Church Profile

Christalite Methodist Chapel: Shining for Christ in Geylang schools

Oct 2013    

Over a decade ago, Christalite Methodist Chapel began with a simple mission: To share God’s love with the Geylang Methodist Schools and the Geylang community. Spurred by the Holy Spirit’s leading, a small group of leaders and members from Christ Methodist Church moved to Geylang Methodist School to start a preaching point in September 1996.

In order to “be a disciple-making Christian community that shines in Geylang,” the chapel focuses on partnering the Geylang Methodist Schools – Primary and Secondary – to reach out to children, youth and their families in powerful and relevant ways. The chapel is located on the third floor of the GMS(P) building.

Christalite has initiated programmes and events to provide support for families in the community, in order to develop the full potential of children and youth, and strengthen family ties.

The yearly CARE EVENT programme is one of them. Christalite identifies 60 families with children in GMS(P), and shows them love by meeting their needs. Each family is given NTUC vouchers and cash amounting to $500 a year. In addition, the families will receive hampers during Christmas.

Every family is also attached to a cell group in Christalite, who will purposefully befriend these families and be their care partners throughout the year, inviting them to church events and paying them house visits. Christalite also partners GMS(P) to minister to families in crisis. When a family meets a crisis, the school will notify chapel staff, who would then get in touch with the families to provide assistance and support in their time of need.

Over the years, the needs of families have evolved and the chapel has kept pace with these changes, starting new programmes such as subsidised tuition sessions for students, the Sponsor-A-Child programme and Parents’ Fellowship.

Last August, the chapel took over the management of Christalite Student Care Centre in Geylang East Central, just a stone’s throw away from the school. Additionally, we have partnered the schools in working with the Dads for Life movement to foster strong ties between fathers and children.

The chapel is also the sponsoring church of the Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade companies in both the Primary and Secondary schools.

As a result of more than a decade of these practical outreach programmes, many of the children, youth, and adults at Christalite are living testimonies of lives touched by God’s love, and are now active members of the church ministry, reaching out to the next generation of children and youth.

This is very much in line with the chapel’s mission: To be a church for Geylang Methodist School (Primary) and the Geylang community, and to make disciples of every church member who will in turn disciple others.

The Rev Nga Mee Hee, Pastor-in-Charge of Christalite Methodist Chapel, reflects: “God has been very faithful in providing for us and blessing our ministry, first as a Preaching Point and then as a Local Conference since 2005.

“I’m thankful for the expanding family in Christalite that extends love and grace to one another, and labours tirelessly to care for and bless others in the schools and the Geylang community. May we continue to be a beacon of light that shines in Geylang!”

PRAY * for the chapel’s continued ministry among students, their families, and the Geylang community.

Pictures by Christalite Methodist Chapel

 

We continue our series of profiling local churches from our three Annual Conferences of The Methodist Church in Singapore. As we come to have a better understanding of each other’s history and ministry, there may be opportunity to forge cross-church partnerships and collaborations.

Children and youth are a main focus of Christalite Methodist Chapel’s outreach efforts to the community, particularly through the Geylang Methodist Schools.

Andrea Low is a volunteer contributor who is passionate about story-telling and travelling. A PR communications professional by day, she worships at Christalite Methodist Chapel.

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