A DEDICATION SERVICE on June 4, 2011 marked a milestone for Rangsit Methodist Church in Klong Si, Bangkok.
The Rev Prasert Pornkiratikul, pastor of the church, leaders and church members received Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, Methodist Missions Society (MMS) directors and church leaders from Paya Lebar Methodist Church (PLMC) who flew into ailand for the dedication service of the church chapel and crematorium. ose from PLMC, the sponsoring church, included the Rev Lynette Sathiasingam, Mr Chan Choon Seng and Missionary Supply Pastor John Lim.
The MMS directors, pastors and leaders from our Methodist churches in ailand had arrived earlier for a Staﬀ Retreat on June 2 and 3.
Welcoming the guests at the service in ai was Mr Chim Sanit, the Local Church Executive Committee Chairman of Rangsit MC, and in English by the Rev Henry Yeo.
The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Peerasak Hinmuangkow Governor of Patumthani Province. Together with the Bishop, the Rev Lawrence Chua, Executive Director of the MMS, the Rev Lynette Sathiasingam and Mr Chan Choon Seng, he cut the ribbon to declare open the church chapel. The service then began.
After the opening hymn and prayers in both the Thai and English languages, a youth group of the church presented a Thai cultural dance, “Blessings”, followed by an item by the Bangkok Milal Missionary Choir.
Mr Peerasak urged the church to “honour the country, the King and religion”, and reminded church members of the privilege to continue to impart moral and religious values to the people.
In his message, Bishop Dr Solomon said “Scripture shows us that the temple is a place to worship God, to praise God and lift high the name of God and in worship to be keenly aware of the attributes of God, His Holiness, His Truth, His Beauty, His Love and His Purpose”.
Quoting Hudson Taylor, he said, “God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s supplies”, reminding the congregation that God owns everything.
The promise of the temple is incomplete as the people must now begin to build in the hearts of people, he said. “We must now shift from building in stone and mortar to building the hearts of people.”
He reminded the church members that the walls of the church must not become prison walls and challenged them to be like John Wesley and look at the world as being their parish.
The Act of Dedication by the Bishop then followed, after which the Rev Prasert and Pastor John Lim took the guests on a tour of the premises.
Paul Low is a member of the Missions Committee of Paya Lebar Methodist Church.
Key to cutting edge missions
THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) will be celebrated this year with a special MMS Missions Conference at Toa Payoh Methodist Church (TPMC) on Aug 20 from 9 am to 4.30 pm. It is entitled “Key to Cutting Edge Missions: doing the old things in new ways”.
Open to all by registration, the conference will feature panel discussions and workshops aimed at educating Methodists to do things in new, more eﬀective ways in the mission field. e conference fee is $10.
The keynote speaker is the Rev P. John Wesley, General Secretary of the Indian Evangelical Mission (IEM). He will teach, stir and motivate attendees to be more involved in God’s mission.
Workshops on “Church Planting”, “Education Missions”, “Medical Missions”, “Business as Missions” and “Missionary Care” will be oﬀered to participants.
Other events that are part of the anniversary celebrations entitled “20 years in my Father’s business” are the MMS anksgiving Service at TPMC on Aug 20 at 5 pm (contact MMS for invitations), the Missionaries’ Retreat at Methodist Centre from Aug 22 to 24, and the MMS Fund-raising Banquet at Orchard Hotel on Aug 28 at 6.30 pm.
For enquiries, please call 6478-4818 or email mms@ methodist.org.sg. Conference registration forms may be downloaded from www.mms.org.sg Please do not send cash by mail.