I met who had been there had been deeply moved. No, I am not talking about the beautiful rolling green hills and the magnificent snow-capped mountains of Nepal. I am referring to Sophia’s Home in Kathmandu for 23 girls...
BRMC Kindergarten holds its own service

BRMC Kindergarten holds its own service

Oct 2006     FOR the first time in 38 years, Barker Road Methodist Church Kindergarten held its own Kindergarten Sunday Worship Service independently of Barker Road Methodist Church (BRMC). The service was held at the sanctuary of BRMC on July 16, 2006. The congregation filled up about three quarters of the main sanctuary,...
Marriage made in heaven, lived on earth

Marriage made in heaven, lived on earth

Oct 2006     MY DEAR Susanna, Today is our 15th wedding anniversary. I was feeling nostalgic when I woke up this morning so I took out our wedding album. The pictures refreshed my memory, as if our marriage took place just last week. Remember how we poured our hearts into our wedding preparations? We busied ourselves meeting the hotel people, going from one wedding boutique to...
MWS and GC-WSCS holding a two-day conference on addiction in June

MWS and GC-WSCS holding a two-day conference on addiction in June

May 2006     Equipping Christians to help those with addiction problems A GROUP of professionals working with groups addressing addiction concerns and issues will share their experiences and offer their expert advice at “A Christian’s Response to Addiction” conference here next month. They include Dr Munidasa Winslow, Head and Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, Community...
Helping Christians to grasp various types of addiction

Helping Christians to grasp various types of addiction

Mar 2006     IN ITS attempt to address the growing national concern over addiction, the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) will be organising “A Christian’s Response to Addiction” conference in June. This two-day conference aims to help Christians get a better grasp of the various types of addiction that afflict Christians and non-Christians alike. It...

‘Observe MWS Sunday with Social Concerns Sunday’

Apr 2004     THE Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) is appealing to all local Methodist churches to observe MWS Sunday with Christian Outreach and Social Concerns Sunday on April 25 this year. A spokesman said: "As the churches in all three Conferences traditionally designate the last Sunday in April as Christian Outreach and Social...
164 needy students get bursaries from MWS

164 needy students get bursaries from MWS

Feb 2004     Ling Wei Loong, a Chew Kia Song Award recipient, receiving his award from Mrs Lee Siew Choo. - MWS picture. THE Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) disbursed $38,500 to 164 recipients at its 10th Bursary Award 2004 presentation at the Methodist Centre on Nov 29, 2003. Mrs Laureen Ong, Chairman of...
Bishop inspires MWS staff to continue ‘doing good’

Bishop inspires MWS staff to continue ‘doing good’

Jan 2004     A group of Methodist Welfare Services staff looking at a panel on the "Heritage Walk" on the third floor of the Methodist Centre. - Methodist Message picture. MORE than 200 frontline and support staff of the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) attended a talk recently on "Our Heritage, Beliefs, Structure and...
MWS golf tourney rakes in more funds this year

MWS golf tourney rakes in more funds this year

Nov 2003     Ms Janet Lim (left) and Ms Judith Chua (centre) of the Ladies' champion team from Paya Lebar Methodist Church receiving the Rosalyn Tay Trophy from Mrs Lucy Toh. -- MWS picture. DESPITE the economic gloom, and the recent SARS crisis, more "funds per head" were raised at this year's MWS...
MWS to amend Constitution

MWS to amend Constitution

Sep 2003     The new MWS Management Committee: Seated, from left, Mr Khoo, Mrs Ng, Mrs Tan, Mr Chan, Mr Lim and Mr Tambyah. Standing, from left, Mrs Poore, Mr Fong, Mr Peh, Mr Yen, Ms Lor and Mrs Woo. Not in picture: Dr Chen. -- MWS picture. THE Methodist Welfare Services (MWS)...
Be a partner of Bethany Home

Be a partner of Bethany Home

May 2003     BE A partner of Bethany Methodist Nursing Home in its "Touching Lives Through Service" scheme. You can make a difference to someone's life by: ADOPTING A RESIDENT For just $500 a month or $6,000 a year, you can provide a resident with : Shelter and meals, Nursing, medical and rehabilitative...
Cheow Tong commends MWS for running  Bethany Home

Cheow Tong commends MWS for running Bethany Home

Apr 2003     Mr Yeo and Bishop Dr Solomon unveiling the plaque for Bethany Methodist Nursing Home while Mrs Woo Chu Sin, BMNH Chairman, and Mr Chan Kum Kit, MWS Chairman, look on. Official opening and Dedication Service of Bethany Methodist Nursing Home FEBRUARY 22, 2003 was chosen to commemorate the official opening...
Pentecost Methodist Church is MWS’ latest partner

Pentecost Methodist Church is MWS’ latest partner

Mar 2003     PENTECOST Methodist Church (PMC) is the latest Methodist church to partner the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) in its outreach efforts to the disadvantaged and needy in the community through the Tampines Family Service Centre (TFSC). PMC and the MWS signed a Memorandum of Understanding for this partnership on Jan 24,...
MWS, CCMC lauded for running Sembawang FSC

MWS, CCMC lauded for running Sembawang FSC

Jan 2003     Declaring the Sembawang Family Service Centre open was Dr Warren Lee. Applauding (from left) are Mr Hsieh Fu Hua and Bishop Dr Robert Solomon. -- Sembawang FSC picture. A delightful song-and-dance item from children of the centre. THE Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC, Dr Warren Lee, has commended the...
 
 

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It’s cool to serve the Lord

It’s cool to serve the Lord

Mar 2017    

“I’m going on a short mission trip to Chiangmai.” The usual response to this is, “Cool place!” Sadly, not anymore, as de-forestation has affected the climate of this northern Thai city. Vineyard Methodist School (VMS) in Chiangmai was set up by the Methodist Missions Society (MMS). The school’s mission is…

Reaching out to families in distress

Reaching out to families in distress

Mar 2017    

  “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)…