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New BB President is Methodist

New BB President is Methodist

Feb 2017     At the 83rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Boys’ Brigade (BB) in Singapore on 25 Nov 2016, the Brigade Council elected its new Brigade President for 2017 to 2018 – Mr Poh Leong Berg. He took over the post from Dr Ho Yew Kee, who stepped down after four...
Judicial Council clarifies GC services mandated for Annual Conferences

Judicial Council clarifies GC services mandated for Annual Conferences

Feb 2017     The Judicial Council (10th Quadrennium) of The Methodist Church in Singapore has made a declaratory decision on a petition submitted to it by the Finance and Administration Council (FAC) of the 10th Quadrennium, seeking clarification on mandatory services to be performed by the General Conference Office (GCO) on behalf of...
The unequal yoke

The unequal yoke

Feb 2017     Question: I am dating a non-Christian and I see in him all the qualities of a Christian though he does not believe in Jesus, at least not yet. I would like for him to share my faith. But even though he does not believe, will he not make a good...
Thanksgiving, blessing and ministry needs

Thanksgiving, blessing and ministry needs

Jan 2017     41st SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE Bishop-Elect Dr Chong Chin Chung delivered his final President’s Address at the 41st Session of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) on 14 Nov 2016, sharing his reflections and thanksgiving for the past two quadrennia of service. He reiterated the quadrennial theme “Take My...
Collaborating to face challenges

Collaborating to face challenges

Jan 2017     41ST SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE In his final President’s Review at the close of his four-year term, Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) President Rev R. Prabhu called for ETAC churches and members to strengthen collaboration in ministry, in the face of the Conference’s many challenges. These challenges include...
Networking and investing in each other’s ministries

Networking and investing in each other’s ministries

Jan 2017     41st SESSION OF TRINITY ANNUAL CONFERENCE At the 41st Session of Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC), President Dr Gordon Wong began his Address with the Apostle Paul’s example of thanksgiving in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, and 16-18. He expressed his appreciation for everyone serving in all the Conference boards and local church...
‘Walk Together’ in support of our schools

‘Walk Together’ in support of our schools

Jan 2017     ‘Walk Together’ in support of our schools  “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 Methodist schools and churches will Walk Together! The Methodist Schools’ Foundation (MSF), together with the 15 Methodist schools in Singapore, will hold its...
Ministers meet Christian leaders at closed-door session on national security

Ministers meet Christian leaders at closed-door session on national security

Jan 2017     On 14 Oct 2016, the ETHOS Institute™ for Public Christianity conducted a closed-door meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (fourth from left) and Minister Tan Chuan-Jin (third from left) on terrorism and national security. About 180 key clergy and leaders from the Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant churches...
11TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE

11TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE

Jan 2017     Final updates for GC 2016 The Methodist Church in Singapore wrapped up its 11th Session of the General Conference (GC) in December 2016, concluding the remaining discussions and decisions on 1 Dec 2016. Bishop Dr James Kwang of the Chinese Methodist Church in Australia brought greetings and shared a meditation...
EARLY METHODIST PREACHERS

EARLY METHODIST PREACHERS

Dec 2016     Thomas Olivers From prodigal to preacher It has been a privilege to have these biographical sketches of early Methodist preachers published in Methodist Message alongside those contributed by Dr Tong Hoo Ing. They reveal the same contrasts and similarities in the history and tradition of Methodism in Southeast Asia and...
Four bishops ministered at 4th Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service

Four bishops ministered at 4th Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service

Dec 2016     About 1,200 people attended the Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service held at St Andrew’s Cathedral on 26 Sep 2016. It was the fourth service of this series – the first two were held at Aldersgate Methodist Church in 2013 and 2014. Last year, it was held at Church of St. Mary...
MM 125 Colouring Contest

MM 125 Colouring Contest

Nov 2016    

Shortlisted entries for MM August’s ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ Colouring Contest Thank you all for your participation in our contest!

Photo Gallery: MM 125 Appreciation Lunch

Photo Gallery: MM 125 Appreciation Lunch

Oct 2016    

Methodist Message celebrated its 125th Anniversary with an Appreciation Lunch on Saturday, 1 October 2016 at Sophia Blackmore Hall, Methodist Centre. Pictures by Daniel Lie & MCS Communications

NDTS 2016: Fulfilling God’s purpose

NDTS 2016: Fulfilling God’s purpose

Oct 2016     Are you like a determined salmon, or an aimlessly-drifting jellyfish? Speaking at the 11th National Day Thanksgiving Service (NDTS), held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on 18 Aug 2016, the Rt Rev Dr Steven Gan, Vice-President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS), drew the stark comparison between the two in challenging the congregation to...
National Day Awards 2016

National Day Awards 2016

Oct 2016     Congratulations!   Methodist Message congratulates the following who have received the 2016 National Day Awards:   Churches Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church Ms Linda Tay Hui Cheng The Commendation Medal Mr Kon Kwok Leong The Long Service Medal 2WO (NS) Leong Khim Mun Arnold The Long Service Medal (Military) Covenant Community Methodist...
Judicial Council validates consent to sale of property

Judicial Council validates consent to sale of property

Oct 2016     The Judicial Council of The Methodist Church in Singapore has made a declaratory decision on a petition submitted to it by the General Conference (GC), confirming the validity of a resolution made by the GC consenting to the sale of two out of five property units in ESPA condominium. The resolution...
When we ask God the wrong questions

When we ask God the wrong questions

Oct 2016       What if you were transported backwards in time, and found yourself in ancient Galilee where you met Jesus face-to-face? What questions would you ask Him if given the opportunity? During His public ministry, Jesus was asked countless questions, many of which were of the wrong kind, revealing the questioner’s...
Wonderlast (心游记)

Wonderlast (心游记)

Sep 2016     When the committee first met to discuss the theme for the World Federation of Chinese Methodist Churches (WFCMC) 8th Young Leaders’ Conference (YLC), little did we realise the full meaning of choosing the theme “Wonderlast 心游记”. In the end, the conference truly turned out to be a “journey of the...
Prophetic and pastoral responses to human sexuality

Prophetic and pastoral responses to human sexuality

Sep 2016     What can the Church say about human sexuality and marriage that has not already been lambasted in the news and in conversations? After attending the “Human Sexuality, Marriage and the Church” conference on 6 July 2016, I came away with the realisation that there is much to the topic which...
SFMS student shines in Global Academic Olympiad

SFMS student shines in Global Academic Olympiad

Sep 2016     A student from St Francis Methodist School (SFMS), Wang Yuxin, has won a Bronze Medal (Mathematics) in the Global Academic Olympiad held from 10-14 July 2016 in Mungyeong, Korea. Yuxin was part of a team of nine SFMS students, accompanied by two teachers, who participated in the event organised by...
Busking for Change

Busking for Change

Aug 2016     To raise funds for and awareness of the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH), 350 Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) students, parents, staff, alumni and members from Living Waters Methodist Church put up 130 performances along Orchard Road in the afternoon of Saturday, 28 May 2016. Highlights of the event ‘Busking for Change’...
EARLY METHODIST PREACHERS

EARLY METHODIST PREACHERS

Aug 2016     Alexander Mather: Rebel turned preacher Alexander Mather was born in February 1733, in the town of Brechin, Scotland. He described his parents as reputable people who made it their business to bring him up “in the fear of God and to keep him from evil company”. Even so, he was...
Lessons from a Samaritan Traveller

Lessons from a Samaritan Traveller

Jul 2016     There are several ways Christians can help others in need. One common approach is to do it institutionally, especially for big projects such as running schools and hospitals. The pooling of resources to provide more efficient and enhanced services is one effective way to do it – provided that it...
World Baptist-Methodist dialogue holds 3rd meeting in Germany

World Baptist-Methodist dialogue holds 3rd meeting in Germany

Jun 2016     The third round of conversations of the international dialogue between Baptists and Methodists centred on “Making Disciples: Baptism and Christian Initiation”. It took place from 3-10 Feb 2016 at the Elstal Theological Seminary near Berlin, Germany. Participants (below, with German friends) discussed two Bible studies by distinguished New Testament scholars: Matthew...
When God counts

When God counts

May 2016     The Bible has many numbers, some symbolic and others actual, and some both. The “seven spirits of God” in Revelation (1:4; 3:1; 5:6) refers to the Holy Spirit in His perfection, while the 153 fish caught by the disciples is an actual figure (Jn 21:11). The 40 days Jesus fasted...
The Rev Goh Hood Keng: A legend before his time

The Rev Goh Hood Keng: A legend before his time

May 2016       At a young age, Goh Hood Keng was drawn to Christianity of his own accord. His parents were devout Buddhist Peranakans, who enrolled him at the Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) when he was six years old, yet enforced a daily discipline of worshipping idols at the family altar. Curious about...
Building inter-faith bridges

Building inter-faith bridges

May 2016     A helpful framework for engaging in inter-faith relationships was shared by the Most Rev Archbishop William Goh (right) of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore on 31 March 2016, at Trinity Annual Conference’s (TRAC) Board of Outreach and Social Concerns (BOSC) annual Thanksgiving Dinner. About 100 church leaders and volunteers...
John Nelson: A soldier for Christ

John Nelson: A soldier for Christ

May 2016     As with many early Methodist lay preachers, John Nelson had humble origins. Born in 1707 in the North of England, he became a stone mason like his father, and this craft enabled him to support his wife and family throughout his ministry. His spiritual pilgrimage began with his response to...
Experiencing community as a stranger in Singapore

Experiencing community as a stranger in Singapore

Apr 2016     Born and raised in the farmlands of central California, I had never imagined living in Southeast Asia, let alone the urban jungles of Singapore. My first visit to Singapore was in 1991, shortly after being married. Not having ventured outside the downtown area, I got the impression that Singapore was...
Christians in the marketplace

Christians in the marketplace

Apr 2016     According to the U.S. Census in 2015, the United States of America has a working population of 154 million, of which 63 million identify themselves as Christians. Only three million, or two per cent of the total working population, describe themselves as Christians who actively integrate faith at work. This...

BIBLE QUIZ No. 30

Mar 2016     BIBLE QUIZ No. 30   1. Who was promised to David as wife by Saul, never given to David but to another man instead? M_ _ _ _. 2. Who let David down through a window so that he could escape from Saul? M_ _ _ _ _. 3. Who...
GC 2016: Interview with GC Sec

GC 2016: Interview with GC Sec

Mar 2016     Later this year, The Methodist Church in Singapore will be holding its regular session of the General Conference (GC) – which is held only once every four years. What is it all about? And how will the average Methodist be affected? Methodist Message sits down with GC Secretary and long-time...
Record-breaking results by SFMS students

Record-breaking results by SFMS students

Mar 2016     Can a conducive environment enable students pursuing alternative pathways from traditional academic routes to achieve academic excellence? ? St Francis Methodist School’s (SFMS) recent results testify a resounding “yes”! A student from SFMS has been named top student in the recent cohort of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)...
ACS turns 130, answers the call to serve

ACS turns 130, answers the call to serve

Mar 2016     Specially designed ACS 130 collar pins were given to all students and staff to celebrate ACS’ 130th Founder’s Day The six units of the Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) have come together as ONE ACS to celebrate 130 years of God’s Faithfulness since its founding on 1 March 1886 by Bishop Oldham....
Reconciling science and Christian faith

Reconciling science and Christian faith

Mar 2016     In his lecture, Dr Andrew Loke (second from right) challenged the view that science and Christian faith were necessarily in conflict. Photos courtesy of The Bible Society® of Singapore “As a young Christian, I’d always thought that creationism and evolution were opposing ideas,” said Timothy Seow, 19, an attendee at...
Celebrating Christmas uniquely at Orchard and VivoCity

Celebrating Christmas uniquely at Orchard and VivoCity

Feb 2016     “I’ve been participating for the past seven years, and this is the first year that I’m just watching. I now know why people would want to keep coming back, because it’s a blessing to be a part of this.” The above comment, overheard from an audience member at the Celebrate...
Being with Christ

Being with Christ

Feb 2016     A friend shared with me that a global Chinese Christian leader told a recent gathering of Chinese pastors "how we Chinese are good at knowing (pursuit of knowledge) and doing but lacking in the being (the personal relationship with Christ)". This accurate observation is true for most Christians, regardless of...
Christian community gifts $800,000 to non-profit organisations

Christian community gifts $800,000 to non-profit organisations

Jan 2016     A Christmas gift of $800,000 was presented to 16 volunteer welfare organisations at the Jubilee Christmas Gift Presentation Ceremony on 11 Dec 2015 at Mandarin Orchard, attended by Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Tan Chuan Jin. $700,000 was raised during the Jubilee Day of Prayer (JDOP) in July...
TRAC President to pastors: Pursue love, faith

TRAC President to pastors: Pursue love, faith

Jan 2016     The Rev Shaun Chong, the Rev Wendy Tay, the Rev Ming Feong Ching, the Rev Raymond Fong, and the Rev Clarence Lee were ordained as Elders at the Closing Service. – Photo by Daniel Lie Pastors Ian Lee, Ling Kin Yew, Jeremy Ong and Jason Phua were ordained as Deacons....
TRAC’s ‘three missions’

TRAC’s ‘three missions’

Jan 2016     The TRAC President thanking retiring pastors for their ministry: The Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, the Rev Dr Daniel Koh, and the Rev Peter Goh. During his President’s Address, the Rev Dr Wong recognised the work of Christian Ministry Staff appointed to Methodist schools.   Photos by Daniel Lie Every...
New principals at three Methodist schools

New principals at three Methodist schools

Jan 2016     Three Methodist schools welcome new Principals appointed with effect from 15 Dec 2015. They are: Mrs Chaillan Mui Tuan, Anglo-Chinese School (Junior). She is no stranger to the Methodist community, having served as Principal of Fairfield Methodist School (Primary) for the past seven years. Prior to that, she was Vice-Principal...
Cultivating the fear of the Lord

Cultivating the fear of the Lord

Jan 2016     The remedy to worldly fears of suffering, rejection, failure, death, and losing favour with people is an even greater fear of the Lord, said Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon in his sermon at the Opening Service of ETAC’s 40th Session. He based his message on Psalms 76 and 2 Kings 18-19,...
ETAC focuses on missions in 2016

ETAC focuses on missions in 2016

Jan 2016     In thanking God for His sustaining grace in another year as the Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) President, the Rev R. Prabhu stated ETAC’s focus on missions in the coming year, based on its theme of “Strengthen your stakes” (Isaiah 54.2). This builds upon the emphasis on community outreach and...
Methodist agencies to  celebrate 25-year milestones

Methodist agencies to celebrate 25-year milestones

Jan 2016     Disciple Agency (DA) and the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) will celebrate 25-year milestones in 2016, following The Methodist Church in Singapore’s (MCS) 130th anniversary last year. Originating from The United Methodist Church, DISCIPLE is a leading disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders and its mission is to...
Bishop: ‘We are a sent people’

Bishop: ‘We are a sent people’

Jan 2016     An integral part of our identity as Jesus Christ’s disciples is that we are all ‘sent’, even if it is not to another country or culture, said Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup at the Ordination and Closing Service of the CAC’s 40th Session on 11 Nov. Referring to Mark 16:15,...
CAC: Forging ahead

CAC: Forging ahead

Jan 2016     Building bridges with Mainland Chinese churches, better use of local church premises, future prospects of our Mandarin congregations, strengthening the family life ministry, and producing quality kindergartens were some points brought up by the Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung in his President’s Message at the 40th session of the Chinese...
Showing up

Showing up

Jan 2016     Woody Allen said, “80 per cent of success is showing up.” In Numbers chapter 11, Moses was tasked by the Lord to gather 70 elders from the people of Israel. The Holy Spirit came upon the elders and they prophesied. “But two of the seventy — Eldad and Medad —...
MCSL: 20 years of  God’s faithfulness

MCSL: 20 years of God’s faithfulness

Jan 2016     To commemorate 20 years of God’s goodness and faithfulness, the Methodist Co-operative Society Ltd (MCSL) held its first social outreach event to give back to the community on 4 Dec 2015 - a movie screening for 325 underprivileged families, children and youths-at-risk. Guest-of-Honour Mr Lim Biow Chuan, Member of Parliament...
Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service

Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service

Jan 2016     Prayer teams ministered to people who came forward for healing. About 1,600 Christians from various churches in Singapore gathered for the Ecumenical Charismatic Healing Service at Church of St. Mary of the Angels on 30 Oct 2015 for a time of worship and ministry. Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup from...
New Year Greetings from the Presidents

New Year Greetings from the Presidents

Jan 2016     The Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung, President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) We give thanks for the New Year because it is God’s gift of a brand new beginning for us. Let us sing the hymn ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ and be reminded of the Lord’s faithfulness, as it...
Pursuing Christian unity in Singapore

Pursuing Christian unity in Singapore

Dec 2015     Chia Hui Jun is Editorial Executive at Methodist Message and worships at Foochow Methodist Church. Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup expounded on the importance of Christian unity in the diverse church landscape in Singapore, during ETHOS Institute™ for Public Christianity’s first Annual Lecture on 20 October. Walking in a manner worthy...
A Methodist musing about salvation

A Methodist musing about salvation

Dec 2015     Jonathan Liautrakul is a recent graduate of the National University of Singapore and worships at Wesley Methodist Church. He is an avid researcher on church history, especially Christmas carols.   What keeps us Methodist? How do we relate to God in light of the Gospel promise of salvation?   These...
Dying Faithfully: Issues at life’s end

Dying Faithfully: Issues at life’s end

Dec 2015     Speaking at the conference were: Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon (centre, in white), Friar David Garcia (fourth from right), Dr Cynthia Goh (third from right) and Ms Sumytra Menon (second from right). During my younger days, the thought of dying and death instilled fear in me. But as I grew...
Memento mori… or #YOLO?

Memento mori… or #YOLO?

Dec 2015     “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 In ancient Rome, exceptional generals would receive a victory honour for their military achievements. The general would wear royal purple and gold, and ride in a four-horse chariot in a parade through the city....
Of snakes and doves in the marketplace

Of snakes and doves in the marketplace

Dec 2015     Share faith responsibly. Avoid hypocrisy. Deal with betrayal. Balance shrewdness and innocence. Handle both financial rewards and losses. Give generously. Manage work-life balance. These seven principles were shared by Dr Rick Goossen in a public lecture on practical Christian ethics for marketplace challenges held at the Biblical Graduate School of...
WSCS Family Day: Fun, food and freedom in Christ

WSCS Family Day: Fun, food and freedom in Christ

Nov 2015     “They told me they have hope that Jesus can change them, because they see the change in me!” – Kelvin Soh   The day dawned bright and sunny on 12 Sept 2015 at the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service’s first-ever Family Day carnival, bringing families together for fun...
Judicial Council clarifies frequency of pastors’ sabbaticals

Judicial Council clarifies frequency of pastors’ sabbaticals

Nov 2015     The Judicial Council of The Methodist Church in Singapore has made a declaratory decision on a petition submitted to it by Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC), seeking clarification on whether pastors may be granted sabbatical leave more than once within any seven-year period so long as the total leave granted does...
Book launch: Methodists in Singapore during the war years

Book launch: Methodists in Singapore during the war years

Nov 2015     Days of Darkness, Days of Light, a book about the experiences of Methodists in Singapore during the Japanese Occupation, was launched by the Council on Archives and History (CAH) at Sophia Blackmore Hall, Methodist Centre on 12 Sept 2015.   The book fills a gap in church records during the...
MMS launches Rev Dr Clarence Lim Missionary Development Fund

MMS launches Rev Dr Clarence Lim Missionary Development Fund

Oct 2015     Methodist Missions Society (MMS) launched the Rev Dr Clarence Lim Missionary Development Fund during its biennial fundraising “My Father’s Business” Banquet held on 23 Aug 2015 at The Fullerton Hotel. The fund was started with $100,000 from a donor, who has requested anonymity. He felt driven to recognise and honour...
Insights from historic survey of children and youth ministries

Insights from historic survey of children and youth ministries

Oct 2015     From left: Dr Calvin Chong, Ms Gwen De Rozario, Dr Cheah Fung Fong, Mr Rodel Lacson, the Rev Jeremy West (OneHope Regional Director, Asia-Pacific) and Mr Terry Williams. “If we hear their hearts… we can answer their cries!” said Mr Rodel Lacson, Regional Operations Coordinator for the Asia-Pacific region with...
MCI celebrates ‘Enlarging God’s Tent’ through new extension

MCI celebrates ‘Enlarging God’s Tent’ through new extension

Oct 2015     Photo courtesy of Methodist Church of the Incarnation. Methodist Church of the Incarnation (MCI) celebrated the Official Opening of its $4.5m Extension Project with a Thanksgiving Service on 19 July 2015. Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health and Member of Parliament for Chua Chu Kang GRC, planted a Terminalia...
KKMC receives award for promoting religious harmony

KKMC receives award for promoting religious harmony

Oct 2015     The Rev Gabriel Liew (right) receiving KMC’s IRCC Ambassador ward from Mr Lawrence Wong, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, at the inaugural IRCC Awards Night 2015. Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (KKMC) was one of three religious organisations that received the inaugural Inter-Racial and Religious Confidence Circles (IRCC) Ambassador Award...
High places

High places

Oct 2015     The geography of the nation of Israel often reflected key spiritual truths. During the time when kings ruled the nation (once united and later divided), one feature is repeatedly noted in the narrative but often missed by readers – the “high places” in Israel. There was one high place in...
4th Asian Methodist Conference 2015: Facilitating Transformation in Asia

4th Asian Methodist Conference 2015: Facilitating Transformation in Asia

Sep 2015     In a statement released at the end of the fourth Asian Methodist Conference (AMC), 95 delegates from 11 Asian countries noted the concerns faced by countries and churches in Asia arising from both religious and secular challenges, made worse in some places by authoritarian regimes, growing fundamentalism and consumerism.  ...
Outreach at Teck Whye: Fruitful collaboration between two churches

Outreach at Teck Whye: Fruitful collaboration between two churches

Sep 2015     In addition to profiling local churches from our three Annual Conferences of The Methodist Church in Singapore, we also begin profiling ministries. As we come to have a better understanding of each other’s history and ministry, we may discover more opportunities to forge cross-church partnerships and collaborations.     Tamil...
New Book: Methodists recount God’s grace during the Japanese Occupation

New Book: Methodists recount God’s grace during the Japanese Occupation

Sep 2015     Days of Darkness, Days of Light is finally published by The Methodist Church in Singapore, after we announced last month that it was coming up. It will be launched on Saturday, 12 Sept 2015 – the 70th Anniversary of the official surrender of the Japanese forces in Singapore in 1945....
Developing Christ-like Leaders for the Great Commission

Developing Christ-like Leaders for the Great Commission

Aug 2015     A fun shot from a class taking the Theology 2 course at EAST. East Asia School of Theology (EAST) began with the purpose of developing Christ-like servant leaders for East Asia and the world. EAST is non-denominational and was established by Campus Crusade for Christ in 1992. Over the years,...
You and Me Forever: Marriage in light of eternity by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan

You and Me Forever: Marriage in light of eternity by Francis Chan and Lisa Chan

Aug 2015     “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 This is more than a book on marriage; it is a book for everyone....
Practical gleanings from MSM Worship Symposium 2015

Practical gleanings from MSM Worship Symposium 2015

Aug 2015     The Rev Dr Niam Kai Huey closing in prayer at one of the worship sessions. When exhorted to “Remember Who You Are”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? In other words, what forms the core of your identity? The Methodist School of Music (MSM) Worship Symposium,...
A glimpse into the life and writings of C. S. Lewis

A glimpse into the life and writings of C. S. Lewis

Aug 2015     Prof Bruce Hindmarsh (right) answering questions from the audience after his opening lecture. - Photo courtesy of BGST Like many other Christians, I had heard of C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), the atheist-turned-Christian author of such well-known books as the Chronicles of Narnia series, Mere Christianity, and Screwtape Letters. However, it...
In-Deep Worship:  Gathering worship servants for worship

In-Deep Worship: Gathering worship servants for worship

Aug 2015     ‘In-Deep Worship’ is a musical worship event that seeks to gather those who serve in our local churches’ worship ministries for the purpose of networking and so as to experience an evening of combined worship, alongside their counterparts from other churches in Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC). In-Deep Worship has been...
Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church turns 88

Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church turns 88

Aug 2015     Bishop Dr Wee presenting a token of appreciation to the Rev J. Daniel, a pioneer of PPTMC. Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church celebrated its 88th anniversary on 14 June 2015, honouring their local church pioneers who had served during the 1927-1975 period. The Pioneer Award was given in conjunction with...
Broad places

Broad places

Aug 2015     As the psalmist declares, God gives us freedom to run in His paths promising to “enlarge my heart” and to walk in freedom “in a wide place” We all feel anxiety at some time or other. The word anxiety comes from the Latin word anxietas, which itself comes from the...
The story behind the boarding house

The story behind the boarding house

Jul 2015     Guest-of-honour Mr Lui Chong Chee arriving at Oldham Hall's Thanks Giving Dinner in 2014. Imagine, at a young age, leaving your friends, family and country – all that is familiar to you – to go to a foreign land to study. What could help you stave off loneliness and homesickness...
Book Review: What Pastors Want Christians to Understand: The Singapore Jubilee Edition

Book Review: What Pastors Want Christians to Understand: The Singapore Jubilee Edition

Jul 2015     What Pastors Want Christians to Understand: The Singapore Jubilee Edition Advisor: The Rev Dr Wee Boon Hup, Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore Published by Genesis Books, an imprint of Armour Publishing, 216 pages Get a special 15% discount when you order from Armour Publishing’s online store at www.armourpublishing.com...
SFMS students cultivate a spirit of serving and sharing

SFMS students cultivate a spirit of serving and sharing

Jul 2015     Martin Luther King Jr. once said: “Intelligence plus character, this is the goal of true education.” St. Francis Methodist School (SFMS) believes firmly in character education, evidenced in big bold letters at the entrance to the school: “Guide a child in the way he should go, and when he is...
Earthquake in Nepal: Relief efforts by MMS

Earthquake in Nepal: Relief efforts by MMS

Jun 2015     “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35   The date 25 April 2015 will be etched into the minds of all Nepali. That fateful day, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck the central region of Nepal, just 80 km north-west of...
My journey and the miracle of regrowth

My journey and the miracle of regrowth

Jun 2015     TESTIMONY   The journey and surrender When I first discovered that I was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis through a routine urine medical check, I was in utter shock and disbelief that my condition was in the final stage. I had not experienced any early warning signs or symptoms. Lying in...
Children, community, and church: The Methodist pre-school ministry

Children, community, and church: The Methodist pre-school ministry

May 2015     Staff from Faith Kindergarten with their SPARK re-certification award received in July 2014. “All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.” Isaiah 54:13 “I would like to thank all the teachers who have taught Gerald* during the past 1.5 years in Methodist Church...
Seeking the Welfare of Our City

Seeking the Welfare of Our City

May 2015     Lecture 1 The Singapore Perspective and Experience Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon “Whether the church is just a token presence or a transforming influence in society depends on its understanding of God’s character and His purposes. The term social holiness, emphasised by the Wesleys and the early Methodists, is deeply rooted...
Seeking the Welfare of Our City

Seeking the Welfare of Our City

May 2015     Faith Methodist Church and Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church, 400 Commonwealth Drive Mandarin translation provided, Tamil translation available via headsets Thursday 21 May, 7.45-9.45 pm Lecture 1 Seeking the Welfare of Our City: The Singapore Perspective and Experience (with Q&A) Speaker: Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon Who served as Bishop of...
Stepping Out in Service’ at the MethodistWalk 2015

Stepping Out in Service’ at the MethodistWalk 2015

May 2015     A different tone than usual was struck at the MethodistWalk 2015 on 28 March 2015, organised every two years by the Methodist Schools’ Foundation (MSF) to raise funds for Methodist schools and their students. This year, the walk came just five days after the passing of Mr Lee Kuan Yew,...
OMF@150 years:  God’s Faithfulness – our heritage and responsibility!

OMF@150 years: God’s Faithfulness – our heritage and responsibility!

Apr 2015     I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”   John 10:16, NIV Many people know of the famous missionary to China, James Hudson Taylor. What was...
What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection?

What is the significance of Jesus’ resurrection?

Apr 2015     “… if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is [our] faith… And if Christ has not been raised, [our] faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we...
Heavenly places

Heavenly places

Apr 2015     Picture by rolffimages/Bigstock.com Conflict gripped Sri Lanka in 1988, with two terrorist groups dominating different regions in the country. I was in Colombo to preach when a curfew was imposed, but my hosts managed to get a curfew pass to Kandy. While driving, we noticed that the roads were deserted...
ETAC thanks God, pioneers

ETAC thanks God, pioneers

Mar 2015     On 31 Jan 2015, Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) held our Annual Thanksgiving Service in the sanctuary of Tamil Methodist Church in Short Street, the second-oldest Methodist church in Singapore. Great has been God’s favour ever since Tamil Methodism took root in Singapore in 1886, and continued with the formation of ETAC...
‘Found’ – An original musical by Trackers 2015

‘Found’ – An original musical by Trackers 2015

Mar 2015     “Hide and seek, lost and found… games not only played by children but by all of us in our everyday lives. We run and hide from our deepest, darkest secrets and sin; we struggle, fight, resist, only to find ourselves starting all over again as if trapped in a time loop. “Is there...
The Rev Samuel M. Thevathasan He lived by the Truth

The Rev Samuel M. Thevathasan He lived by the Truth

Feb 2015     We continue our series of paired articles on early Methodist preachers from the UK and Singapore, aiming to trace the movement of the Holy Spirit in grassroots evangelistic preaching, reminding us of the evangelistic fervour of Methodism worldwide, and demonstrating the fruitfulness of the Gospel when preached with spiritual power...
Thin places

Thin places

Feb 2015     There are other places with similar spiritual significance. The ancient Celtic Christians called such places “thin places”. Some places are rich with spiritual memory and meaning, and they seem to be conducive for reflection and prayer. For instance, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (marking sites where the...

New Bible translation now available

Dec 2014     “To Bible readers who value biblical truth, the MEV literally translates God’s Word in a way that preserves the message but remains readable for today’s world.” The Modern English Version (MEV) Bible, said to be the first update of the New King James Version (NKJV) Bible after 32 years, was...
Explore Trinity Theological  College

Explore Trinity Theological College

Dec 2014     Have you ever wondered how you might deepen your understanding of the Christian tradition and develop a spiritually mature and vibrant faith? One way is through a theological education that is grounded in sound and solid Christian scholarship which can help equip you to serve God in church and society....

Pastors can now serve beyond 65

Dec 2014     Retired pastors are now able to be re-engaged to serve the church, after changes to The Book of Discipline – also known as the rule book of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) – were approved recently. This happened during the recent Special Session of the General Conference (GC) on...
Minister in Word and Healing – together’

Minister in Word and Healing – together’

Dec 2014     The Most Rev Archbishop William Goh preparing for the service. "It’s clear that in the ministry of Jesus, words and deeds must go together. The proclamation of the Gospel must be accompanied by the ministry of Healing.” The Most Rev Archbishop William Goh of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore...
Pentecost MC builds school for Dalit children

Pentecost MC builds school for Dalit children

Nov 2014     “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1 The Dalit people in...
Good News for the world

Good News for the world

Nov 2014     During my visit to Singapore earlier this year to take part in Aldersgate SG, it once again struck me how radically our worldview has changed. A journey that used to take months by land and sea was accomplished in hours by air. We have also seen Planet Earth photographed from...
Reaching out the hand of fellowship

Reaching out the hand of fellowship

Oct 2014     The Rev Gabriel Liew (standing, centre) enjoying the hospitality of Mr Jaafar Mah, (standing, right) and Mrs Mah (seated, centre). They were joined by others from Kampong Kapor Methodist Church: Mr Poh Zhi Hui (standing, left), Ms Irene Lim (seated, left) and Ms Sophie Liew (seated, right). Personally I am...
Peace and justice – possible in our lifetime?

Peace and justice – possible in our lifetime?

Oct 2014     “I write to you this month (Aug 2014) in the midst of trying times – the downing of the Malaysian Airlines flight over the Ukraine, continuing conflict in Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Nigeria, and the latest clash between Israel and Palestine. Over the last few weeks we have witnessed the...
Father’s love

Father’s love

Oct 2014     How has your understanding of God deepened since you became a father? When my wife Kanae was pregnant with Kiyoshi and I felt him kick, I loved him. I loved him even before I saw him. I had tears in my eyes, saying to my wife, “Baby, I love him.”...
Journey of Sisterhood

Journey of Sisterhood

Oct 2014     Members of the GC WSCS Executive Committee conducted a Financial Stewardship & Governance Seminar in April this year. They are: (L-R) Mrs Choo Lai Eng, Treasurer; Ms Flora Chew, Treasurer; Mrs Irene Tan, Finance Chairperson; Mrs Gracie Chan, Governance Chairperson; and Mrs Dolly Chia, Constitution Review Chairperson The newly-formed WSCS...
How will God set things right?

How will God set things right?

Oct 2014     “We are here today,” declared Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup, “because of men and women in Singapore, in the past, whose prayers God had answered.” The Methodist Bishop was speaking in his role as President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) at the 10th National Day Thanksgiving...
National Awards 2014

National Awards 2014

Oct 2014     CHURCHES ALDERSGATE METHODIST CHURCH Mdm Woo Mei Yin The Long Service Medal ANG MO KIO METHODIST CHURCH ME6 Tan Teck Ling Thomas The Commendation Medal (Military) & The Long Service Medal (Military) LTC (NS) Koo Thim Peng Ivan, PBS The Commendation Medal (Military) BARKER ROAD METHODIST CHURCH  Mrs Mildred Tan The...
“At 15, she knew she wanted to be a teacher.”

“At 15, she knew she wanted to be a teacher.”

Sep 2014     Chong Yun Xin, Sarah Chin and Ng Wan Jee are students from the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Editorial Board. They interviewed Ms Hoe Mei Hwee, a recipient of the 17th Inspiring Chinese Language Teachers Awards, to find out what drives her passion to infuse spirit and zeal into teaching the Chinese language,...
Serving God in humility – from Australia to Singapore

Serving God in humility – from Australia to Singapore

Sep 2014     Tokens of humble service: Hand-stitched pew cushions in the Port Arthur chapel (left) and cross-stitched tissue packet covers by the women of the Methodist Church of the Incarnation (right). What a privilege to be a child of God, and to be involved in this wonderful ministry. Indeed I have learned...
Attempt great things for God

Attempt great things for God

Sep 2014     Most people have different kinds of ambition, and usually these have to do with the self – “my comfort, my wealth, my status, my power”. “Attempt great things for God.” William Carey’s rallying cry has motivated many Christians who had given themselves in God’s mission. However, it works well only...
Just Waiting

Just Waiting

Sep 2014     During the season when God places foster children with us, we can also deposit into them His love and healing. If every church in Singapore fosters just one child, we can provide foster homes for most of the vulnerable children who can benefit from a family environment. Yet, according to the...
Expect great things from God

Expect great things from God

Aug 2014     “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.” William Carey’s inspiring words have been used by generations of Christians to spur one another to action. And rightly so, for there is much truth in Carey’s words. But the words, if used unthinkingly as a superficial slogan, may lead...
Children in ministry

Children in ministry

Aug 2014     Cambodian children responding to a mission team from Bedok Methodist Church this year that also consisted of children. “Seeing children equipped, discipled and released to serve God has been such an exciting journey for me. It’s an honour to be part of what God is doing in and through the...
PDPA … in a nutshell

PDPA … in a nutshell

Jul 2014     The Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (PDPA) will come into effect on July 2, 2014 and is enforced and administered by the Personal Data Protection Commission. What is the PDPA all about? It’s a data protection law that sets the rules for governing the collection, use, disclosure and care of...
Stuck in transition  – From start to finish

Stuck in transition – From start to finish

Jul 2014     In one of the most unusual contests of all time, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic won the day. And, of course, there were fish for the taking: “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost ...” (Numbers 11:5) Surely, Moses had to admit defeat –...
On TRAC Together with a New Look

On TRAC Together with a New Look

Jul 2014     Soon after Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) President the Rev Dr Gordon Wong was elected to office in November 2012, he rolled out a rally call to all 21 TRAC churches to be “On TRAC Together in Word, Worship, Welcome, Witness and Wonder”. Now this “rally call” is embodied in a...
Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church Dedication: ‘The building of the church continues’

Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church Dedication: ‘The building of the church continues’

Jun 2014     Constituted 1978. Land purchased 1979. Church built 1981. Church redeveloped 2012. And on March 29, 2014, representatives from the three local conferences in Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church (AMKMC) – the only tri-Conference Methodist church in Singapore under one roof – declared: “By God’s grace, this Building Redevelopment has been...
One Body in death and new life

One Body in death and new life

Apr 2014     The sign of the cross on the forehead is a reminder of baptism where we are marked as Christ’s. A rough wooden cross stood before the congregation. Members lined up quietly, stepping forward to pairs of ministers on either side of the cross, who dipped their thumbs in a mixture...
In But Not Of (IBNO) 2014 Conference: Discipleship in a ‘topsy turvy’ world

In But Not Of (IBNO) 2014 Conference: Discipleship in a ‘topsy turvy’ world

Apr 2014     In a world where good is called “evil” and evil is called “good” (Isaiah 5:20), we need a group of disciples who will turn the world upside down (Acts 17:6) As a student, I always had burning questions about human life and the postmodernist philosophy and culture, which often seem...
TRD: Methodism in his DNA

TRD: Methodism in his DNA

Mar 2014     Bishop Emeritus Dr T. R. Doraisamy in his role as Archivist at the Archives Resource Centre when it was housed in Mount Sophia Long before Theodore Royapan Doraisamy, or TRD as he was fondly known, was appointed Bishop of The Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore, it was impressed upon him...
More than two million lives transformed around the world

More than two million lives transformed around the world

Mar 2014     “Commit myself to 34 weeks of Bible study? No way. You must be joking! I’m too busy and I don’t have the time.” Tell someone about the DISCIPLE Bible Study programme, and often that’s the response we get. Yet, hundreds in Singapore sign up every year, and thousands across the region....
Letter from Wilmore

Letter from Wilmore

Feb 2014     It was like “the Wesleyan Institution” for all Methodists. Reading about the rich heritage of the seminary and the many testimonies of my friends, along with encouragement from Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon, I was convinced to apply to Asbury. “Greetings from Wilmore! Thanks for the opportunity to reflect on...
Discipline revised

Discipline revised

Feb 2014     The latest 2013 Revised Edition of The Book of Discipline of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) is now available at $20 a copy from the Administration Office of the MCS at Methodist Centre, 70 Barker Road, Level 6, Tel: 6478-4786. It incorporates all the amendments made by the General...
CNY: A Christian perspective  Adapted from an article in the Chinese Annual Conference News, first published in January 2006.

CNY: A Christian perspective Adapted from an article in the Chinese Annual Conference News, first published in January 2006.

Feb 2014     Chinese New Year (CNY) is an important festival in the Chinese calendar – the beginning of the lunar year symbolises the act of “starting over”, with renewed hopes for happiness and prosperity. It is also a time to renew ties with family and friends, through family reunion dinners and social...
Some reservations about  inter-faith dialogue

Some reservations about inter-faith dialogue

Feb 2014     “Religious harmony is not about harmonising religions and beliefs, but about finding harmony between people of diverse religious faiths.” In these days of increased religiosity, the need for inter-faith dialogue has become more pressing. Yet, for the church, this need has never been an easy thing to acknowledge. The reason...
Bird Theology

Bird Theology

Jan 2014     Afew of my classmates in seminary were Indonesian pastors. In one of our informal theological discussions, some of them shared with me that in Indonesia they spoke of teologi kucing (cat theology) and teologi monyet (monkey theology). They explained that the mother cat picks up its kitten with its mouth...

Evangelistic soccer tournament by Tamil churches

Oct 2013     The Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) Board on Evangelism organised anevangelistic five-a-side soccer tournament at the Singapore Indian Association on Aug 24. The Rev R. Prabhu, President of ETAC, greeting players at the tournament. The eventsaw participation by 10 teams from ETAC churches and various other churches with Tamil congregations...
One People Meet in London

One People Meet in London

Oct 2013     About 300 people representing more than 100 countries gathered at the historic Wesley’s Chapel at City Road, London for the World Methodist Council Meeting from September 10-13. Bishop Ivan Abrahams, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council, shared that “… the goal for this meeting is not only to reconvene...

‘Worship Wars’: which style is best?

Sep 2013     Which worship style is best? Contemporary, or traditional? This divide in worship style only came about 30 years ago, when a wave of new songs for musical worship were written in a style popular in the 1970s. Gradually the word “contemporary” was used as a prescriptive term to promote this...
One Love, Life, Legacy

One Love, Life, Legacy

Sep 2013     Thecolourful ranks of students and teachers gathered on the field for our Founder’s Day Service. Many have shared that they “found God in Chapel”. Even parents speak of the Christian culture they witness in the school as teachers see value in every pupil. For many families, Fairfield Methodist School has...
The tongue… so tiny and deadly

The tongue… so tiny and deadly

Sep 2013     Has your tongue ever got you into trouble? Mine has – countless times. It has uttered things I later regretted. And hurt people closest to me, particularly my wife. Thank God, my tongue has also served me well – to teach, win friends, get on in life, and share the...
Youth advocates lead 30-hour fast for the poor

Youth advocates lead 30-hour fast for the poor

Aug 2013     Students at the 30 Hour Famine Camp participating in a simulation exercise where they took on the roles of countries and traded resources for their country’s survival. IMAGINE FASTING FROM 6 pm tonight until 12 midnight tomorrow – that’s 30 straight hours, and that’s how long about 1,000 youths, aged...
St. John’s needs new home

St. John’s needs new home

Aug 2013     The new lease will require the home’s 15 single-storey buildings to be replaced by a multi-storey building to optimise land use. COME 2016, the St. John’s Home For Elderly Persons will take its mission of sheltering and caring for the elderly to new heights – literally. The home will be...
Reaching out to Mandarin-speaking nursing students

Reaching out to Mandarin-speaking nursing students

Aug 2013     Holy Covenant Methodist Church (Chinese Annual Conference) Fairfield Methodist Secondary School Auditorium, 102 Dover Road Sunday services: 9 am (English), 11 am (Mandarin), 2 pm (Hokkien) Contact: 6270-7804 or email hcmc.sg@gmail.com AT 15, you could say that we are a relatively “young” church. Yet we have been on the move...

‘Valkömmen Equmeniakyrkan!’

Aug 2013     Possibly the first Swedish delegation to visit the Methodist Centre, Equmeniakyrkan members are pictured here with representatives of the Methodist Church in Singapore. Mr Johan Arenius is standing, seventh from the left, and his wife Josefine is wearing a polka-dotted dress. – Picture by Christina Stanley. MRS JOSEFINE ARENIUS, a...
Agape MC: a ‘shelter’ for seekers in Jurong

Agape MC: a ‘shelter’ for seekers in Jurong

Jul 2013     Agape Methodist Church (Trinity Annual Conference) The Agape, 21 Yung Ho Road Sunday Services: 8:30 AM (English), 10:00 AM (English and Mandarin) Contact: 6265-3211 or enquiry@agapemc.org.sg A BOMB SHELTER is not a place where you would normally find a church. Yet that was where Agape Methodist Church (AMC) met when...
My Grandson

My Grandson

Jul 2013     The four generations of the Rev Dr Kang Ho Soon’s family. The Rev Dr Kang is on the extreme right. His grandson Joel is pictured near the top, in a red t-shirt with blue hemming. – Picture by the Rev Dr Kang Ho Soon. IN LUKE 11:9-10, Jesus says: “So...
God’s ‘little flock’ sets up WSCS at Holland Village MC

God’s ‘little flock’ sets up WSCS at Holland Village MC

Jul 2013     The newly-formed executive committee of the HVMC WSCS. Front row, from left: Mrs Angelene Tay, Mrs Eunice Yeo, and Mrs Hazel Vicente. Back row, from left: Mrs Chew Hui Peng, Mrs Peggy Lee, Mrs Koh Ai Jin, and Mrs Ang Siew Kim. – Holland Village Methodist Church picture. OUR CHURCH...
Bishop: Lay servants crucial to  Church ministry

Bishop: Lay servants crucial to Church ministry

Jun 2013     Chatting convivially are (from left to right): Mr Han Hai Kwang, Vice-President of the Chinese Annual Conference; the Rev Philip Abraham, District Superintendent of the Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference; and the Rev Dr Fong Mow Hee, Associate Pastor of Ang Mo Kio Chinese Methodist Church. “AN ACTIVE LAY PERSON in...
TMC’s mainstay: Evangelism and social concerns

TMC’s mainstay: Evangelism and social concerns

Jun 2013     THE WELL-BEING OF THE TAMIL-SPEAKING community in Singapore was the core focus of the Tamil Methodist Church (TMC) from the very beginning, beyond worship and sharing God’s word. This was the Rev William F. Oldham’s very intention, when he partnered two Tamil church workers to set up TMC to evangelise...
From an ‘underground’ seed to a tree of outreach

From an ‘underground’ seed to a tree of outreach

May 2013     ONE COULD SAY THAT it was God’s hand which sowed the seeds of ministry that would later become Sengkang Methodist Church (SKMC). How else can we explain why He gave the same vision to three Methodist churches to begin ministries in the emerging housing estate of Sengkang in the 1990s?...
Cross the road to be better neighbours

Cross the road to be better neighbours

May 2013     “We become neighbours when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is so much separation and segregation: between black people and white people… between Muslims and Christians, Protestants and Catholics… There is a lot of road-crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own...

Parents: What do you really want?

Apr 2013     This month’s “Page From The Past” features extracts from the Twenty-first Homily on the Epistle to the Ephesians: On Marriage and Family written by John Chrysostom, Patriarch (Archbishop) of Constantinople from 398-404 AD. Despite having been written more than 1,500 years ago, John Chrysostom’s words on parenting are strikingly relevant...
31, 102 verses 3,000 Methodists. One Spirit

31, 102 verses 3,000 Methodists. One Spirit

Apr 2013     MEMBERS OF WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (WMC) took up the pen in unison in 2012 when they came together to write out – by hand – every single word and verse of the Holy Scripture in the church’ s first-ever Biblethon project. The entire handwritten tome, hand-bound in three volumes, each...
World Methodist Council congratulates new Pope

World Methodist Council congratulates new Pope

Apr 2013     In honour of Pope Francis’ inauguration in Rome, the World Methodist Council sent the Vatican a congratulatory letter upon hearing the news of the Pope’s election.   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 15th March 2013 H.E. Cardinal Kurt Koch President Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Vatican City   Your Eminence,...

Taking the Cross outside

Apr 2013     In this issue, we feature a bishop’s commentary on a German church’s practice of using a “portable” cross. How might this apply to the mission field context where it is not always possible to worship in a church building?   IN THE SANCTUARY OF the United Methodist Church in Bremerhaven,...

Methodists called together by God’s grace: Aldersgate Hymn Festival 2013

Mar 2013    

ALL METHODISTS ARE INVITED to gather and celebrate God’s grace in the annual Aldersgate Hymn Festival at Paya Lebar Methodist Church on May 26, 2013 (Sunday). The theme for this year’s festival is “Called Together By His Grace”.   The festival will illustrate the teaching of Charles Wesley on grace,…

Foochow MC blesses 4,000 in Christmas outreach

Foochow MC blesses 4,000 in Christmas outreach

Feb 2013     Tamil Ministry members from Foochow Methodist Church reenacting the Christmas story. – Foochow Methodist Church picture. Mr Sivakumar (left) being interviewed spontaneously by the emcee, Mr Saravanan Ayyavoo. – Foochow Methodist Church picture. By Raja Thomas   FOOCHOW METHODIST CHURCH (FMC) members held an outreach event for migrant workers at...
Methodist Co-op Chairman receives commendation award

Methodist Co-op Chairman receives commendation award

Feb 2013    

MR JOHN CHEONG, Chairman of the Methodist Co-operative Society Ltd (MCSL), has been conferred a Special Commendation Medal by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), in recognition of the body of work and his contribution towards the co-operative movement.   The award was presented by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister…

Book applies prayer to world problems

Book applies prayer to world problems

Feb 2013     MANILA– With the deadline moving closer for the international community to achieve significant goals to relieve human suffering, the Rev Liberato Bautista decided he had to take action. “When I was looking at the Millennium Development Goals, I said, ‘These goals are not going to be implemented. We have to...
ACS staff start new year with worship

ACS staff start new year with worship

Feb 2013     STAFFFROMTHESIx ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS (ACS)gathered at Barker Road Methodist Church (BRMC) on Jan 6, 2013, for our annual ACS Staff Dedication Service. The service is held to remind the staff that it is a great privilege to be leading and educating the students of our schools, and to start this new...
BB gets new President

BB gets new President

Jan 2013     Mr Tan Kok Heng (left), the previous Brigade President, hands over the Brigade Colours to Dr Ho Yew Kee, the new Brigade President, as a symbol of the passing on of leadership. Witnessing the handover is the Honorary President, Lt-Gen (Ret) Winston Choo Wee Leong. – The Boys’ Brigade Singapore...
CAC planning to meet future challenges

CAC planning to meet future challenges

Jan 2013     NEW APPROACH TO EVANGELISM “Enthusiastically persuading people to hear the Gospel and to accept Jesus as their Saviour is not as effective today; more emphasis is now being placed on sharing and respecting each other’s feelings.’’   TO MEET FUTURE CHALLENGES HEAD-ON, the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) needs to have...
Ordination made possible because Jesus paid the price: Bishop

Ordination made possible because Jesus paid the price: Bishop

Jan 2013     Bishop Dr Robert Solomon examining the five Elders-elect, who were later ordained. They are (from left): the Rev Boey Kok Yeow, the Rev Christopher Louis Kong Chung Dai, the Rev Peter Pan Seng Tai, the Rev Seet Keng Tat, and the Rev Andy Goh Yik Wah. – Picture by Phillip...

Bishop: Respond to God with consecration

Jan 2013    

THERE ARE CERTAIN IMPLICATIONS and responses called for from Christians after recognising the great God whom we serve, said Bishop Dr Robert Solomon in his sermon at the Closing Service of the 37th Session of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC), held at Tamil Methodist Church (Short Street) on Nov 10,…

ETAC churches seizing new opportunities for ministry

ETAC churches seizing new opportunities for ministry

Jan 2013     EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE (ETAC) churches are making good progress in reaching out to the community and seizing new opportunities for ministry even as the conference is grappling with the issue of widening its pool of leadership.   These points were highlighted by the Rev James Nagulan, President of ETAC,...
Ang Mo Kio churches consecrate building and hearts

Ang Mo Kio churches consecrate building and hearts

Jan 2013     By Grace Toh   “IT IS NOT JUST a brick-andmortar building we are consecrating, but hearts of flesh,” declared Bishop Dr Robert Solomon in his sermon at the Consecration Service of 1 Ang Mo Kio Street 21 on Nov 17, 2012.   The venue, which houses Ang Mo Kio Chinese...
New Bishop: Methodists must live out challenge of holiness

New Bishop: Methodists must live out challenge of holiness

Jan 2013     BISHOP DR WEE BOON HUP, the new bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), anticipates his immediate priority to be the role of leading the MCS to take on the challenge of holiness: “To live out what we know the Scripture teaches, in the context of today.”   The...

Building a young adult network

Jan 2013    

YOUNG ADULTS can look forward to a series of events aimed at bringing together young adults from all the Methodist churches to build relationships and grow in their faith.   Beginning in the third week of January this year, quarterly informal “Kopi Sessions” will be held where young adult leaders…

‘I had a heart attack – and God saved me’

‘I had a heart attack – and God saved me’

Dec 2012     Early this year, Dr Loh Ban Chye, a 63-year-old general practitioner who is a member of Covenant Community Methodist Church, survived a heart attack and recovered from a highly fatal disease of the aorta – the body’s biggest blood vessel – all within one month. In a testimony he shares...
Rev Prabhu elected ETAC President, Rev Dr Chong re-elected CAC head

Rev Prabhu elected ETAC President, Rev Dr Chong re-elected CAC head

Dec 2012     37TH SESSIONS OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOVEMBER 2012 Five CAC Elders ordained EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE (ETAC) has a new President, while the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) has re-elected its incumbent President for the next quadrennium at their respective 37th Sessions. ETAC’s new President is...
Conferences give tributes to Bishop Dr Solomon

Conferences give tributes to Bishop Dr Solomon

Dec 2012     37TH SESSIONS OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOVEMBER 2012   ETAC holds appreciation dinner AS BISHOP DR ROBERT SOLOMON retires as Bishop of e Methodist Church in Singapore this month, the Chinese Annual Conference and Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference gave tributes to him during their...
The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper

Nov 2012     Concluding the nine-part series on Worship THE BASIC FLOW OF SUNDAY WORSHIP is for Christians to gather in God’s presence, listen to His Word, share a meal in memory of Jesus, and then depart into the world to serve others in Christ’s name. This liturgical “flow” or shape contains the...
Impact of Wesleyan brothers continues to reverberate

Impact of Wesleyan brothers continues to reverberate

Nov 2012     Concluding our three-part series on ‘Pilgrimages to our spiritual and historical roots’ “OUR WESLEYAN HERITAGE” PILGRIMAGE in March 2012 concluded the seven pilgrimages led by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon over the last seven years from 2005. In this article we take you off the beaten track to share our reflections...
Tamil MC given two challenges

Tamil MC given two challenges

Nov 2012     125TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE Journey with God for peaceRaise pastors THE PEOPLE OF TAMIL METHODIST CHURCH (TMC) were given two challenges at its 125th Anniversary Service on Sept 30, 2012. The message of Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, based on Psalm 125, engaged our minds to see ourselves as pilgrims climbing up...
Baptism ‘is not dispensable’

Baptism ‘is not dispensable’

Oct 2012     BAPTISM IS A WASHING surrounded by prayers and other ritual actions. It initiates a person into both the local Christian fellowship and the world-wide church. Most worship books assume the celebration of baptism at either the Sunday morning service or at another public worship event. Many questions surround baptism, but...
Mementos of our journeys

Mementos of our journeys

Oct 2012     Pilgrimages to our spiritual and historical roots: Part 2 The hundred Singapore Methodists who travelled with Bishop Dr Robert Solomon all returned spiritually refreshed, carrying with them lasting memories of what they had seen and learned. At their reunions from time to time, they would recount these highlights, which were like...
Worship and time

Worship and time

Sep 2012     JESUS OF NAZARETH was a person of a particular time and place, whose saving deeds were accomplished in time. The Christian reckoning of time therefore focuses on the events of Jesus’ life – His birth, baptism, ministry, arrest and trial, death, resurrection and promise to come again. Our calendar is...
Pilgrimages to our spiritual and historical roots

Pilgrimages to our spiritual and historical roots

Sep 2012     MORE THAN A HUNDRED Methodists in Singapore have gone on pilgrimages to the Holy Land and countries steeped in early Church history over the last seven years from 2005 to early this year. Many have been on more than one. The pilgrimages were planned and led by Bishop Dr Robert...
ETAC’s fruitful mission trip to Jaffna: 40 villagers accept Christ

ETAC’s fruitful mission trip to Jaffna: 40 villagers accept Christ

Aug 2012     THE EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE (ETAC) Board on Missions organised its first youth mission trip to Jaffna, Sri Lanka, this year. A team of 12 youths and five adults embarked on the trip, which began on March 17 and spanned 10 days. Having undergone intensive training in the weeks leading...
Worship and music

Worship and music

Aug 2012     FOUR PRINCIPLES Four principles to guide churches towards a music ministry that glorifies God: § Music supports the Word of God and the sacraments § Music in Christian worship is primarily vocal § Music is for the whole assembly § Music derives from the local culture IN RECENT TIMES, Christians...
Egypt kidnap drama, pilgrim’s fall strengthen group’s faith and ties

Egypt kidnap drama, pilgrim’s fall strengthen group’s faith and ties

Aug 2012     TWO UNEXPECTED EVENTS which occurred during a recent two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land have strengthened the faith of 22 members of Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church and bonded them even closer. Mdm Koh Yock Kim, a member of the group, said: “We believe strongly that God would only allow things...

Church Diary

Jul 2012     Hokkien Gospel Sunday at PLCMC July 29 (Sunday), 10 am Venue: Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church, Level 4 Sanctuary Theme: The Most Blessed Life Speaker: Rev Lim Kok Heng (Anglican Senior Pastor) For information and registration, call 6286-7243 / email plcmc@singnet.com.sg ‘Help, Lord, I’m hard of hearing!’ July 7, 14,...
The need for member care

The need for member care

Jul 2012     MEMBER CARE is the usual work of the church. It may be different in practice among workers in cross-cultural contexts, but it is not vastly different from the care for each other that we are called to provide, as God’s Church. It is tempting to think of some logical reasons...
TTC graduates reminded of daily cross

TTC graduates reminded of daily cross

Jul 2012     BISHOP DR ROBERT SOLOMON addressed the graduating class of Singapore’s oldest seminary, Trinity Theological College, at Paya Lebar Methodist Church on May 12, 2012. The sermon, entitled “ The Cross in Life and Ministry”, was parallel to the theme “Crossroads” which the graduands had chosen for the final phase of...
Worship and culture

Worship and culture

Jul 2012     “Worship cannot just be a somewhat-Christian rock concert-cum-comedy routine – expressions of consumerism and our addiction to entertainment …worship cannot ignore culture, since worship must inevitably rely on the words and customs of culture to express the Gospel (contextualisation).” PREVIOUSLY, WE STATED THAT RITUALS convey religious or cultural meaning. Because every...
Empowering women for missions

Empowering women for missions

Jul 2012     TO ENCOURAGE, EMPOWER AND ENGAGE women for missions, the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service (GC-WSCS) held a Missions Conference at Sophia Blackmore Hall at the Methodist Centre on May 5, 2012. The objective of the conference was based on the theme verse, John 20:21 – “As the Father...
Experiencing God’s presence

Experiencing God’s presence

Jun 2012     in early morning walk at Labrador Nature Reserve “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” – Exodus 33:14. When amid life’s busy thronging, Wearied and lonely you sigh, All the world’s glamouring pleasures Only deceive and enchain True and unperishing treasures ere seek ye ever...
Pioneer Tamil ministry in Bedok

Pioneer Tamil ministry in Bedok

Jun 2012     A NEW TAMIL WORSHIP SERVICE has been started in the eastern part of Singapore to cater to the significant increase of the Indian expatriate population in recent years. It aims to fill an urgent need as there are very few Indian churches in the area. May 6 saw a group...
Ritual and worship

Ritual and worship

Jun 2012     HUMAN LIFE is full of rituals. The national anthem is played on television and radio at 6 am. Students sing the school song at morning assembly. Couples have their ritual goodbye kiss in the morning before departing for work. Protestants have traditionally been wary of rituals that seemed unbiblical or erroneous....
Evolution and Creation?

Evolution and Creation?

Jun 2012     EVOLUTION AND CREATION. This was the title of a talk held at Anglo-Chinese School (International) on May 8, and the speaker, the Rev Dr Professor David Wilkinson, reminded the audience that it was very different from “Evolution OR Creation”, which casts the relationship between them in a different light. The...

Methodist leader Nalla Tan dies

May 2012     DR NALLA TAN (May 12, 1923 – March 27, 2012) DR NALLA TAN, the first Singapore woman to have served in the World Methodist Council (WMC), died of pneumonia on March 27, 2012. She was 88 and left a daughter and two sons. She was a widow; her husband, Dr...

Christian liturgy and today’s youth

May 2012     MANY ADULT CHRISTIANS DREAD being unable to “connect with the youth”. We often think that we have to engage today’s youth at their level, and a plethora of youth services, less “stifling” worship styles, and even specialised “youth pastors” have emerged from this movement. Are the youth attending youth services...
Sembawang Tamil MC member celebrates 100th birthday

Sembawang Tamil MC member celebrates 100th birthday

May 2012     MR K. SAMUEL, a member of Sembawang Tamil Methodist Church, celebrated his 100th birthday on Feb 11, 2012, alongside family and church members. A clip of the event was featured on MediaCorp’s news programme and a Tamil variety show. Mr Samuel has served in ushering, reading the Bible for worship...
The structure of worship

The structure of worship

May 2012     ENCOUNTER WITH THE RISEN LORD JESUS “Christian worship offers an encounter with the risen Lord Jesus. This occurs through the reading of the Scriptures and preaching and through the Lord’s Supper. Accordingly “word” and “meal” form the core of Sunday worship in many churches, and the move from the former to the latter is the basic structure of worship.”...
Aldersgate Convention is here again

Aldersgate Convention is here again

May 2012     CALLING ALL METHODISTS. Aldersgate Convention 2012, to be held at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church 2 (TA 2) from May 24 to 27, is an event you should not miss: It tells you what you wish to know about the Aldersgate experience. You will find out about John Wesley’s heart-warming...
Malaysian church archivists visit MCS

Malaysian church archivists visit MCS

Apr 2012     The Malaysian visitors with their Singaporean hosts at the MCS Archives and History Library. Visit by the Council of Archives and History, The Methodist Church in Malaysia A DELEGATION FROM THE COUNCIL OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY (CAH) of The Methodist Church in Malaysia (MCM) visited the Archives and History Library...
What does worship have to do with theology?

What does worship have to do with theology?

Apr 2012     AS A WORD (LOGOS) about God (Theos), worship expresses the church’s deepest beliefs about God. For example, the doctrine of the Trinity is set forth in many traditional worship texts, e.g. the Gloria Patri (“Glory be to the Father … ”), the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, and the Benediction (“...
Everything you need to know  about the Aldersgate experience

Everything you need to know about the Aldersgate experience

Apr 2012     Aldersgate Convention 2012 at TA 2: May 24-27 THE FULL PROGRAMME: • Thursday, May 24, 7.45 pm: Aldersgate Service • Friday, May 25, 7.45 pm: Rally 1 – Topic: “Scriptural Holiness – The Sanctifying Spirit” • Saturday, May 26, 7.45 pm: Rally 2 – Topic: “Th e World is My Parish –...
Aldersgate MC’s old wooden cross

Aldersgate MC’s old wooden cross

Apr 2012     The wooden cross: A precious possession of Aldersgate Methodist Church. ITEM OF HERITAGE “Aldersgate Methodist Church’s Archives and History Committee would like to find out whether there are other churches still in possession of an “Ong Chaik Ghee” cross so that we can all share this little item of heritage...
What is worship and why do we do it?

What is worship and why do we do it?

Mar 2012     This is the first in a series of articles on worship by the Rev Dr Jeffrey Truscott, Lecturer in Worship and Liturgy at Trinity Theological College. The purpose is to explore the meaning of worship, its theology, structure, practice and several related issues. The goal is to deepen our understanding...
Reflections on Ephesians text

Reflections on Ephesians text

Mar 2012     Aldersgate Hymn Festival IN KEEPING WITH THE THEME of Aldersgate Convention 2012 – “The Spirit- Filled Life” – the Hymn Festival will focus on chapters 2, 4 and 5 of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Reflections on “ The Giver of Life”, “ The Indwelling of the Spirit” and “...
Choir celebrates 50 years

Choir celebrates 50 years

Feb 2012     IN MAY 1961, the Rev Dr Gunnar Teilmann Jr christened a Wesley Methodist Church (WMC) choir, “Dawnbreakers”, because they would come together each Sunday to sing and break the dawn. Today, 50 years later, they continue to stand, praising and thanking the Almighty God. The Lord has blessed the Dawnbreakers...
Rev Philip Lim is new MMS head

Rev Philip Lim is new MMS head

Feb 2012     THE REV PHILIP LIM KIAN LEONG has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) with effect from January 2012. He succeeded the Rev Lawrence Chua, who had headed the MMS for two years and is now the Area Director, Training. The Rev Lim had served...
Rev Duleep Fernando to address Aldersgate Convention 2012

Rev Duleep Fernando to address Aldersgate Convention 2012

Feb 2012     Venue: TA 2 ALDERSGATE CONVENTION 2012 will be held at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church 2 (TA 2) from Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27. TA 2 is located at 61, Wishart Road, off Telok Blangah Road. There will be the Aldersgate Service, two rallies and a hymn festival....
More challenges ahead for the church: CAC President

More challenges ahead for the church: CAC President

Jan 2012     36TH SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 14-17, 2011 WITH THE ADVANCE OF SCIENCE and technology and modernism, there will be changes to social life and more challenges for the church as Singapore continues to progress rapidly. Making this observation, Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) President Rev Dr Chong Chin...
Bishop dispels two ‘false ideas’

Bishop dispels two ‘false ideas’

Jan 2012     All Annual Conference stories by Peter Teo and Grace Toh 36TH SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 11-12, 2011 Serving in church BISHOP DR ROBERT SOLOMON dealt with two “false ideas” about serving in church at the Opening Service of the 36th Session of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC)...
Aldersgate Convention 2012

Aldersgate Convention 2012

Jan 2012     Speaker: The Rev Duleep Fernando former President of The Methodist Church in Sri Lanka Programme: Thursday, May 24 – Aldersgate Service 7.45–9.45 pm Friday, May 25 – Rally 7.45–9.45 pm Saturday, May 26 – Rally 7.45–9.45 pm Sunday, May 27 – Wesleyan Hymn Festival 7.30–9.30 pm Venue: Telok Ayer Chinese...
Texan shepherd relates to nativity

Texan shepherd relates to nativity

Dec 2011     He does not watch his flocks by night, but he can identify with the frightened shepherds of Luke His work does not quite fit the standard Christmas greeting-card image of shepherds calmly caring for flocks with a shepherd’s crook and staff as their only tools, but Glen Fisher takes special...
MCS shares DISCIPLE material with Presbyterian Church

MCS shares DISCIPLE material with Presbyterian Church

Dec 2011     THE METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE (MCS) and The Presbyterian Church in Singapore (PCS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct 25, 2011 to allow the PCS to translate and use the DISCIPLE Bible Study material distributed by the DISCIPLE Agency of the MCS. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon represented the MCS,...
John Sung’s works in the Spirit

John Sung’s works in the Spirit

Dec 2011     Evangelist’s 110th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service “REMEMBERING THE PAST”, “Passing on the Present” and “Sending Forth”. These were the three segments of the Thanksgiving Service which was held in memory of the 110th birth anniversary of Dr John Sung, the great Church Revival evangelist. Dr Sung was instrumental in the spiritual...
BB 2nd Company celebrates 80 years of service

BB 2nd Company celebrates 80 years of service

Nov 2011     THE 2ND SINGAPORE COMPANY of The Boys’ Brigade (BB) celebrated its 80th Anniversary with a anksgiving Service and a dinner at The Pines on Sept 23, 2011. At the service, the Rev Philip Heng, Pastor of Galilee Bible-Presbyterian Church, who was a BB Boy in the company, challenged the congregation...
A short but memorable mission trip

A short but memorable mission trip

Nov 2011     IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE many of us would remember for a long time. Held from July 23 to 24 this year, the mission trip to Alor Gajah (Malacca) by the team from Sembawang Tamil Methodist Church (STMC) had a very packed itinerary. Although the timing was tight, we were able...
New café and gift shop remind us to share God’s blessings

New café and gift shop remind us to share God’s blessings

Nov 2011     USING FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH, Jesus fed a crowd of more than 5,000 people as recorded in the gospels. Fish & Loaves 2.5, a new café and gift shop on Level 3 of the ACS Sports Centre, aims to continue feeding God’s people in abundance – both materially and...
New Girls’ Brigade company in SCGS

New Girls’ Brigade company in SCGS

Nov 2011     THE 84TH SINGAPORE COMPANY, the newest company of The Girls’ Brigade (GB) Singapore, was formed in January this year, basing itself in Singapore Chinese Girls’ School (SCGS). Barker Road Methodist Church became its sponsoring church without hesitation. After a recruitment drive, 54 girls made history as the 84th Company’s very...
National Day prayer for peace

National Day prayer for peace

Oct 2011     ANNUALLY, CHURCHES IN SINGAPORE come together to celebrate the Republic’s National Day with a National Day anksgiving Service – to give thanks to God for blessings bestowed upon the nation and pray for the nation’s continued prosperity and peace. is year’s service was held on Aug 18, 2011 at the...
Fifteen years of impacting the  Chinatown community

Fifteen years of impacting the Chinatown community

Sep 2011     Yong-en Care Centre’s 15th Anniversary DEDICATION TO COMMUNITY WAS SHOWN when leaders from Fairfield Methodist Church (FMC) set up Yong-en Care Centre (YECC) 15 years ago in response to the needs of elderly residents and children in the surrounding Chinatown area. Over the years, the services have expanded to include...
President’s Award for 4 BB Primers

President’s Award for 4 BB Primers

Sep 2011     FOUR PRIMERS WERE CONFERRED the President’s Award by President S. R. Nathan at the Istana on June 30, 2011. is highest award in e Boys’ Brigade (BB) Singapore has been presented to the top Boys in the Primers Programme (post-Secondary level members) for seven years running. In order to attain...
Discipleship ‘is not accidental’

Discipleship ‘is not accidental’

Sep 2011     DISCIPLE Agency’s 20th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service “TO FOLLOW JESUS IS NOT AN ACCIDENTAL THING,” declared Bishop Dr Robert Solomon at the 20th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of the DISCIPLE Agency in Singapore, held at Toa Payoh Methodist Church on July 14, 2011. It was a particularly festive occasion as one of...
Bedok MC gets new sanctuary

Bedok MC gets new sanctuary

Sep 2011     AS YOU ENTER THE SANCTUARY to worship God, do you notice how its architecture has been planned to draw your focus to the centrality of God and His work? Have you considered the symbolism and placement of the altar table, cross, and linen coverings? What do all these elements signify...
Asian Methodist Council to tackle three top issues

Asian Methodist Council to tackle three top issues

Aug 2011     ■ Greater cooperation in missions ■ Better ways at helping migrant workers ■ Paying more attention to youth HONG KONG – Seeking greater cooperation in missions, looking for better ways to help Asian migrant workers and paying more attention to youth remain the Asian Methodist Council’s (AMC) three top priorities...
‘Go and tell the Gospel in song’

‘Go and tell the Gospel in song’

Jul 2011     Aldersgate Hymn Festival “GO, TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN,” sang attendees of the Aldersgate Hymn Festival on May 21, 2011, although it was nowhere near to Christmas yet. is well-loved hymn was aptly chosen as it tied in with the theme of the Aldersgate Convention – “Go and Tell: Proclaiming...
Bishop leads team to meet top church leaders in China

Bishop leads team to meet top church leaders in China

Jul 2011     SHANGHAI – Bishop Dr Robert Solomon led a five-member delegation to Shanghai and Suzhou recently to meet officials of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) as well as leaders of the China Christian Council/ ree-Self Patriotic Movement (CCC/TSPM) and other Chinese church leaders. The visitors were warmly received by...
MethodistWALK2011 on July 9

MethodistWALK2011 on July 9

Jun 2011     THIS YEAR’S MethodistWALK2011, organised by the Methodist Schools’ Foundation (MSF), will be held on July 9, starting at 7.30 am. The starting point is at Anglo-Chinese Junior College at Dover Close East, and its theme is “Walk Together in the Light”. The event is to help raise funds for all...
All set for the Evangelistic Rally: Bring your friends

All set for the Evangelistic Rally: Bring your friends

May 2011     ALDERSGATE CONVENTION 2011 will be held at Toa Payoh Methodist Church from May 20 to 23, and the key event – a new feature – will be the Evangelistic Rally on Saturday, May 21 starting at 5 pm. The Rev Dr Eddie Fox, World Director of Evangelism of the World...
Earnest Lau was remembered for many things

Earnest Lau was remembered for many things

Apr 2011     EARNEST LAU (March 26, 1929 – March 5, 2011) WHEN THE CONGREGATION sang the opening hymn, “O For a ousand Tongues to Sing”, at the funeral service of Mr Earnest Lau on March 8, it was a special moment because this was the favourite hymn of the well-loved educator and...
First Chinese missionary to Dyaks

First Chinese missionary to Dyaks

Apr 2011     The Rev James Hoover, pioneer missionary to the farming community in Sibu, Sarawak, shares the remarkable story of a Foochow Christian who became the first Chinese missionary to the Dyaks. WE ARE ABOUT TO SEND our first Chinese missionary to the Dyaks. is has been our thought and prayer since...
Speaker to affirm God’s ‘yes’ to the world

Speaker to affirm God’s ‘yes’ to the world

Apr 2011     CHRIST JESUS – GOD’S YES TO THE WORLD”. This is the title of the message for the Evangelistic Rally at the Aldersgate Convention 2011 to be held at Toa Payoh Methodist Church on May 21 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The Rev Dr Eddie Fox (right ), World Director...
Totally focused on the One who loves us’

Totally focused on the One who loves us’

Mar 2011     GC WSCS Thanksgiving Service “Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against...
Aldersgate Hymn Festival: Proclaiming the Gospel in song

Aldersgate Hymn Festival: Proclaiming the Gospel in song

Mar 2011     PLANS ARE UNDERWAY to prepare for the Aldersgate Hymn Festival, an iconic event in our annual celebration of the Aldersgate Convention. In line with the convention’s theme of “Go and Tell: Proclaiming the Gospel Today,” the Methodist School of Music (MSM) has started to plan for the Hymn Festival, to...
How a husband was converted

How a husband was converted

Mar 2011     The evangelist, Rodney Smith (1860-1947), otherwise known as “Gypsy” Smith because of his Gypsy background, was born in a tent, raised on a Gypsy camp, never attended a school – not even for a day! Yet, he influenced the lives of millions of people for God through his powerful preaching....

Methodist Girls’ School wins awards

Feb 2011     METHODIST GIRLS’SCHOOL (MGS) has received several awards from the Ministry of Education (MOE). On Nov 3 last year, the school received the Outstanding PARTNERS Award (2010-2015). The PARTNERS (PARents, Teachers and NEighbourhood Resources in Synergy) Award is presented by COMPASS (COMmunity and Parents in Support of Schools) to acknowledge the...
Heritage Day Main Exhibition  moves to Methodist Centre

Heritage Day Main Exhibition moves to Methodist Centre

Feb 2011     “ … In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:40. THE MAIN EXHIBITION of the Methodist Heritage Day celebrations, held at the Old School at Mount Sophia on Oct 31 last year,...
Aldersgate Convention 2011 to feature Evangelistic Rally

Aldersgate Convention 2011 to feature Evangelistic Rally

Feb 2011     FOR THE FIRST TIME since the current series of annual Aldersgate Conventions was held in 2002, there will be an Evangelistic Rally during this year’s programme. e rally will be held on the evening of May 21, a Saturday. The entire programme of Aldersgate Convention 2011 will be held at...
Band of Christian Brothers

Band of Christian Brothers

Feb 2011     Although written in a local church journal some 60 years ago, Yap Pheng Geck’s idealism derived from his experience in the Band of Christian Brothers in the ACS of the 1920s never left him. But it is idealism of this kind that Methodists should surely maintain and propagate in a...
TRAC Seniors celebrate 10th Anniversary

TRAC Seniors celebrate 10th Anniversary

Jan 2011     THE TRAC BOARD OF SENIORS MINISTRY celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a Thanksgiving Dinner at Ban Heng Pavilion Restaurant @ Harbour Front Centre on Nov 11, 2010. The anniversary theme was “Celebrating God’s Grace, Goodness & Love”. The Guest-of-Honour was the President of Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC), the Rev Dr Wee...
‘Why I rededicate my life to serve God’

‘Why I rededicate my life to serve God’

Jan 2011     Asian Christian Women’s Leadership Training and Dialogue 2010 “WHAT A WONDERFUL and inspiring example of servant leadership our Korean lady volunteers have exhibited during our stay.” “God is indeed amongst us!” “I feel encouraged and strengthened to continue my work for the Lord.” These feelings, recorded from the various participants...
CAC targets three groups  – Youths, seniors and new immigrants

CAC targets three groups – Youths, seniors and new immigrants

Jan 2011     35TH SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 15-18, 2010 YOUTHS, SENIORS AND NEW IMMIGRANTS– these are the three target groups singled out by the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) President, the Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung, for the conference’s leaders and churches to reach out to more effectively in the...

MCS’ 125th Anniversary ends on high note with PM’s presence

Jan 2011     THE YEAR-LONG CELEBRATIONS of the 125th Anniversary of the founding of Methodism in Singapore ended on a high note on Oct 31, 2010 as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Community Development, Youth and Sports Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, and community and faith leaders joined 3,000 Methodists at the Methodist Heritage Day...
When speaking in five tongues was the norm

When speaking in five tongues was the norm

Jan 2011     In a global world, we tend to accept, even celebrate, multilingualism. More problematic a hundred years ago were the difficulties which confronted missionaries as they worked hard to bridge mutually unintelligible languages and dialects in this part of the world. The Acting Editor of the Message, the Rev W. T....
TMC exhibition tells of God’s glory

TMC exhibition tells of God’s glory

Dec 2010     THE CHURCH IS A PEOPLE. is truth was vividly seen by the 6oo visitors who walked through Tamil Methodist Church (TMC) on Methodist Heritage Day (MHD) on Oct 31 and viewed the many photo exhibits, “ Then and Now”, that showcased God’s people of all ages and backgrounds serving in...
Wesley MC celebrates 125th Anniversary too

Wesley MC celebrates 125th Anniversary too

Dec 2010     METHODIST HERITAGE DAY AS THE OLDEST of the Methodists’ 44 local churches in Singapore, Wesley Methodist Church (WMC), celebrates its 125th anniversary this year too. The church traces its beginnings to 1885 when American missionaries from India set foot in Singapore, held its first town hall meeting at the Victoria...
Heritage Trail uncovers gems

Heritage Trail uncovers gems

Dec 2010     METHODIST HERITAGE DAY MANY METHODISTS KNOW that The Methodist Church in Singapore began in 1885 with the unannounced arrival of four missionaries – Dr James Thoburn and his wife, the Rev William Oldham, and musical accompanist Miss Julia Bettie. But how many Methodists know that the Methodist Church was formed...
Evangelism and social concerns part of ‘Methodist DNA’

Evangelism and social concerns part of ‘Methodist DNA’

Dec 2010     METHODIST HERITAGE DAY Bishop’s welcome address FROM THE BEGINNING, besides preaching the Gospel of Christ and planting churches, The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) also sought other ways of serving and contributing to the well-being of society.This dual emphasis on evangelism and social concern is an essential part of the...
Christmas – the season of expectancy

Christmas – the season of expectancy

Dec 2010     Exactly 40 years ago, the Editor of Methodist Message, Mrs Joyce Foster, reminded readers that Christmas is much more than Christmas Day. The calendar for the Christian year begins with Advent Sunday. In the Book of Worship of the Methodist Church, Advent is described as the “Season of Expectancy”. The...

GETTING STUCK!

Oct 2010     Share the Gospel – and you will keep the power of the Holy Spirit As we celebrate 125 years of Methodism in Singapore, it is timely to remind ourselves of the Great Commission. The following is an extract of a sermon preached by the Pastor of Pentecost Methodist Church, the...
John wesley on hymn singing

John wesley on hymn singing

Oct 2010     In a note announcing the adoption of the Methodist Hymnal more than a century ago, the Pastor of the English (later wesley Methodist) Church, took the opportunity to remind his congregation, as well as readers of the (Methodist) Message, of John wesley’s guidelines to early Methodists on how they should...
MCS youth team back from ‘enriching’ conference in Seoul

MCS youth team back from ‘enriching’ conference in Seoul

Sep 2010     A TWELVE-MEMBER DELEGATION from e Methodist Church in Singapore has returned with “an enriching experience” from the 9th International Christian Youth Conference on Evangelism (ICYCE) 2010 held in Seoul. The conference, from July 14 to 21, was attended by 400 youths from 42 countries. The Singapore team was led by...
First Singaporean elected to World Alliance of YMCAs ExCo

First Singaporean elected to World Alliance of YMCAs ExCo

Sep 2010     MR OLIVER LOKE, a volunteer leader with YMCA of Singapore, became the first Singaporean to be elected as a youth member of the World Alliance of YMCAs Executive Committee (ExCo) since the establishment of YMCA of Singapore in 1902. The election was held on July 23, 2010 during the 17th...
Education: Training men to think

Education: Training men to think

Sep 2010     As a Methodist missionary in the early days of Methodist work in Singapore, Dr B. F. West was a trained physician, edited Malaysia Message for a time, and was first to introduce theological training. His experience provided him enough background to comment on what Methodist schools should do to prepare...
Picture Special – 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Dialogue and Wesley Hymn Festival

Picture Special – 125th Anniversary Celebrations: Dialogue and Wesley Hymn Festival

Aug 2010     Methodist Message pictures by Daniel Lie

National Day Thanksgiving Service

Aug 2010     THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF SINGAPORE (NCCS) is to hold a National Day anksgiving Service at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Aug 12 at 7.45 pm. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, President of the NCCS, will be the speaker. His message is entitled “ rough All Generations”. It is based on...
Telok Ayer Chinese MC now one of three end-points

Telok Ayer Chinese MC now one of three end-points

Aug 2010     Methodist Heritage Day Walk and Exhibition TELOK AYER CHINESE METHODIST CHURCH (TACMC) will now be one of the three end-points of the Methodist Heritage Day Walk on Oct 31, 2010. is follows a request by the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) to use the church as an end-point instead of Kum...
ETAC campers find ‘Joy in the Journey’

ETAC campers find ‘Joy in the Journey’

Aug 2010     PARTICIPANTS OF THE EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE (ETAC) biennial family camp found joy when they gathered at Rompin Beach Resort, Pahang, from June 9 to 12 for a time of bonding and spiritual journey. They signed up with expectations of a well-balanced camp that would include challenging theme talks, meaningful...
Challenges, opportunities in Sarawak

Challenges, opportunities in Sarawak

Aug 2010     When Methodist missionary Rev James Hoover was sent to Sarawak in the early 1900s to help develop the fledgling Christian settlement, he faced many and diverse problems as well as opportunities. But the potential was already apparent. “ … WITH THE RESIDENT, I have put in a lot of hard,...
Study guide promotes peace

Study guide promotes peace

Jul 2010     GENEVA – The World Council of Churches has published a study guide, Telling the Truth About Ourselves and Our World, about overcoming violence. Available in English, French, German and Spanish as part of the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in Kingston, Jamaica, the guide provides resources for discussion of the convocation’s...
Winning World Cup fans for Christ

Winning World Cup fans for Christ

Jul 2010     SIX CHRISTIAN GROUPS have come together to produce two resources – a DVD and a booklet – to reach out for Christ, fans of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which began in South Africa on June 11 and will go on till July 11. The World Cup has come to...
Hymn singing is very much alive!

Hymn singing is very much alive!

Jul 2010     US musician leads Wesleyan Hymn Festival HYMN SINGING is alive and well, as evidenced on May 18 and 19, 2010. At the invitation of the Methodist School of Music, Dr Michael Burkhardt, a name relatively unknown to Singaporeans but well-known in many parts of the world, arrived on our sunny...
All are called to ministry

All are called to ministry

Jul 2010     ‘RENEWAL OF THE CHURCH is seen by most thinking Christians to be essential, so that it becomes more and more the instrument of God in a relevant way in today’s world. In the 1968 Discipline of The Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore is a paragraph under the section “The...
The mystery of a laborious text

The mystery of a laborious text

Jul 2010     SPIRITUAL NUMBNESS “A biblical text like Numbers 7 reminds us that we approach God and His truth on His terms, not ours. It tells us that often it is the constant search for novelty and that which is sensational that numbs our souls to the things of God. Strangely and...

Bishop Dr Solomon heads NCCS again

Jun 2010     BISHOP DR ROBERT SOLOMON of The Methodist Church in Singapore has succeeded the Most Rev Dr John Chew as President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS). The leadership change took effect on April 13, 2010 during the council’s 36th annual general meeting. Bishop Dr Solomon, who has...
Christian pioneers in Sarawak

Christian pioneers in Sarawak

Jun 2010     Missionary Rev J. R. Denyes accompanied Presiding Elder, Dr B. F. West, on a visit to the recently established Christian colony in Sarawak in late 1902, and describes his observations of life in the early years of the work that would later become the Methodist Chinese Church and Conference in...
Malacca a place of historical interest to missionary and merchant

Malacca a place of historical interest to missionary and merchant

May 2010     As presiding elder of the district, Rev W. E. Horley visited Malacca to inspect Methodist work and held a series of Chinese meetings. Satisfied with the work under the Chinese pastor, he was, however, convinced that there ought to be a missionary appointed there and that work should also be...
A Wesleyan Hymn Festival to celebrate 125 years of Methodism

A Wesleyan Hymn Festival to celebrate 125 years of Methodism

Apr 2010     TO CELEBRATE 125 YEARS OF METHODISM in Singapore, The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) will be presenting a Wesleyan Hymn Festival on May 19 at Victoria Concert Hall at 8 pm. Dr Michael Burkhardt, an acclaimed American hymn festival director, will lead the event. Internationally known for his innovative and...
Showing the ways of God through our lives

Showing the ways of God through our lives

Apr 2010     MY CAREER – GOD’S CALLING JESUS CALLED US to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world (Matt 5:13-14). How do I, as a disciple of Jesus, follow this command? Live a life without shouting that I trust in a sovereign God who will provide all...
Prissy Keun: Church pioneer and one of Sophia Blackmore’s earliest teachers

Prissy Keun: Church pioneer and one of Sophia Blackmore’s earliest teachers

Apr 2010     In looking back at some of the pioneers of the early Methodist Church, it is instructive to recall Miss Prissy Keun, one of Miss Sophia Blackmore’s teachers and a faithful and active steward of the English (Wesley) Church from 1889 when she was baptised by the pastor, Rev W. N....
‘God uses small things of the world to accomplish His purposes’

‘God uses small things of the world to accomplish His purposes’

Apr 2010     Launch of 125th Anniversary celebration of The Methodist Church in Singapore: Bishop tells Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church WHO WOULD IMAGINE that four people who landed in Singapore 125 years ago would lead to the formation of the Methodist Church today? The Methodist Church in Singapore today is considered “rich”...
Sarawak’s unity in diversity

Sarawak’s unity in diversity

Mar 2010     Christmas procession in Miri displays MIRI – More than 600 Methodists and 2,000 Mirians took part in the Annual City Christmas Parade on Dec 12 last year. e young and the old came out in full force with joy in their hearts to proclaim the Good News. The evening started...
Barker Road Methodist women launch new ministry in the city

Barker Road Methodist women launch new ministry in the city

Mar 2010     GC-WSCS Thanksgiving Service A NEW MINISTRY of the Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS) calling on the Barker Road Methodist working women to impact their workplace for Jesus has started. Disclosing this, Mrs Eka Sun, President of the Barker Road Methodist Church WSCS, said fellowship groups of the God@Work Market...
Significance of Lent

Significance of Lent

Mar 2010     The season of Lent that started on Ash Wednesday, Feb17 this year, is a Christian festival in preparation for Easter. Many Christians have overlooked this important time of fasting and penitence, and need to be reminded of its origins and signifi cance. Mrs Joyce Foster, who was Acting Editor of...
Remembering whose we are

Remembering whose we are

Mar 2010     THE WATER FROM HIS BAPTISM in the Jordan River evaporated quickly in the dry and hot Judean desert air as Jesus climbed the barren hills. Was He on His way to where the action was – to crowded urban Jerusalem, where the temple and palaces were? Or was He off...
We are ‘workplace ministers’

We are ‘workplace ministers’

Feb 2010     MY CAREER – GOD’S CALLING DEALING WITH ISSUES “It’s not always smooth sailing. Shining for Him is not easy especially during times of intense pressure. Tempers fray and human strength and wisdom prevail over seeking God and His wisdom and strength in dealing with issues.” I BELIEVE GOD HAS CALLED...
John Polglase – our first member

John Polglase – our first member

Feb 2010     When Dr James Thoburn organised our first Methodist church on Monday, Feb 23, 1885, John Polglase was the only one of the three British Wesleyan laymen who qualified to attend the meeting, who was present. He was thus the first member and official of the Methodist Church in Singapore. JOHN...

To tweet or not to tweet during worship service: That is the question

Jan 2010     DR ANTHONY GOH, OUR CONTRIBUTOR, wrote in the November 2009 issue of this newsletter that “it would be a sad day if the ‘Let’s greet each other in the love of the Lord’ becomes ‘Let’s tweet your neighbour.’ ” Expressing his views that twittering has no place in worship, he wrote:...
CAC President identifies 2010 challenges

CAC President identifies 2010 challenges

Jan 2010     34TH SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 9-12, 2009 All reports on CAC, ETAC and TRAC Sessions by Peter Teo & Earnest Lau IN HIS FIRST ADDRESS as President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), the Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung recalled the blessings he had received during the...
Importance of learning written Chinese

Importance of learning written Chinese

Jan 2010     When missionaries in the mission field were required to learn one or more of the local languages, the Rev William Shellabear was fluent in spoken and written Hokkien, in addition to his mastery of the Malay Language. In this letter to the Editor of the Message, he makes a persuasive...
Bishop’s sermon deals with The Pastor’s fears, tears, ears and years

Bishop’s sermon deals with The Pastor’s fears, tears, ears and years

Jan 2010     RETIREMENT, ORDINATION-CUM CLOSING SERVICE OF THE 34TH SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE THE PASTOR’S FEARS, the Pastor’s Tears, the Pastor’s Ears, the Pastor’s Years. What do they have in common? Answer: The presence of God. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon touched on these four topics in his sermon at the...
Many non-believers receive help

Many non-believers receive help

Dec 2009     Third HOPE Fair THE THIRD AND FINAL HOPE – Helping Our People – Fair, initiated and sponsored by Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC), was held at Paya Lebar Methodist Church on Oct 17. After months of preparation with partnering churches – Ang Mo Kio MC, Toa Payoh MC and Trinity MC...
The principal with a golden heart

The principal with a golden heart

Dec 2009     It is easy in a season of Christmas fun and food to forget the really poor and those helplessly sick. Miss May Lilly was in charge of the Methodist Girls’ School when it met in the Middle Road chapel more than a hundred years ago. Visiting some of her destitute...

MCS gives $20,000 to disaster victims

Dec 2009     THE METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE (MCS) has given $20,000 to the victims of the recent natural disasters in the Philippines and Indonesia. e Evangelical Methodist Church in the Philippines received $10,000, the United Methodist Church of the Philippines got $5,000, and the Methodist Church in Indonesia was given $5,000. In...

Twittering in worship

Nov 2009     One Methodist’s perspective TWITTER IS A SOCIAL PHENOMENON on the Internet where one posts messages to answer the question “What are you doing now?” and this can be read by anyone in the world. Twitterers send tweets, short 160-character messages, to the Twitter website, where it then appears on its...
Contradictions a-plenty

Contradictions a-plenty

Nov 2009     In this selection of pioneer Methodist missionary Rev W. E. Horley’s thoughts, our attention is drawn to the behaviour of Christians which tends to contradict Biblical teachings. His gentle, yet candid observations, deserve serious refl ection at a time when our everyday habits and lifestyles have become nearly indistinguishable from...
Second HOPE Fair draws 1,500

Second HOPE Fair draws 1,500

Oct 2009     THE SECOND OF THREE HOPE FAIRS sponsored by Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) was held at Pentecost Methodist Church on Aug 10, 2009. Supported by volunteers from Bedok, Christ, Living Hope and Pentecost Methodist churches, e Methodist Church in Singapore opened its doors to reach out to some 1,500 members and...
The lost sheep found

The lost sheep found

Oct 2009     The personal testimony of how a lost sheep was found many years ago is a refreshing reminder that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. It may perhaps help us remember the commitment we made at our baptism, often overlooked in the hurly burly of the...
The President’s Award for 10 BB Primers

The President’s Award for 10 BB Primers

Sep 2009     TEN PRIMERS WERE CONFERRED e President’s Award by President S. R. Nathan at the Istana on July 20, 2009. is highest award in e Boys’ Brigade (BB) has been presented to the top percentile of the Boys from the Primers Programme (Post-Secondary level members) in the past five years. In...
MCI’s faith journey bonds members

MCI’s faith journey bonds members

Sep 2009     JUST HOW SMALL is a mustard seed? It is unbelievably miniscule! Smaller than the little full stop at the end of a sentence! Yet the Bible tells us faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains! An experiment was carried out with our Pastor bringing a small supply...
Life in Nind Home

Life in Nind Home

Sep 2009     ‘NO ONE WILL REALISE the real joy of company until one experiences a boarding school life. The study of human nature is most interesting when one comes in contact with over fifty girls of different nationalities, customs, behaviours and age. But here in Nind Home one comes not only in...
Use your talents for God’s glory, WSCS leaders told

Use your talents for God’s glory, WSCS leaders told

Aug 2009     GC-WSCS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT RETREAT 2009 BISHOP DR ROBERT SOLOMON has encouraged leaders and members of the Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS) to be prayerful and ascertain where their talents could be effectively used for God’s glory. Stating that women have many special qualities that make them stronger in some...
All Christians are to do God’s work

All Christians are to do God’s work

Aug 2009     MY CAREER – GOD’S CALLING All Christians are to do God’s work WHEN I WAS a young Christian, I had asked God boldly: “God, send me to wherever you want me to go and I shall obey. Call me to your service.” It would have been easier if God had...
By junk, sedan chair, mule and on foot

By junk, sedan chair, mule and on foot

Aug 2009     The Rev W. G. Shellabear here recounts his amusing experiences on a visit to China more than a hundred years ago. It is a useful reminder that missionaries must be prepared, like those of old, to face all manner of inconveniences in the course of their duty. THE JOURNEY FROM...
Essential features of being the Church

Essential features of being the Church

Jul 2009     ALDERSGATE CONVENTION TALKS IN ENGLISH AND MANDARIN   IN THREE talks over three evenings, British Methodist Church minister and Wesleyan authority David Chapman went to great lengths to answer the twin question “What is the Church and where can it be found?” The range of answers given indicates a wide...
Called to teach

Called to teach

Jul 2009     MY CAREER – GOD’S CALLING I’M NOT SURE my reasons for choosing teaching as a profession were all that noble in the first instance. Basically, I hoped to one day have a family and I wanted to be in a career I could take time off from to raise a...
Crowding three POWs into a cell designed for one

Crowding three POWs into a cell designed for one

Jul 2009     In a post-war newsletter, the Rev (later Bishop) Hobart B. Amstutz recalls the harrowing days that followed the surrender of Singapore in February 1942 and the experience of being interned as a prisoner-of-war. ‘THE INTERNMENT ORDER … was to bring clothing for 10 days and meet at the [padang in front...
Cosy church setting sets mood for MSM Anniversary celebration

Cosy church setting sets mood for MSM Anniversary celebration

Jun 2009     THE 12th Anniversary Service of the Methodist School of Music (MSM) was held in the cosy setting of the Barker Road Methodist Church sanctuary. Although there were people from various backgrounds attending – from church leaders and a visiting conductor from the United Kingdom to the faculty and students of the...
Fathers are special people

Fathers are special people

Jun 2009     FATHERS are special. They are the role models our sons emulate and sad is the child whose father is not around in his tender years. My sons have been blessed with a very good father. I thank God for my husband as he truly loves and cares so much for...
Aldersgate MC’s 30th Anniversary programmes

Aldersgate MC’s 30th Anniversary programmes

Jun 2009     ALDERSGATE Methodist Church, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a host of activities, saw very encouraging response to two of its major programmes last month. More than 700 church members and guests turned up for the Anniversary Thanksgiving Service at Fairfield Methodist School (Primary), adjacent to the church, on...
Mr Wesley, the Field Preacher

Mr Wesley, the Field Preacher

Jun 2009     Methodists proudly refer to John Wesley as their founding father, but it may be doubted that few know much about the man himself. Here is a window to the great outdoor preacher. EXCLUDED from preaching in the Established Churches, Mr Wesley (to use the respectful honorific) travelled at least 250,000 miles in...
First dedication for TRAC Board of Seniors Ministry and GYM officials

First dedication for TRAC Board of Seniors Ministry and GYM officials

May 2009     FOR the fi rst time ever, the TRAC Board of Seniors Ministry and the Glowing Years Ministry (GYM) held a Thanksgiving and Dedication Service on March 28. About 390 members and friends from 17 TRAC (Trinity Annual Conference) churches gathered at Christ Methodist Church for the service. It was a momentous...

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 2009     TODAY, I remember my mother who loved my siblings and me so unconditionally that we miss her so much. She died in 2002 and for five years after her death, my father, siblings and I, and our families would visit her niche at the Garden of Remembrance on or near...
Youth disciples get up close and personal with the very poor

Youth disciples get up close and personal with the very poor

May 2009     THE outlook of 20 Trackers changed drastically when they came face to face with the clients of the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS). When Rachel Toh signed up for a four-week internship at an MWS Home, she did not expect to feed some of the elderly through their nose and stomach...
Tracking a journey of faith

Tracking a journey of faith

May 2009     TRACKERS, a youth discipleship programme organised by TRAC (Trinity Annual Conference) Youth Ministries, offers a three-month intensive mentoring programme to give our young people an opportunity to encounter God through Word, Spiritual Disciplines and Mission. Its goal is to effect value change in our young people – i.e. from the...

What makes a mission school different

May 2009     IF YOUR son or daughter is a student at one of the Methodist schools, then you have chosen what is often referred to as a mission school for your child. What can you expect? What does a mission school offer that others may not? Here are some of the things...
Bishop encourages churches to be open for prayer

Bishop encourages churches to be open for prayer

May 2009     “WE NEED to find ways to open our churches for prayer every day,” Bishop Dr Robert Solomon urged Methodist lay leaders recently. Speaking on the “Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition” at a Lunch Fellowship for Lay Leaders and Local Church Executive Committee (LCEC) Chairmen at Methodist Centre on March...
Aldersgate speaker to explore traditional, contemporary worship

Aldersgate speaker to explore traditional, contemporary worship

May 2009     THE Aldersgate Seminar on Saturday, May 23 at Barker Road Methodist Church will address the experiential aspects of worship. The Rev Dr David Chapman, who is one of two speakers at the Aldersgate Convention 2009, will address the theme, “The Wesleyan Experience of Worship” during the seminar, which is on...
A young leader’s opinion of some foreign missionaries

A young leader’s opinion of some foreign missionaries

May 2009     As a young man studying in ACS, Chen Chang Lok was a favourite student of the Principal, the Rev Kingsley Pease. After completing his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at the University of Chicago, he returned to Singapore in 1919. His experience of a holier-than-thou attitude of certain missionaries moved him...
Working with survivors on suicide grief

Working with survivors on suicide grief

Apr 2009     AS PART of Suicide Awareness Week this year, the SOS (Samaritans of Singapore) is planning to organise a workshop on “Working with Survivors on Suicide Grief” specially for Methodist pastors and leaders. There must be at least 20 participants before the SOS can conduct the three-hour workshop, from 9 am to...
Aldersgate MC members to be reminded of ‘Journey of Faith’

Aldersgate MC members to be reminded of ‘Journey of Faith’

Apr 2009     Church gearing up for 30th Anniversary joy ALDERSGATE Methodist Church (AMC) is gearing up for its 30th Anniversary celebrations in May with a host of activities and programmes to remind its members of their “Journey of Faith”. This journey of the church pioneers was full of anxieties, trials and tribulations...

Training up a child for the Lord is not easy but the rewards are great

Apr 2009     GROWING UP WITH KIDS AS A Christian mother of two sons, aged 21 and nine, I have been richly blessed by the Lord. The older boy is now studying in the United States, while the younger one is studying in Primary 4. Being a stay-at-home mother, I supervised the school...
A heart-warming letter from a fellow sufferer

A heart-warming letter from a fellow sufferer

Apr 2009     The following letter from the Rev Goh Hood Keng appears to be almost routine for an evangelistic preacher as he was – until we realise that he wrote as one who was being treated for Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) in Calcutta. Despite his condition (from which he was miraculously and mercifully...
Understanding the nature of the Church

Understanding the nature of the Church

Apr 2009     WHAT is the Church and where is it to be found? Though the question seems straightforward, in fact Christians disagree among themselves about how to answer it. The existence of separate Christian denominations bears witness to the wide range of different and sometimes contradictory beliefs about the nature of the...
Hudson Taylor: A challenge to today’s preoccupation with self

Hudson Taylor: A challenge to today’s preoccupation with self

Apr 2009     R E F L E C T I O N S WE LIVE in an era when selfishness has become respectable in society and even in the church. In fact a lot of the proclamation of the church today seems to be pandering to human selfishness. The church in Asia...
Methodist TTC students’ journey of discovery

Methodist TTC students’ journey of discovery

Mar 2009     “THE Journey of Discovery” was the theme for this year’s Methodist Students Retreat, which was held at the National Community Leadership Institute (NACLI). Sponsored by the General Conference and organised by a student committee for Methodist students attending Trinity Theological College, the event was held from Jan 16 to 18, and attracted...
GC-WSCS women testify to God’s grace and goodness  at Thanksgiving Fellowship

GC-WSCS women testify to God’s grace and goodness at Thanksgiving Fellowship

Mar 2009     “Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the HOLY ONE.”   WITH grateful hearts to our Heavenly Father, the ladies from the three Annual Conferences gathered on Jan 3, 2009, at Sophia Blackmore Hall, Methodist Centre to thank Him for His loving kindness and tender mercies that are...
Tang Poh Kim retires as Education Secretary

Tang Poh Kim retires as Education Secretary

Mar 2009     Retired Geylang Methodist School (P) Principal Mabel Wee succeeds her THE Education Secretary of The Methodist Church in Singapore, Mrs Tang Poh Kim, has retired after serving for eight years, and has been succeeded by Ms Mabel Wee. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon said of her: “We want to thank Mrs Tang...
Registration for Aldersgate Seminar is now open

Registration for Aldersgate Seminar is now open

Mar 2009     REGISTRATION for the Aldersgate Seminar, featuring the Rev Dr David Chapman, is now being accepted at the Methodist Centre, but must be received by Monday, April 20, to qualify for the early bird rate. The seminar will be held at Sophia Blackmore Hall, Methodist Centre, on Saturday, May 23 from 9...
Teaching moral education by

Teaching moral education by

Mar 2009     The efforts to inculcate moral and ethical values in the younger generation are still very much a challenge for parents and educators alike. But, as the Rev William F. Oldham’s prize pupil, Li Denghui, who became President of Fudan University, pointed out after personal experience, they are likely to fail...
Nevertheless, let us give thanks

Nevertheless, let us give thanks

Mar 2009     R E F L E C T I O N S BY REV GABRIEL LIEW IMAGINE. It was Thanksgiving and the preacher was ready to begin. He stepped up to the pulpit, cleared his throat, “Ahem” and began. He said, “Let us give thanks, for our marvellous bodies, for legs...

A new beacon for God’s Word

Feb 2009     CONSTRUCTION work on the new Bible House is in progress. In August last year, Bible House at 7 Armenian Street was demolished to make way for a new building which is expected to be completed in 2010. The new facility will house the offices of the Bible Society, the Bible...
Mabel Wee retires after years of dedicated service

Mabel Wee retires after years of dedicated service

Feb 2009     There have been leadership changes in three of our Methodist Schools. Ms Mabel Wee Im Neo has retired as Principal of Geylang Methodist School (Primary), and has been succeeded by Mrs Rina Liang nee Mdm Yap Siu Lin. Mr Lim Yan Hock, Principal of Geylang Methodist School (Secondary), has been posted...
Aldersgate Convention 2009 to be held at Barker Road Methodist Church

Aldersgate Convention 2009 to be held at Barker Road Methodist Church

Feb 2009     THE next Aldersgate Convention, from May 18-23, 2009, will be held at Barker Road Methodist Church, and will give emphasis to Wesleyan teachings on church and worship. Two speakers will address the theme, “The Wesleyan Way of Being Church”, in five evening talks, a morning seminar, a pastors’ fellowship and...
Power of the simple Gospel

Power of the simple Gospel

Feb 2009     H. E. Bunn, a lay missionary who taught in the MBS, Kuala Lumpur, ACS Ipoh and Singapore, recounts a moving worship experience with the simple village people near Kajang. It reminds us that true worship derives its power from telling the “old, old story of Jesus and His love”. Well-appointed...
Lingering in our rushed world

Lingering in our rushed world

Feb 2009     FOR spiritual refreshment I have been reading the book, A Basket of Fragments, by Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Christian Focus Publications). M’Cheyne died when he was 29 years old. That is less than the time I have been in vocational (so-called “full-time”) ministry! But I am amazed by the spiritual depth...
God is in full control of all situations

God is in full control of all situations

Jan 2009     A TALK ON HABBAKUK ON OCT 7, the Rev Dr Gordon Wong, who teaches Old Testament and Hebrew at Trinity Theological College and is an author, gave a talk on Habakkuk, the first of a series on Old Testament characters, for members of the TRAC Board of Seniors Ministry. Sixty-one...
Chance to acquire new skills: Pick up a course in Christian counselling

Chance to acquire new skills: Pick up a course in Christian counselling

Jan 2009     IT IS imperative for churches today to equip lay people who wish to serve as group leaders in a caring ministry in the church so that help may be rendered to those who need it before it is too late. Though some Christians have turned to their churches for counselling,...
Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung is new President of CAC

Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung is new President of CAC

Jan 2009     33RD SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 10-14, 2008 THE Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung, Pastor-in-Charge of Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church, was elected President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) at its 33rd Session at Hakka Methodist Church on Nov 11, 2008 – the second day of the session....
Rev James Nagulan re-elected ETAC Head

Rev James Nagulan re-elected ETAC Head

Jan 2009     33RD SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 7-8, 2008 THE Rev James Nagulan was reelected President of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) at its 33rd Session, which was held at Ang Mo Kio Tamil Methodist Church on Nov 7 and 8. He was voted in on the 6th ballot...

What have you been doing with your unction?

Jan 2009     33RD SESSION OF TRINITY ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 17-20, 2008 UNCTION. Remember the word. It is an old-fashioned word which we do not use any more. The more modern equivalent today is the word “anointing”. And the word anointing is taken from the word “Messiah” in Hebrew, and “Christ” or “Christos”...

MWS hands out bigger and more

Jan 2009     GC WSCS-supported programme benefits 261 students compared to 200 in 2007 EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Imran (not his real name) has once again received the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) Bursary for 2009, much to the relief of his mother, Madam Hanifah (not her real name). “At least, my burden is lighter. We have...
Impact of accepting Christ on Iban society

Impact of accepting Christ on Iban society

Jan 2009     The writer of this reflection on the social impact of accepting Christ on the Iban society, Thomas Harris, was engaged for many years in Methodist agricultural missions at Nanga Mujong, upriver from Kapit, Sarawak. Prior to Sarawak, he and his wife served in China until they had to leave after...
THE ART OF TEACHING

THE ART OF TEACHING

Jan 2009     Lessons from the Master Himself INDISPUTABLY, one of the great teachers – Christians would argue THE greatest teacher – was Jesus. What can we learn from Him about teaching? Certainly we get some important clues from Him about the methods a teacher should employ. He taught simply – with lots...
How well we live our life ‘is paramount to successful living’

How well we live our life ‘is paramount to successful living’

Dec 2008     AGEING is a biological function. From the moment of conception we age by seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years. And there are genetic factors that may enhance or disadvantage a person. Stating this, Mr Gerard Ee, who at 59 years of age is still active in the social sector...

Nine needy BB Boys receive inaugural Stedfast Grant

Dec 2008     SEVEN years ago, three-year-old Murthi Mizeer John Mallare lost his mother. Then his father, Anthony, had his left forefoot amputed because of diabetes, which has also robbed him of sight in his right eye and left him with partial vision in the other. Anthony’s kidneys have also failed and he...

Inter-faith dialogue is part of Christians’ social responsibility

Dec 2008     But we must always conduct such exchanges with integrity and respect Should Christians engage in inter-faith dialogue? FOR some Christians, inter-faith dialogue is to be discouraged and even scrupulously avoided because it smacks of compromise and syncretism. In a recent survey entitled, “Negotiating Christianity with Other Religions: The Views of Christian Clergymen in Singapore”, Dr...
MWS officially launches hospice homecare service

MWS officially launches hospice homecare service

Dec 2008     THE Methodist Welfare Services officially launched Agape Methodist Hospice (AMH) on Oct 4 following a restructuring exercise that transformed AMH into a clinical homecare service with a full-time doctor and two palliative care nurses. The launch is a milestone in the history of AMH, which has served 67 patients since its...
Living Stones Chapel is  ‘a chosen place of God’

Living Stones Chapel is ‘a chosen place of God’

Dec 2008     Dedication of Geylang Chinese Methodist Church Living Stones Chapel A PLACE of worship is a house for God’s name. This place is chosen by God Himself and therefore, we are to seek out this place to worship Him. Because in this place: 1. God is always present. Our Lord Jesus...

Euthanasia ‘not ethical way of dealing with those with terminal illnesses’

Dec 2008     The National Council of Churches of Singapore issued a Statement on Euthanasia to the media on Nov 6, 2008. We reproduce the statement in full below. ACCORDING to the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, “Euthanasia is commonly defined as the act of bringing about the death of...
Aldersgate Convention 2009 to focus on ‘Wesleyan Way of Being Church’

Aldersgate Convention 2009 to focus on ‘Wesleyan Way of Being Church’

Dec 2008     ALDERSGATE Convention 2009 will be held from May 18 to 23. The annual week-long series of talks and seminar culminating in the Aldersgate Service will feature two keynote speakers who will explore the theme, “The Wesleyan Way of Being Church”, in English and Mandarin. The venue has not been confirmed....
The specialist: Our youth worker

The specialist: Our youth worker

Dec 2008     THE well-meaning adult church said to the youth worker Su Ling (not her real name): “You are gifted in ministry and you are no longer in your 30s, you should think of moving up from ministry to general ministry or even ordination.” The leader meant to praise Su Ling’s gifts...

God’s grace ‘working in and through us’

Nov 2008     9TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE: SEPT 8-13, 2008 THERE is evidence of God’s grace working in, among, and through us in this current quadrennium. So saying, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon added that “if we trust our living God and act in obedience, He...
Memorial Service for eight of God’s faithful workers

Memorial Service for eight of God’s faithful workers

Nov 2008     9TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE: SEPT 8-13, 2008 AMEMORIAL Service was held at Barker Road Methodist Church on Sept 12 to memorialise eight of our missionaries and church workers who had passed on to Glory in this quadrennium. The eight were: Mrs Charlotte...

Family ‘an important unit in the church’

Nov 2008     FAMILY LIFE CONFERENCE THE family is an important unit in the church, and that unity in the family is important. In this age of choices, the people are encouraged to be less committed to any particular brand or choice, but this cannot be said to be true of the marriage...
New beginnings mark TTC’s diamond anniversary

New beginnings mark TTC’s diamond anniversary

Nov 2008     THE 60th Anniversary dinner of Singapore’s first seminary that took place on Oct 3, 2008 at Orchid Country Club was marked by many new beginnings. The Principal of Trinity Theological College (TTC), the Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian, announced the seminary’s new programme, upcoming degree, and even an upcoming professor....
Bishop Eveland’s impressions of Japan and its Christian ministers

Bishop Eveland’s impressions of Japan and its Christian ministers

Nov 2008     Bishop William P. Eveland, who superintended the Malaysia area from 1914 to1916, visited Japan for a short vacation in the summer of 1915. His appreciation of the serenity and beauty of the scenery is palpable. But his reactions to the school chapels and church services, and the interesting comparisons between...
A covenant made to last forever

A covenant made to last forever

Nov 2008     ONCE upon a time, there was this couple who at their every wedding anniversary would don their wedding clothes and have their picture taken in the living room of their house. They planned to do this throughout their life together and to collect the photographs in a single album. I imagine them on their 5th anniversary coming...
Citibank-YMCA programme wins Singapore Youth Award 2008

Citibank-YMCA programme wins Singapore Youth Award 2008

Oct 2008     THE Citibank-YMCA Youth For Causes has been conferred the Singapore Youth Award (Team) 2008 (Community and Youth Services category) for its excellence in youth development and for nurturing youths to support social causes through social entrepreneurship projects. Since its inception, the Citibank-YMCA Youth For Causes programme has seen 380 teams raise...
MCS, Methodist Church in Indonesia sign DISCIPLE MOU

MCS, Methodist Church in Indonesia sign DISCIPLE MOU

Oct 2008     DISCIPLE Agency (DA) has entered into a partnership with Gereja Methodist Indonesia (GMI – The Methodist Church in Indonesia) Region 2 for the translating of DISCIPLE materials into Bahasa Indonesia. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by Bishop Amat Tumino, Bishop of GMI Region 2, and Bishop Dr Robert...
Thank you Lord for blessing Singapore

Thank you Lord for blessing Singapore

Oct 2008     Christians offer thanksgiving and gratitude at National Day Service CHRISTIANS from various denominations gathered to commemorate and offer gratitude for 43 years of blessings for Singapore at this year’s National Day Thanksgiving Service at St Andrew’s Cathedral on Aug 14. Organised by the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS),...
GC-WSCS TO HELP SET UP HOSTEL FOR CRISIS GIRLS

GC-WSCS TO HELP SET UP HOSTEL FOR CRISIS GIRLS

Oct 2008     Conference decides to partner MWS in pilot project THE General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service (GC-WSCS) has taken up the challenge of setting up a Post-Care Hostel for Teenage Girls in partnership with the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS). The decision was taken at its 9th Quadrennial Session at the Bayview Hotel in...
How Methodist Girls’ School in Malacca was started

How Methodist Girls’ School in Malacca was started

Oct 2008     The WFMS Quarterly Review, a publication of the Methodist women’s missionary organisation, contains some interesting stories of the work of Methodist women missionaries in the early 20th Century. This piece describes how the Malacca Methodist Girls’ School was started to provide an education for the girls in this then “sleepy...
The first steps towards involvement in mission

The first steps towards involvement in mission

Oct 2008     WHAT does it mean to be involved in mission? Is mission involvement only for those who go on mission trips, are in missions’ committees or participate in mission events? Romans 10:5-18 envisages a role for every believer in God’s mission. The passage begins by affirming that the key to being...
Roland Chia appointed Professor of Christian Doctrine

Roland Chia appointed Professor of Christian Doctrine

Sep 2008     TTC’s third professorship established through endowment from Paya Lebar Methodist Church and named after Rev Chew Hock Hin DR ROLAND CHIA, Dean of Postgraduate Studies at Trinity Theological College (TTC), has been appointed Professor of Christian Doctrine. He is the third professor to be appointed by TTC. The first two...
Nine BB Primers get President’s Award

Nine BB Primers get President’s Award

Sep 2008     NINE outstanding Boys’ Brigade (BB) Primers have been conferred The President’s Award this year. For the fourth year running, this Award was presented by President S. R. Nathan to the top percentile of the BB Boys in the Primers Programme. The award presentation ceremony was held at the Istana on July...
Fortunes of early Chinese students in US

Fortunes of early Chinese students in US

Sep 2008     Chen Chang Lok (a.k.a. Tan Ah Lok), the man who influenced Goh Hood Keng to accept Christ at ACS, served briefly as a pastor of the Straits Chinese Baba Church. He himself was later educated in the United States, where he earned a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from the University of...
On deflecting attention from ourselves to honour God

On deflecting attention from ourselves to honour God

Sep 2008     ‘We know that what we do from selfish motives will be burnt up in the fires of judgement (1 Cor. 3:10-15), and that the things that we do for God’s glory reap eternal rewards.’ COLOMBO – My wife and I have returned after a week in Singapore attending GoForth, the...
Youth gather in Tamil Methodist Church for…

Youth gather in Tamil Methodist Church for…

Aug 2008     MEET Kavitha, a business undergraduate at the Singapore Institute of Management. Her Saturdays are usually busy. No surprise there as it is quite common for undergraduates like her. But ask her and she will tell you more. It seems that management theories are not the only things on her mind...
Special features enrich MSM’s 11th Anniversary joy

Special features enrich MSM’s 11th Anniversary joy

Aug 2008     THE Methodist School of Music (MSM) celebrated its 11th Anniversary with a Thanksgiving Service in the TA2 Sanctuary of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church on April 26. Present were members, supporters and representatives from the different churches and musical organisations that the MSM had impacted and enriched over the one...
Building together for the Lord is fun!

Building together for the Lord is fun!

Aug 2008     Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Mission raising funds to build Multi-Purpose Hall MR STEPHEN LIM of Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church (PLCMC) found himself doing a very strange thing for the Lord – eating tomatoes. Lots of them. In the face of what he called “very tough competition”, he emerged the...
Asian Methodist Bishops swop updates on new church work

Asian Methodist Bishops swop updates on new church work

Aug 2008     ANNUAL GATHERING OF FELLOWSHIP OF ASIAN METHODIST BISHOPS IN THE midst of rapid changes and challenges in the region, Asian Methodist Bishops met in Singapore recently to share common goals and update one another on new developments in church work in their respective countries. The Annual Gathering of the Fellowship...
A ‘Red Head’ sharing the Gospel with Kulim Chinese

A ‘Red Head’ sharing the Gospel with Kulim Chinese

Aug 2008     Methodist missionary, Miss Clara Martin, served more than 20 years in Penang in the early days of the last century. In this letter published in the WFMS Quarterly Review, she recounts some of her experiences in a 10-day evangelistic trip to share the Gospel with the Chinese women and their...
John 3:16 vs the ‘religious

John 3:16 vs the ‘religious

Aug 2008     NASHVILLE (Tennessee) – The new US Religious Landscape Survey, conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, offers a picture of early 21st-century American religious attitudes that is not surprising, at least to those of us who track religious life along Main Street USA. The survey results suggest that...

Call to respond to issues within Christian discipleship framework

Jul 2008     Fellowship of Indian Denominational Churches 2nd General Assembly THE second General Assembly of the Fellowship of Indian Denominational Churches (FIDC) was held in Malacca from May 9 to 12, 2008. The theme was “One Heart, One Voice.” The FIDC aims to find ways to work together in Christian unity in...
After-Life …heaven …resurrection

After-Life …heaven …resurrection

Jul 2008     GRACE AND BEHAVIOUR ‘The New Testament is clear – believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved by grace through faith. Is that all there is to it? Actually no! Behaviour after conversion affects the outcome.’ – The Rev Dr Ben Witherington, III addressing 400 people at an...
Sports and games foster religious harmony

Sports and games foster religious harmony

Jul 2008     National Council of Churches of Singapore hosts Community Engagement Games Day SPORTS and games have always enjoyed a universal following. People engage in them and other physical activities for fun, recreation and even for health reasons. Recently, a Christian body appropriated such activities to serve another purpose – to foster inter-racial...
Ibans with a sense of Christian mission

Ibans with a sense of Christian mission

Jul 2008     Donald Moore, a British businessman, visited Sarawak nearly 50 years ago and recounts in a letter from Kapit aspects of the life of the Iban people, particularly those who had become Christians and who had a sense of mission. ‘“ THERE will be a big gawai (festival) this year.” This statement...
A short story or a tall tale?

A short story or a tall tale?

Jul 2008     CAN a person be rich, powerful and yet unhappy? Well, Zaccheus was such a man. But why was Zaccheus not happy? Firstly, could it be that he was socially alienated? You see, he was a tax collector. He collected taxes from the Jewish people for the occupying Roman empire. In...

I wander and wonder – and I found God

Jun 2008     TRAC WSCS Silent Retreat at Botanic Gardens THIS was an unusual silent retreat. It was a two-hour “Wander and Wonder Walk with Jesus” at the Botanic Gardens on April 5, 2008. Organised by the Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS), the purpose of the retreat was...
BRMC Kindergarten ranked as one of Singapore’s Top 10 Preschools

BRMC Kindergarten ranked as one of Singapore’s Top 10 Preschools

Jun 2008     The BRMCK Management, Ms Leong, the Principal, and her staff have been true to the church’s mission of reaching out to children and directing them to Christ by educating with a difference. BARKER ROAD Methodist Church Kindergarten (BRMCK) has been ranked by Edupoll as one of the top 10 preschools...
On how Methodist identity can impact nation and world

On how Methodist identity can impact nation and world

Jun 2008     2nd Methodist Schools Student Leadership Conference at ACS (Barker Road) ATOTAL of 255 student leaders from nine Methodist secondary schools recently attended the 2nd Methodist Schools Student Leadership Conference at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road). Organised by the ACS (Barker Road) Prefectorial Board, the student leaders came from ACS (Barker Road), ACS (Independent), ACS (International), Fairfield...
Four Methodist leaders made JPs

Four Methodist leaders made JPs

Jun 2008     FOUR Methodist leaders have been appointed as Justice of the Peace (JP) this year for a term of five years. They are Associate Professor Ngiam Tee Liang, Mr David Alexander Ong Liang Bong, Mr Kim Seah Teck Kim and Mrs Mildred Tan Beng Mei. They were among the 22 newly-appointed...
Pastors pick up ‘Wesleyan soundings’  at retreat

Pastors pick up ‘Wesleyan soundings’ at retreat

Jun 2008     JOHOR BAHRU – Some 100 pastors from the three Annual Conferences benefited from a retreat conducted by Bishop William H. Willimon from the United Methodist Church in the United States. The three-day retreat was held in idyllic surroundings in Sofitel Palm Resort in Johor from March 25 to 27. The...
Borneo’s first Iban Methodist Church

Borneo’s first Iban Methodist Church

Jun 2008     Missionary Hobart B. Amstutz (later Bishop) recounts how the Ibans became Christians and formed the nucleus of the first Iban Methodist Church in Borneo in 1950 ‘AT THE beginning of the (20th) century, the Methodist Church sent the Rev James M. Hoover to Sarawak Borneo to begin work among the...
Aldersgate Convention: Take MRT, or car-pool

Aldersgate Convention: Take MRT, or car-pool

May 2008     ALDERSGATE Convention 2008 is all set to begin. Are you ready for it? The week-long convention will be held at Wesley Methodist Church from May 19 to 24. It comprises five evening talks (two in Mandarin and three in English), two morning seminars (in English) and the Aldersgate Service (in...
Are Christians guided more by the Bible or market-place?

Are Christians guided more by the Bible or market-place?

May 2008     CHRISTIAN Sunday worship is one of the most visible aspects of our faith. However, are Christians guided more by the Bible or by the market-place? The Rev Dr Ben Witherington, III, the keynote speaker for Aldersgate Convention 2008, will offer a uniquely biblical response to this question when he preaches...
Thanking God and touching people in Chinatown

Thanking God and touching people in Chinatown

May 2008     Fairfield Methodist Church Celebrates 60th Anniversary FAIRFIELD Methodist Church celebrated its 60th Anniversary with a worship service, a dinner and the launching of a commemorative book on Feb 24, 2008. The church, which was founded 60 years ago with 20 founding members on Feb 1, 1948, today has more than 750...
How the early Chinese of Singapore became Christians

How the early Chinese of Singapore became Christians

May 2008     Missionary William Thomas Kensett, MD, tells us of a little known aspect of early Methodist medical work in Singapore started by Dr B.F. West in 1889, the cradle of Telok Ayer Chinese Church. As a medical attendant on the HMS Orion, he was attracted to Methodist evangelistic work in Singapore...
The Spirit helps us to pray

The Spirit helps us to pray

May 2008     ON PENTECOST SUNDAY, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Christians are those who are led by the Spirit of God. On Pentecost, the apostles were given the gift of speaking and hearing. This is a day of Christian communication. Humorist Bob Orben tells how his son came home...

European Methodists establish Methodist E-Academy

Apr 2008     MOSCOW – A new institution that aims to provide theological education via the Internet was named the Methodist E-Academy at a recent meeting of the United Methodist Theological Schools in Europe (UMTSE). An ongoing project since 2006, the academy’s development has been led by an advisory board chaired by Bishop...

How Church can help the marginalised

Apr 2008     CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIAN OUTREACH AND SOCIAL CONCERN A CONFERENCE on Christian Outreach and Social Concern will be held at Wesley Hall, Wesley Methodist Church, on April 18 and 19. It aims to create an awareness for the marginalised people and help Christians express compassion and care for their well-being. “Breaking...
A new mission: War on gambling addiction

A new mission: War on gambling addiction

Apr 2008     MY EARLY retirement from the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) last year was a surprise to many people. However, as an ordained minister, I am called by God to a lifetime of servant leadership in specialised ministries among the people of God. I have not retired from the pastoral ministry but...
Newly-commissioned missionary to Nepal declares:  ‘I am flag bearer for Jesus’

Newly-commissioned missionary to Nepal declares: ‘I am flag bearer for Jesus’

Apr 2008     IHAD been waiting anxiously for the day of my commissioning by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon as a missionary to Nepal on Feb 10, 2008. I was filled with great excitement. In his message, the Bishop encouraged me to “continue carrying the flag of Christ” even though at times there would...
Can you trust the biblical record?

Can you trust the biblical record?

Apr 2008     Our Christian origins CAN we trust the New Testament record about Jesus and Christian origins? Some recent books and movies, such as “The Gospel of Judas” and “The Da Vinci Code”, have raised fresh doubts about the integrity of Christian foundations as found in the gospels by suggesting that there...
Pentecost and the Teacher

Pentecost and the Teacher

Apr 2008     The Rev Preston L. Peach, Methodist missionary educator for his entire service (1914-1949), had been a trained engineer before coming out East. As Principal of Anglo-Chinese School Singapore, Methodist Boys’ School Kuala Lumpur, Sentul and Penang, as well as Methodist Education Secretary, his vision and experience provide a fitting background...
Me, a preacher and a teacher?

Me, a preacher and a teacher?

Apr 2008     THE ministry of preaching and teaching is a holy calling that is accompanied by a most solemn responsibility, that of faithful and responsible study and instruction of God’s holy Word to the end that the saints of God be strengthened in their faith, walk and work in the Lord. I...
Methodist students ‘Stay Tuned’

Methodist students ‘Stay Tuned’

Mar 2008     METHODIST students at Trinity Theological College converged on the South Buona Vista campus of the National Community Leadership Training Institute from Jan 18 to 20 in order to “Stay Tuned”. The annual retreat, which drew 38 ministry and post-graduate students, was called “Stay Tuned”, with emphasis on faithfulness to the...
Respond to God’s plans, women urged

Respond to God’s plans, women urged

Mar 2008     THANKSGIVING SERVICE OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE LIKE a master portrait-artist, God has plans for us – and He gives us the opportunity to participate in His work of shaping our lives so that the finished picture will be in accordance with His purpose. Our part...
9th General Conference to be held from Sept 8-12, Dec 4-5

9th General Conference to be held from Sept 8-12, Dec 4-5

Mar 2008     THE Ninth Session of the General Conference of The Methodist Church in Singapore will be held from Sept 8 to 12 and Dec 4 and 5, 2008 at Sophia Blackmore Hall, 6th floor, Methodist Centre. The theme is “Rooted and Built up in Christ” (Col 2:7). The conference sessions will be...
Difficulties missionaries face

Difficulties missionaries face

Mar 2008     Pioneer Methodist missionary W. E. Horley, who faithfully and successfully served the Mission for 40 years, penned this telling critique of the difficulties which missionaries faced, and still face. This may perhaps give us a better understanding of what missionary work entails. ‘LET us look at a few of the...
Aldersgate Convention: Challenging insights about the end times

Aldersgate Convention: Challenging insights about the end times

Mar 2008     THE Aldersgate Convention 2008, to be held from May 19 to 24, will present challenging insights and vital inspiration about the end times from the teachings of the New Testament. With the theme, “The Road to Glory: The Future in Wesleyan Perspective”, the convention will feature two speakers, the Rev...
When talking tough to teenagers is good

When talking tough to teenagers is good

Mar 2008     JENNY, a mother of three teenagers, recently expressed to me her fear that both her daughter and son seemed to be flirting with things that were harmful to their spiritual health. I asked her what made her think this. She said that both had come home with the smell of...

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: No repentance, no forgiveness

Feb 2008     What was Jesus referring to when he spoke of the unpardonable sin? THROUGHOUT the history of the Church, Christians of every stripe have wondered about the meaning of Jesus’ statement regarding the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which is recorded in all three synoptic Gospels (Matt 12:31-32; Mark 3:28-30; and...
Missionary’s boat journey to Sarawak’s ‘New Foochow’

Missionary’s boat journey to Sarawak’s ‘New Foochow’

Feb 2008     The Rev Ling Ching Mi, a respected scholar and District Superintendent of the Foochow Annual Conference, was recruited for work in Singapore, and arrived in 1897. He became the founding pastor of the Foochow Church whose members were then worshipping at the Middle Road Church. Here, he gives a moving...
Living with foreigners: Let’s make a difference

Living with foreigners: Let’s make a difference

Feb 2008     ‘Is there a difference if Indonesian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Chinese, Myanmar or Cambodian helpers and workers work for a Christian? Is God’s love for humanity through us obvious to them?’ BINTULU (Sarawak) – For years I have been living with aliens, but actually I was the alien. The Khmer word for...
Single parenting: Promises of new beginnings

Single parenting: Promises of new beginnings

Jan 2008     IN OCTOBER 2006, while on our first mission trip to Myanmar to teach English as a foreign language, a participant tossed the idea of organising a workshop for single parents by connect@ brmc. After praying over it for several months, we held the first workshop on July 21, 2007. We...
CORNISH DELIGHTS

CORNISH DELIGHTS

Jan 2008     THE evening of Oct 17, 2007 saw 85 silver-haired Cornishmen troop onto the stage of the Esplanade Concert Hall. Under the watchful eye and attentive ear of their Musical Director, Elaine Tangye, they regaled the delighted flag-waving audience with a mix of old Cornish favourites and hymn arrangements, including “Myfanwy”,...
ETAC boards working together to maximise resources: President

ETAC boards working together to maximise resources: President

Jan 2008     32ND SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 9-10, 2007 REFERRING to the Conference theme for 2007, “Empowering the Community”, ETAC President Rev James Nagulan noted with satisfaction that Conference boards began to work together to maximise the use of resources and were involved in programmes divided into four headings...
CAC members ‘more willing to give financially’

CAC members ‘more willing to give financially’

Jan 2008     32ND SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 12-15, 2007 IN PRESENTING his report for the year 2007, the Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), gave thanks for a good year in which consistent and sacrificial effort was made by Conference boards and individuals. Speaking...
Sixth MOE Humanities Programme Centre at ACJC

Sixth MOE Humanities Programme Centre at ACJC

Jan 2008     THE Ministry of Education (MOE) has established a sixth Humanities Programme centre at Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) to nurture talent in the humanities. The programme will include the Humanities Scholarships, which are offered by the MOE to encourage outstanding students to study the humanities at the pre-university level. ACJC has...
The day Sophia Blackmore went to church with New Guinea natives

The day Sophia Blackmore went to church with New Guinea natives

Jan 2008     Accompanying Isabella Leonard on board the “Stettin”, Sophia Blackmore experienced probably her first encounter with natives. She was on her way to India (and Singapore) to becoming a missionary for nearly 40 years. Here, she recounts the Sunday in 1887 spent at a Wesleyan service in the little town of...
Missions: We need to pray, to be involved, to be used by God

Missions: We need to pray, to be involved, to be used by God

Jan 2008     Lessons from the first foreign mission undertaken by Barnabas and Saul WHILE the early chapters of the book of Acts are about the activities of individual missionaries such as Peter, Paul and Barnabas, Acts 13 records the first time a local congregation engaging in an outreach beyond its own community....

Beware of film out ‘to kill God’

Dec 2007     AFILM which is scheduled to be shown in Singapore cinemas this month is causing great concern among Christians. And they should be – and rightly so. The children’s movie, entitled “The Golden Compass”, has been described as “atheism for kids”. It is based on the first book of a trilogy...
Church must participate more in public discussions: Bishop

Church must participate more in public discussions: Bishop

Dec 2007     LAY LEADERS who gathered recently for the Bishop’s Lunch Fellowship were told that the church needs to learn some new habits to participate in public discussions. “Things have changed in Singapore,” Bishop Dr Robert Solomon said at his presentation on Public Square Issues. “Issues are being discussed more, and we...
Is there NO room for our Master?

Is there NO room for our Master?

Dec 2007     When S. M. Thevathasan, the future Presiding Elder of the Methodist churches during the Japanese Occupation wrote this Christmas reflection in 1926, he was teaching at ACS. Teaching Scripture and Latin, he possessed a sharp mind and fluent pen. Here he shares a reminder with 21st century Christians who forget...
Aldersgate Convention 2008  to be held at Wesley MC

Aldersgate Convention 2008 to be held at Wesley MC

Dec 2007     It will feature programmes in English and Mandarin WESLEY Methodist Church has been confirmed as the venue for the next Aldersgate Convention, May 19 to 24, 2008, and it will feature two speakers who will talk on the theme, “The Road to Glory: The Future in Wesleyan Perspective”. Topics will...
THE GOLDEN RULE

THE GOLDEN RULE

Dec 2007     SOME years ago, Duke University gave an honorary degree to High Thompson. On March 16, 1968, Thompson, a young helicopter pilot, was flying on patrol over the countryside of Vietnam. When he and his crew flew over the village of My Lai, they saw a nightmare below them. The United States Army troops, under the constant pressure of danger...

THE TWENTY-THIRD REVISITED

Nov 2007     THE Lord keeps the meadows of my faith green; In the dry deserts of unbelief that circumscribe me, he fills my bones with the marrow of new vision; He regenerates cells dead with the trampling of time; He restores the spring in the sinews of weary feet. The birds of...
Some ducks – they bring in $850,000!

Some ducks – they bring in $850,000!

Nov 2007     The SCS Great Singapore Duck Race 2007 EIGHTY-FIVE THOUSAND rubber ducks swam down the Singapore River in the SCS Great Singapore Duck Race 2007 on Sept 9. Each had been “adopted” at $10 by members of the public. A total of $850,000 was raised for seven charities, including two Methodist...
A long and distinguished service

A long and distinguished service

Nov 2007     Another Methodist layman we remember is Yong Ngim Djin who gave practically the whole of his adult life to the service of the Methodist Church and Anglo-Chinese School which had nurtured him in his youth. THE man with arguably the longest direct and continued association with Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) and The...

Further reflections on global warming

Nov 2007     Global Warning: Local Acting WHEN we were preparing to leave the United States after completing our studies, our friends asked us, “What will you miss about the States when you return to Singapore?” Our reply was, “Apart from friends and the four seasons, we will miss the recycling bins!” We...
Methodist Girls’ School celebrates 120th Founder’s Day

Methodist Girls’ School celebrates 120th Founder’s Day

Oct 2007     Reach for the stars, Minister tells MGS girls METHODIST GIRLS’ SCHOOL (MGS) celebrated 120 years of its founding on July 25, 2007 Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Second Minister for Information, Communication and the Arts, was the Guest-of-Honour at the Founder’s Day Service and...

What is a Christian school?

Oct 2007     ON ONE occasion when John Wesley was feeling particularly exasperated at the way things had developed at Kingswood, the school he founded near Bristol, he exclaimed: “I will have a Christian school or I will have no school at all.” What is a Christian school? When we describe the ACS...
Three pastors take part in Osim Singapore International Triathlon to raise funds

Three pastors take part in Osim Singapore International Triathlon to raise funds

Oct 2007     Their swim, biking and run net $225,000 for MWS THREE pastors, the Rev Dr Norman Wong, the Rev Alvin Chan and the Rev Lim Jen Huat, exchanged their clerical collars for sports gear on July 29, 2007 to swim, cycle and run in the Osim Singapore International Triathlon to raise...
Trelawny Male Choir to present sacred, classical and pop pieces

Trelawny Male Choir to present sacred, classical and pop pieces

Oct 2007     THE Trelawny Male Choir, formed to carry out a tour of Singapore and New Zealand to promote Cornish music and singing, will be performing at the Esplanade Concert Hall on Oct 17, 2007 at 7.30 pm. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Methodist School of Music (MSM) fund. The...

Second commandment does not prohibit use of images in worship

Oct 2007     It simply warns against confounding these images with God Are Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians disobeying the second commandment when they use images and icons in worship? THERE is no consensus on the interpretation of Exodus 20:4-6. Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians maintain that these verses refer not to Christian icons...

Unfit school teachers

Oct 2007     As we celebrate Children’s Day this month in our Methodist Schools, it is worth reflecting on the relevance of teacher behaviour in dealing with their pupils. This short, but powerful, article came out a century ago, but, its message continues to be a challenge to teachers whose actions speak louder...
When you get disheartened by the church

When you get disheartened by the church

Oct 2007     A CHURCH member spoke to me after a worship service about his difficulties with his church. He felt that the church was not living up to its calling. He revealed his frustrations about the lack of commitment and seriousness among church members, and the fact that some, if not many, were...
MWS Charity Golf nets $215,000

MWS Charity Golf nets $215,000

Sep 2007     THE Methodist Welfare Services’ (MWS) Charity Golf Fellowship has not lost its power to gather Methodists and friends for a round on the greens. More than 200 avid golfers descended on Raffles Country Club’s Lake Coure on July 10 to take part in this year’s fund-raising tournament. Close to 60...
Aldersgate 2008 to focus on Revelation

Aldersgate 2008 to focus on Revelation

Sep 2007     ALDERSGATE Convention 2008, scheduled for May 19 to 24, will feature the Rev Dr Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He will present three evening talks, concluding by preaching for the Aldersgate Service on May 24, a Saturday evening. The venue has yet to be...
Six BB  Primers receive President’s Award

Six BB Primers receive President’s Award

Sep 2007     SIX Primers received The President’s Award, the most prestigious award of The Boys’ Brigade (BB), from President S. R. Nathan at the Istana on July 10, 2007. The President’s Award represents the epitome of the Primers’ training in The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore. The highest award of the BB, it...
Social service veteran fills key MCS position

Social service veteran fills key MCS position

Sep 2007     David Ong appointed new Director of Finance, Administration and Programmes MR DAVID ONG, a long-time church leader who has been involved in the social service sector for about 40 years, has been appointed the Director of Finance, Administration and Programmes (DFAP) of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS). He starts...
Ipoh ACS one of Malaysia’s most illustrious schools

Ipoh ACS one of Malaysia’s most illustrious schools

Sep 2007     In remembering the Methodist school movement in Singapore and Malaya, we are reminded that it followed the example of John Wesley who founded Kingswood School in 1748 to join “knowledge and vital piety” in young people as a stewardship of talent. The more than 70 Primary and Secondary Methodist Schools...

GLOBAL WARNING

Sep 2007     A reflection on global warming ON Aldersgate Day 2006, a documentary film on global warming presented by the former Vice- President of the United States, Mr Al Gore, opened in New York and Los Angeles. The film, “An Inconvenient Truth”, went on to win the Academy Award for Best Documentary...
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...
James Supramaniam: Fine scholar, distinguished  churchman and community leader

James Supramaniam: Fine scholar, distinguished churchman and community leader

Aug 2007     The remarkable story of the Rev James A. Supramaniam is worth telling because he stood out not only as a young man made good, but made good use of his talent to preach and teach in Methodist churches and schools for more than 40 years. A reminder of this was...
A CLEAN FIGHT

A CLEAN FIGHT

Aug 2007     Lessons from a disagreement between Paul and Barnabas WHAT happens when sincere believers with similar concerns for the faith have differences in opinion? Has one heard “God’s will” while the other has not because he wants to pursue a different track? Is one right and the other wrong? An incident...
GCChristian women leaders coming for dialogue

GCChristian women leaders coming for dialogue

Jul 2007     METHODIST and other Christian women leaders from Asia and the United States of America will gather in Singapore at the end of the month to pick up leadership skills and to discuss societal issues and the role of Christian women. They will be here from July 29 to Aug 3...
IN PRAISE OF GOD:  A testimony by Glenn Knight

IN PRAISE OF GOD: A testimony by Glenn Knight

Jul 2007     MR GLENN KNIGHT: "God answered my prayers." “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say this.” – Psalm 107:1-2 WHEN I was elected President of the Anglo- Chinese School Old Boys’ Association (ACSOBA) in 1990, the Rev Dr...
Sailing solo with Christ at the helm

Sailing solo with Christ at the helm

Jul 2007     Singles ministry connect@brmc celebrates 1st anniversary connect@brmc celebrated its first anniversary on May 5, 2007 at Wesley Hall. It was a time of thanksgiving and praise as we recalled God’s faithfulness throughout the one year when the singles ministry for those 35 years and above was inaugurated. As the musicians...
ALDERSGATE HYMN FESTIVAL at Victoria Concert Hall

ALDERSGATE HYMN FESTIVAL at Victoria Concert Hall

Jul 2007     Aldersgate Hymn Festival 2007: Let the music begin! The MSM Ringers leading a procession down the aisle, handbells chiming the start of the Hymn Festival. A lovely evening – and a thousand tongues thrilled THE Aldersgate Hymn Festival, a jubilee of Wesleyan poetry and song, thrilled a thousand tongues and ears...
Bukit Panjang Methodist Church  celebrates 70 years of blessings

Bukit Panjang Methodist Church celebrates 70 years of blessings

Jul 2007     Combined worship service, publication and dinner mark the special day FOR worshippers at Bukit Panjang Methodist Church (BPMC), the Sunday of June 3, 2007 will be a special day to remember for a long time to come. On that beautiful Sunday, the church reached a significant milestone in its history and...
Continue to seek God,  Bishop tells congregation

Continue to seek God, Bishop tells congregation

Jul 2007     Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church turns 80 PASIR PANJANG Tamil Methodist Church celebrated its 80th anniversary on June 3, 2007. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon delivered the message from Matt 5:11-12. He called on the church members to live in the ever-present light of God and challenged them to seek God...
Creator God is ‘the one who keeps the universe in existence’

Creator God is ‘the one who keeps the universe in existence’

Jul 2007     HOW can God be known? After all, the universe is a huge place and any God who created it must be even bigger. How can our finite minds ever understand God? These issues must always be beyond us. But as a Christian what if God, the infinite God, decided to reveal himself...
Only a five-footer, but he stood tall in missionary service

Only a five-footer, but he stood tall in missionary service

Jul 2007     Retired missionary Dr Douglas Wingeier recalls his maternal grandfather, Charles S. Buchanan, who came to Singapore in 1896, taught at Anglo-Chinese School and became Principal from 1903 to 1905. His preparation and attitude made him and his wife devoted and effective missionaries when they went to Java in 1907 to...
Appreciating our Wesleyan hymns

Appreciating our Wesleyan hymns

Jul 2007     WE METHODISTS are known as a singing people. The singing of songs and hymns is integral to our liturgy and worship experiences. The Wesley brothers, John and Charles, had a shared theology and together they gave us many theologically profound hymns. This year, Methodists from all over the world are celebrating...
The day Puppet Igloo and friends win WSCS women’s hearts

The day Puppet Igloo and friends win WSCS women’s hearts

Jun 2007     Puppetry workshop at GC-WSCS’ LifeHub@Sophia Blackmore Hall PUPPETS came alive when Ms Lee Hwee Chin, from CAST Puppet Ministry, Wesley Methodist Church, brought Igloo and friends to Sophia Blackmore Hall on April 27, 2007. It was the first puppetry workshop organised by the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service...
Seniors uplifted and recharged to serve the Lord

Seniors uplifted and recharged to serve the Lord

Jun 2007     TRAC-MALAYSIAN SENIORS FELLOWSHIP CAMP AT BUKIT TINGGI, PAHANG FORTY-THREE seniors from various Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) churches waited eagerly at Newton car park for the coach on March 27, 2007 at 6.30 am to take them to Berjaya Hills Resort at Bukit Tinggi, Pahang for the TRAC-Malaysian Seniors Fellowship (MSF)...
When ‘fantastic nonsense’ became fantastic missions

When ‘fantastic nonsense’ became fantastic missions

Jun 2007     The Rev Trevor Hancock, Methodist Missionary who served in Sarawak, gives us an eye-opening account of Thomas Coke, Methodism’s first bishop in America, whose zeal for preaching and missions was worthy of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. ‘… IN THE main street of the small Welsh town of Brecon...
The passion of church-based youth workers

The passion of church-based youth workers

Jun 2007     CHURCHES that are growing and dynamic almost always have a strong culture and history of youth ministry. With this thought in mind I set out to understand the youth ministry in Singapore through the eyes of paid church youth workers. In the second half of 2006 I conducted formal interviews...
Retired missionary Harry Haines dies

Retired missionary Harry Haines dies

May 2007     RETIRED Methodist missionary Rev J. Harry Haines (picture above) passed away at the age of 89 on March 29, 2007 in Eugene, Oregon, leaving behind his wife, Loma Housley and two surviving sons. His missionary service spanned a total of 38 years, beginning in west China in the 1940s, then...
Lay leaders reflect on faith formation

Lay leaders reflect on faith formation

May 2007     BISHOP’S FELLOWSHIP WITH CHURCH LEADERS “SPIRITUAL formation has to do with making us holy.” With these words, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon engaged in a discussion with lay leaders on the topic “Teaching the Faith: Nurture and Formation”. He told the leaders at the lunch fellowship at Methodist Centre on March...
Aldersgate Hymn Festival to premiere 10 new Asian musical settings for Wesley’s hymns

Aldersgate Hymn Festival to premiere 10 new Asian musical settings for Wesley’s hymns

May 2007     Event celebrates Charles Wesley’s 300th birthday New arrangements composed by seven Asian musicians HOW better to celebrate the 300th birthday of Charles Wesley than to hear and sing his hymns in fresh new Asian settings? Singaporeans will have the chance to do just that at the Aldersgate Hymn Festival on...
Fore! The BB hits $100,000

Fore! The BB hits $100,000

May 2007     BOYS’ BRIGADE CHARITY GOLF 2007 THE Boys’ Brigade Charity Golf 2007 was teed off on a sunny March 6 afternoon. The golfers played hard at the Tampines Course in Tanah Merah Country Club, which was not surprising especially when the hole-in-one prize was the attractive Lexus RX400h. This was the...
HOME PAGE Aldersgate Service: Directions to the venue

HOME PAGE Aldersgate Service: Directions to the venue

May 2007     THIS year’s Aldersgate Service and the three evening talks will be held at the Centre for Performing Arts, ACS (Independent), at 121 Dover Road at 7.45 pm each evening. To help those going to these events, here are the directions to the venue. The Centre for Performing Arts (CPA) is located at...
Isabella Thoburn: A worthy tribute for Mother’s Day

Isabella Thoburn: A worthy tribute for Mother’s Day

May 2007     Bishop James Thoburn’s sister, Isabella, who founded the women’s college in Lucknow, India, remembered their mother’s strict training which stood the family in good stead through hard times. Preferring a low profile but always ready to render Christian service, she was a pillar of strength, a worthy tribute for Mother’s...
Essentials in the practice of mission

Essentials in the practice of mission

May 2007     IN RECENT years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of mission trips to poorer countries neighbouring Singapore. This prompts us to ask, “What is it that helps towards an effective mission practice?” There are three elements that can be identified as essential in good mission practice, namely,...
Lively reflection for TTC students

Lively reflection for TTC students

Apr 2007     THE Scripture Union campsite on Sentosa was alive to lively fellowship, study and reflection on the weekend of Jan 26-28 when about 40 Methodist students at Trinity Theological College (TTC) converged for their annual retreat. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon spoke on the topic, “At the Crossroads: Listen Before You Leap”,...
Triple joy for Charis MC

Triple joy for Charis MC

Apr 2007     1 Chronicles 22:5 David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendour in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before...

Abortion is ‘wilful destruction of a human being’

Apr 2007     What should be the Christian attitude towards abortion? WITHOUT a doubt, abortion is one of the most divisive and controversial issues of our day. People have strong views about abortion because it is never merely an issue of social preferences. For some the abortion issue has to do with personal autonomy, while...
Methodist School of Music celebrates 10 years of God’s blessing

Methodist School of Music celebrates 10 years of God’s blessing

Apr 2007     A DECADE passes with the blink of an eye … or so it seems. “Sent Forth by God’s Blessing” was the herald for the evening’s celebration of the Methodist School of Music’s 10th anniversary on Feb 3, 2007. The Gala Dinner held at Raffles Town Club was graced by Bishop...
What senior citizens can do in the final chapter of their life journey

What senior citizens can do in the final chapter of their life journey

Apr 2007     Seminar on ‘Ageing with Active Lifestyle – Challenges and Opportunities’ MORE than 300 seniors from 18 Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) churches and several non-Methodist churches attended a seminar on “Ageing with Active Lifestyle – Challenges and Opportunities” at Sophia Blackmore Hall, Methodist Centre, on Jan 30, 2007 Organised by the...
Jesus: Lord of pop culture?

Jesus: Lord of pop culture?

Apr 2007     REV DR WILSON WHEN it comes to sharing the Gospel, most Christians would probably agree with missiologist Hendrik Kraemer when he talks about meeting listeners on their own terms. He writes, “Communication involves the communicator having somehow discerned which are the obstacles to the receipt of the message in such...
DYING TO SAVE

DYING TO SAVE

Apr 2007     Methodist work in Poerbolinggo, an East Java town, had started in 1916 in response to a request from the Chinese community for a teacher whose salary was met by the local school organisation. To this school was appointed the Rev Leroy Akerson, a young missionary who had begun his ministry...
Two approaches, one purpose

Two approaches, one purpose

Apr 2007     Why MMS has two different child sponsorship schemes ANUMBER of people have asked me, “Why does MMS have two different child sponsorship schemes?” At present you can support a child through the MMS (Methodist Missions Society) for either $30 a month or $90 a month. Here is the short answer:...
US Methodist church gives $73,000 to MMS for tsunami work

US Methodist church gives $73,000 to MMS for tsunami work

Mar 2007     MEMBERS of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas, have donated US$47,941.30 (S$73,350) to the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) to help the Singapore agency carry out its rehabilitation work in the 2004 tsunami-hit fishing village near Phuket. A cheque for the amount was sent to the MMS following the American...

Angels are God’s special creatures

Mar 2007     Do angels exist? What are they like, and what is their role in God’s plan? THERE seem to be two extreme responses to the reality of angels among Christians today. On one end of the spectrum, some Christians seem to dismiss angels as a myth that no one in this...

Penal Code: Proposed changes ‘relevant and compassionate’ – says National Council of Churches of Singapore

Mar 2007     THE National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) is of the view that generally speaking, the proposed amendments to the Penal Code (PC) are relevant, timely, compassionate and appear well thought through. In presenting this feedback, the NCCS is mindful of the role of governing authorities and the Scriptural injunction to...
A good soldier of Jesus Christ

A good soldier of Jesus Christ

Mar 2007     The Rev W. E. Horley, after 35 years of missionary service in Malaya, visited a historic Methodist church in Bristol and was reminded of Captain Thomas Webb, who probably preached the first Methodist sermon in America and was instrumental in establishing the first Methodist church in Philadelphia. Capt Thomas Webb...

Pass it on: Tradition is a verb

Mar 2007     HAS the song, “Pass it on”, become a tradition? The question was brought home to me during an opening praise time as the worship leader was vamping up to the song. Speaking over sentimental guitar strumming, he recalled how the song had especially touched him as a youth. He went...
Retired SAF colonel is new BB President

Retired SAF colonel is new BB President

Feb 2007     THE Boys’ Brigade (BB) in Singapore has elected a new president – Mr Tan Kok Heng. Mr Tan, or Colonel Tan as he was addressed as until August 2006 when he retired from the Singapore Armed Forces after 27 years, is currently a Deputy Director in the Personnel Division in...
MSM plans to launch music programme	 at BB centre	 in Siem Reap

MSM plans to launch music programme at BB centre in Siem Reap

Feb 2007     AT THE invitation of The Boys’ Brigade of Singapore, a team of 10 teachers and an administrative staff member from the Methodist School of Music (MSM) visited the Boys’ Brigade Learning Centre (BBLC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The four-day visit from Sept 17 to 20 enabled them to gain a...

Hathach: I worry for my mistress Queen Esther

Feb 2007     In this series we shall focus on a category of (generally) nameless and overlooked characters in the Old Testament – the servants. In the social and economic structures of the day, households were large establishments, comprising the family, together with the extended family of siblings, relatives, concubines, children and a...

Tongues-speech: Paul counselled propriety, not prohibition

Feb 2007     What is the purpose of speaking and praying in tongues? Should all Christians speak in tongues? ALTHOUGH the phenomenon of speaking in tongues is described in only two books in the New Testament – Acts and 1 Corinthians – it has attracted much attention and controversy in the church. No...
Thine is the Kingdom – A Musical Reflection

Thine is the Kingdom – A Musical Reflection

Feb 2007     HAVING created a new tune for the Lord’s Prayer at the request of a member of our community at Trinity Theological College as she found that Malotte’s version of the Lord’s Prayer rather unforgiving for those with limited vocal range, I forwarded it to my Indonesian liturgics scholar friend for...
The Dyak Pilgrim’s Progress

The Dyak Pilgrim’s Progress

Feb 2007     On a visit to Borneo, Methodist Missionary Rev F. H. Sullivan, who was attached to Oldham Hall and was a pastor of the Baba Church, came upon the remarkable way in which the Gospel of Mark changed the life of Wan Dangie, a Dyak native who lived in the wild...
Neighbours are rich and poor

Neighbours are rich and poor

Feb 2007     IN THE movie, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, the gypsy sings her prayer: “God help the outcast, hungry from birth. Show them the mercy they don’t find on earth. God help my people win them to you still. God help the outcast when nobody will … Please help my people, the poor and down trod. I thought we...
Holiday with a difference

Holiday with a difference

Jan 2007     WHEN the Barker Road Methodist Church singles ministry, Connect@brmc, was inaugurated in May 2006, one of its mission statements was “to serve the community locally and in missions”. We were looking for a place to go on a short mission and when Operation Mobilisation (OM) invited us to participate in...
Response needed to new challenges: TRAC President

Response needed to new challenges: TRAC President

Jan 2007     31ST SESSION OF TRINITY ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 20-23, 2006 SIGNIFICANT changes have taken place in Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) and they present challenges which need a response. This was stated by the Rev Wee Boon Hup, President of TRAC, in his address on the second day of the 31st Session of...
ETAC head: Our strength is in our conference programmes

ETAC head: Our strength is in our conference programmes

Jan 2007     31ST SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 10-11, 2006 EMMANUAL Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) is a relatively small conference with limited resources, but conference programmes provide excellent opportunities for churches to build unity, harness synergies and to be connected to one another. ETAC President, the Rev James Nagulan, reminded his...
Help raise more faithful workers, CAC members told

Help raise more faithful workers, CAC members told

Jan 2007     31ST SESSION OF CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 13-16, 2006 CHINESE Annual Conference (CAC) members have been urged to help raise more faithful workers, including effective pastors. Making the call on the second day of the 31st Session of the CAC at TA2 in Telok Blangah Road, the Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot,...
Church music don to give

Church music don to give

Jan 2007     PROFESSOR Michael Hawn, a distinguished musician and scholar, will be giving a series of lectures on “The Theology of Congregational Songs and Worship” at Trinity Theological College this month. He will also be conducting three special events. They are: “A Hymn Festival” (free admission) at Trinity Theological College Chapel on...
All loans repaid two years after TA2 building was completed

All loans repaid two years after TA2 building was completed

Jan 2007     Dedication of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church Second Sanctuary (TA2) IT WAS approximately the year 960 BC. King Solomon had just overseen the completion of the construction of the Temple at Jerusalem and the people held a glorious dedication celebration. King Solomon prayed and consecrated the temple and the courtyard. Scores...
These evangelistic talks will appeal to scientific minds too

These evangelistic talks will appeal to scientific minds too

Jan 2007     THE 2007 Aldersgate Convention from May 19 to 24 will bring an evangelistic emphasis with special appeal to Singapore’s increasingly high-tech and scientific society. The Rev Dr David Wilkinson will speak nightly at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) at Dover Road on topics at the intersection of Christian faith and science, linking the...
Men who won’t remain silent

Men who won’t remain silent

Jan 2007     Missionary Richard Babcock recounts his extraordinary experiences on a trip to Bangka, off Sumatra, and Christians who made it an island of faith and hope. '...THE purpose of our visit to Bangka was to search out a group of Chinese workers at a mining settlement on the isolated west coast...
Young people can be Godbearers too

Young people can be Godbearers too

Jan 2007     IN MY office hangs a poster of the painting Dalit Madonna by Jyoti Sahi, an artist and practical theologian from South India. The Eastern orthodox tradition calls Mary Theotokos, or “Godbearer”, because she quite literally bore God’s presence into the world. A friend of mine tells me that God specialises...
Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with us

Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with us

Jan 2007     A FEW years ago, my family and I visited Ground Zero in New York City. There was a long line of visitors. While gazing at the rocks and concrete where the World Trade Center once stood, something caught my attention. I saw, at a corner, the remains of a steel...

Servant Baruch finds joy in working with a man of God

Dec 2006     In this series we shall focus on a category of (generally) nameless and overlooked characters in the Old Testament – the servants. In the social and economic structures of the day, households were large establishments, comprising the family, together with the extended family of siblings, relatives, concubines, children and a...
Rekindling old ties and making new friends in a relaxed atmosphere

Rekindling old ties and making new friends in a relaxed atmosphere

Dec 2006     ON A cool Friday evening, Aug 11, 2006, about 1,300 staff members from all the Methodist schools in Singapore gathered for the annual Methodist Schools Staff Get-Together. We were privileged to have Bishop Dr Robert Solomon as our Guest-of-Honour, who was also the speaker at the worship service. With the...
Fairfield schools’ musical reflects God’s faithfulness

Fairfield schools’ musical reflects God’s faithfulness

Dec 2006     Transforming ‘A Bright New World’ from book to musical IT WAS a musical with a difference boasting an original script and music, and an exciting collaboration between Fairfield Methodist Secondary School and Fairfield Methodist Primary School. More importantly, it traced the rich history of Fairfield’s 118 years, spanning traumatic global...
Dedication Service of ACS (International) Jakarta

Dedication Service of ACS (International) Jakarta

Dec 2006     We will nurture our students to be God-fearing: ACSBOG chief THE first Anglo-Chinese School outside Singapore, ACS (International) Jakarta, had its official opening and Dedication Service in Jakarta on Nov 8, 2006. Bishop Dr H. Doloksaribu, Bishop of Indonesia (Region I), officiated at the Dedication Service. Among those present were Mr...
Oldham was saved for service

Oldham was saved for service

Dec 2006     A letter written by the Rev William F. Oldham on Sept 9, 1889 to Dr Jonas Peck, Corresponding Secretary of the (Methodist) Missionary Society, is preserved on microfilm in the Archives. It helps us understand the background of the man and his fruitful ministry. IT IS no exaggeration to say...
Double joy at ACJC as two win President’s Scholarship 2006

Double joy at ACJC as two win President’s Scholarship 2006

Nov 2006     THIS year, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) won top national honours in education when two of its students were awarded the prestigious President’s Scholarship. The two, Miss Tan Li Feng and Miss Chai Jishan, were selected from a group of 39 top students in Singapore. There are two other President’s Scholars...
Heartwarming fellowship at 2nd BB Coy’s 75th Anniversary dinner

Heartwarming fellowship at 2nd BB Coy’s 75th Anniversary dinner

Nov 2006     A happy day as these Boys of the 2nd BB Company march in to attend the worship service preceding the 75th Anniversary Dinner. – BB picture. THE 2nd Boys’ Brigade Company celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a dinner on Sept 15, 2006 at the SAFRA Mount Faber. The 2nd Company,...
Stanley Ling inducted as SIM East Asia head

Stanley Ling inducted as SIM East Asia head

Nov 2006     A CHINESE Annual Conference lay leader, Dr Stanley Ling How Chiong, is now the Regional Director of SIM East Asia. He was inducted at a servbice at Ang Mo Kio Chinese Methodist Church on Aug 5, 2006. As Chairman of the Board of Missions of the Chinese Annual Conference, he is...
Lay leaders  discuss challenge of reaching out to nominal Christians

Lay leaders discuss challenge of reaching out to nominal Christians

Nov 2006     SHOULD lay leadership be concerned about nominalism in the church? That was a question that Bishop Dr Robert Solomon raised at a gathering of lay leaders and Local Church Executive Chairmen (LCEC) chairmen and their associates. More than 80 local church leaders came to Sophia Blackmore Hall at Methodist Centre on Sept 30 for the twice-yearly fellowship lunch...

ETAC programme to minister to people from Indian sub-continent

Nov 2006     EMMANUEL Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) launched its New Ministry Initiatives (NMI) at Tamil Methodist Church, Short Street, on Sept 23, 2006. At its 30th Session last year, ETAC resolved that it would broaden its ministry, which was traditionally targeted at the Tamil-speaking community in Singapore. The new focus would be...
Theologian-astrophysicist to explore connection between faith and science

Theologian-astrophysicist to explore connection between faith and science

Nov 2006     IS SCIENCE in conflict with the Bible? How should Christians think of the Big Bang and the possibility of extraterrestrial life? Can scientific theories become bridges for evangelism? These are some of the issues to be tackled by the Rev Dr David Wilkinson at the 2007 Aldersgate Convention from May...
Evangelising outside the comfort zone

Evangelising outside the comfort zone

Nov 2006     The Rev William Shellabear recounts a brief evangelistic visit in rural Singapore 105 years ago. It wasn’t up to five-star standards, but he shared the Word with those who came to listen, in company with the pigs and fowls and their peculiar odours! ‘…A VISIT to the homes of the market...
Community and Compassion

Community and Compassion

Nov 2006     THE Church is a faith community governed by the love of Christ. It seeks to help people experience God and build quality relationships with each other. As secularisation increases, paradoxically, there is also an increase in religiosity in the world. Is the Church positioned to address real human needs, promote...
Helping Christians to respond to dementia patients’ needs

Helping Christians to respond to dementia patients’ needs

Oct 2006     AWORKSHOP to help Christian caregivers understand and respond to the needs of persons with dementia from a Christian perspective was held on July 22, 2006 at Sophia Blackmore Hall at Methodist Centre. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Kwok Sian Yee, Executive Officer of the Bethany Home Help Service, and conducted...

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Oct 2006     SUNDAY, July 23, 2006 was set aside as Methodist Schools Sunday, a day commemorating the work and contribution of schools with a Methodist tradition in Singapore. Today, 14 schools on our island fly the banner of The Methodist Church in Singapore, each of which can trace its heritage to the pioneering...
A Jolly good fellow!

A Jolly good fellow!

Oct 2006     Mrs Jolly Low playing for the ESN girls at Sophia Blackmore Hall. With her is Mrs Angeline Tambyah, 73, another volunteer pianist and teacher. – Methodist Message picture. At 92, Mrs Low still serves GC-WSCS by playing the piano “Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses Let us run...

The Lord’s Supper is the expression of church unity

Oct 2006     Can you please explain the meaning of the Lord’s Supper? I participate in it month after month but am not sure of its significance. MOST theologians would agree that the institution of the Lord’s Supper goes back to Jesus Christ Himself. In all three Synoptic Gospels we have the explicit...
MGS puts up a modern medieval mystery play: From Eve to Mary…Walking with Women

MGS puts up a modern medieval mystery play: From Eve to Mary…Walking with Women

Oct 2006     FOR three nights, July 27 to 29, the grounds at Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) became a theatre where the girls enacted stories from the Bible. Each night at half-past six and again at nine, two groups of about 150 each followed either Eve or Satan on the trail of some famous (and...
MGS celebrates dedication and opening of new building

MGS celebrates dedication and opening of new building

Oct 2006     METHODIST Girls’ School (MGS) celebrated the dedication and opening of a new educational block – the Puan Sri Helene Tan Chin Tuan Building – with a month of celebrations in July-August called Celebrate MGS. The dedication service was conducted by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon on July 14, 2006 in a...

Crash! And that still, small voice…

Oct 2006     EDITOR: Mrs Lee Foong Ming, a member of the Methodist Message Editorial Board and a member of Covenant Community Methodist Church, was involved in a road accident on July 24, 2006. She shared her testimony with Christian and non-Christian friends in an email. She agreed to have her testimony published...

National Day Awards – 2006

Oct 2006     CHURCHES Aldersgate Methodist Church BG Tan Meng Dui                        Public Administration Medal (Silver)(Military) Ms Peggy Tan Swee Keng        Public Administration Medal (Bronze) Barker Road Methodist Church Mr Lim Siong Guan                     Order of Nila Utama (First Class) Col Lim Teck Yin                         Public Administration Medal (Silver)(Military) and Long Service Medal LTC Gan Eng...
Malacca Memories: William Shellabear the strict disciplinarian

Malacca Memories: William Shellabear the strict disciplinarian

Oct 2006     I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo. ‘FATHER had been accustomed to severe discipline in his army life, and he kept himself under severe discipline here in Malacca, rising...
Mission: When changing direction is important

Mission: When changing direction is important

Oct 2006     THERE is much to learn from Paul’s mission practice on his second missionary journey in Acts 15-16. Although Paul planned to re-visit the churches that he and Barnabas established on their first journey, he changed his plans when he was divinely prevented from preaching in these regions and received a...

MCS gives $20,000 to ‘Lebanon Humanitarian Fund’

Sep 2006     THE Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) has given $20,000 to the “Lebanon Humanitarian Fund”. In a letter addressed to all pastors on Aug 11, 2006, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon said: “The current conflict in Israel, Lebanon and Palestine has produced much loss of life and human suffering. “Let us remember...

We can only come to peace if we had met God: Servant Bilhah

Sep 2006     In this series we shall focus on a category of (generally) nameless and overlooked characters in the Old Testament – the servants. In the social and economic structures of the day, households were large establishments, comprising the family, together with the extended family of siblings, relatives, concubines, children and a...
Six schools, one family, ‘ONE ACS’

Six schools, one family, ‘ONE ACS’

Sep 2006     ACS BOG and schools mapping out initiative embodying ACS Spirit and Common Vision MEMBERS of the ACS Board of Governors, principals, vice-principals and heads of departments (PE and CCAs) met at a workshop-cum-lunch at the Pines Club on July 1, 2006 to share, discuss and map out the ONE ACS...
Woman missionary’s first impressions of Fairfield School

Woman missionary’s first impressions of Fairfield School

Sep 2006     The thoughts of a young Methodist woman missionary, Grace Webster’s, first impressions of Singapore, and her first day as a teacher at Fairfield School bear consideration. Apart from being captivated by the romance of a strange and wondrous tropical island, she shares her faith in the Lord to help her...
Give me Ebenezer, anytime!

Give me Ebenezer, anytime!

Sep 2006     MANY Christians are familiar with the hymn “Come Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing thy grace”. The second stanza begins: Here I raise my Ebenezer Hither by thy help I’m come. There is a revised version found in Anglican Church of Canada’s hymnal Common Praise. It goes like...
Leading US team to lead in worship symposium

Leading US team to lead in worship symposium

Aug 2006     FROM the Heart to the Heavens – A Symposium on Worship will be held on Aug 25 and 26, 2006 at Trinity Theological College (TTC). It is sponsored by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), Grand Rapids, Michigan together with the Methodist School of Music, the Anglican Diocese of Singapore,...

Healing at the end of life

Aug 2006     IN HIS letter to the Corinthians, Paul paints a picture of spiritual healing at the end of life. This is an important concept because end of life care is becoming an increasingly important concern in our society as modern medical interventions paradoxically prolong the process of dying as doctors fight...
Youth specialist joins TTC as lecturer

Youth specialist joins TTC as lecturer

Aug 2006     THE Rev Dr Steve Emery-Wright from Cornwall, England, has joined Trinity Theological College as a Lecturer in Youth Ministry. He is both a US and UK citizen. He was born in the US and ordained in the United Methodist Church. He has served churches as a minister in the US for...
Triple blessing mirroring three heirlooms at Pentecost MC

Triple blessing mirroring three heirlooms at Pentecost MC

Aug 2006     GOOD things come in threes. Both Pentecost Methodist Church (PMC) and Bishop Dr Robert Solomon would readily agree. PMC members have been walking in euphoria since June 4, 2006, a day of triple blessing as the Bishop pointed out. It was Pentecost Sunday, the day God gave the Holy Spirit...
MUSICIANS FOR MINISTRY

MUSICIANS FOR MINISTRY

Aug 2006     Step forward to serve if you have a musical gift “Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best.” – Henry van Dyke (1852-1933), American poet. IF YOU have a desire and a gift for musical expression, consider joining one...
Shooting the rapids on a dangerous mission trip

Shooting the rapids on a dangerous mission trip

Aug 2006     Going on a mission trip? Be prepared for all eventualities. The Rev Hobart B. Amstutz (later Bishop) recounts his extraordinary experience on such a trip to the Iban heartland of Borneo more than 50 years ago. ON SUNDAY night we had a wonderful Service of Worship. A cross had been...
LESSONS FROM THE WORLD CUP

LESSONS FROM THE WORLD CUP

Aug 2006     Aim for our goals BELIEVE it or not, there is a global pandemic fever. It is called the “World Cup Fever”. Today if you do not know anything about the World Cup, like who is in the semi-finals, people might think you are from another planet. I realise that the World...
ACS (INTERNATIONAL) JAKARTA IS 7TH IN ACS FAMILY OF SCHOOLS

ACS (INTERNATIONAL) JAKARTA IS 7TH IN ACS FAMILY OF SCHOOLS

Jul 2006     Another milestone for ACS with opening of its school in Jakarta JUST a year after the successful launch of ACS (International) Singapore, another school, ACS (International) Jakarta, has been added to the ACS family of schools. This is yet another milestone in ACS history as ACS exports its brand of...
7 courses to train music ministry personnel

7 courses to train music ministry personnel

Jul 2006     METHODIST SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S CHURCH MUSIC ENCOUNTER 2006 EACH year, the Methodist School of Music (MSM) conducts a series of workshops for the training of music ministry personnel in our local churches. Seven courses ranging in duration from one to six sessions will be offered from August to September this...
MMS extends love to East Timorese

MMS extends love to East Timorese

Jul 2006     THE Methodist Missions Society (MMS), in partnership with Transformation Alliance a Singapore church grouping, is starting to extend care and love to the people of East Timor. It is reaching out to the people in Emera District. There are 498 villages (known as “sucos”) spread out in 13 districts. Each village comprises...
Google Trends: Searching for God and Methodists

Google Trends: Searching for God and Methodists

Jul 2006     HAVE you ever wondered what people are looking for when they go online? Google Trends, a service launched by Google in May 2006, answers just that question. Google receives 200 million searches a day in 89 languages from all over the world. Some people have called Google “the closest thing...
Single but yet not alone

Single but yet not alone

Jul 2006     BARKER ROAD METHODIST CHURCH LAUNCHES NEW MINISTRY FOR SINGLES: connect@brmc AFTER praying for three years, finally on May 6, 2006, connect@brmc became a reality when 50 excited people gathered at Wesley Hall at Methodist Centre for a simple Dedication Service. It is the new ministry at Barker Road Methodist Church (BRMC)...
METHODIST SCHOOL OF MUSIC CELEBRATES 9TH ANNIVERSARY WITH CONCERT

METHODIST SCHOOL OF MUSIC CELEBRATES 9TH ANNIVERSARY WITH CONCERT

Jul 2006     MSM reaching out beyond its boundaries THE Methodist School of Music (MSM) celebrated its 9th year in testament of God’s faithfulness and blessing with an evening of thanksgiving, worship and music at the TA2 Sanctuary of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church on April 29, 2006. The theme was “Blessings beyond Boundaries.”...
‘A gift – from the Lord Himself’

‘A gift – from the Lord Himself’

Jul 2006     Mrs Vera Ostrom, Methodist missionary in Sumatra, tells the story of Ah Moi’s faith and her sacrificial offering given out of love for her Lord.   AH MOI and the Bok Su Niu (Pastor’s wife) had been good Christian friends in Bagan Si Api-Api. They had read the Bible and prayed...
Strength is for service, not status

Strength is for service, not status

Jul 2006     THE strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not just please themselves. Yet how often has the Christian community done the exact opposite and insisted that the weak become strong if they wanted to be accepted? Again, the church needs to be reminded that we are...
The spirit of Pentecost: To care and share

The spirit of Pentecost: To care and share

Jun 2006     THE season of Pentecost reminds us that the fruit of a conversion to a life of faith in Jesus Christ is a community of love. We see this in the account of Pentecost as recorded in Acts Chapter 2:42-47. About 3,000 people who heard Peter’s message and believed him were...
Pentecost: God’s answer to communication problem

Pentecost: God’s answer to communication problem

Jun 2006     painting of Pentecost Day by Joseph Ignaz Mildorfer. Used with permission PENTECOST reveals God’s answer to the problem of communication. We may be naturally wired for fellowship with each other, and even with God, yet we often get our wires crossed. As urbanised people, we now live within the matrix...

It’s only a game – or is it?

Jun 2006     One newbie player’s experience in the virtual world HOW do you react when you see someone sitting for hours at a computer, busy playing a game, or when you pass by a gaming centre and see rows of teenagers playing digital games, oblivious of their surroundings? Or do you think...
PLCMC Orchestra links with Xiamen group

PLCMC Orchestra links with Xiamen group

Jun 2006     Leaders of the Singapore and Xiamen groups being introduced to the audience at the March 11 concert in Xiamen. From left, Madam Khou, Mr Choong and the Rev Chong. – Methodist Message picture by REV DR YU CHIN CHEAK. AS PART of a growing relationship with the people of Xiamen,...
HK Methodist college team visits schools

HK Methodist college team visits schools

Jun 2006     THE Principal of Sha Tin Methodist College in Hongkong, Mr Lau Hor Keung, and six of his teachers came here recently on a goodwill and study tour of schools. During their four-day stay here from April 11 to 14, they visited Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road), Xinmin Secondary School and Victoria...
Viet govt officials, church leaders here on study tour

Viet govt officials, church leaders here on study tour

Jun 2006     ATEAM of six Vietnamese government officials and church leaders was here recently on a three-day visit to study the role of religious organisations in society and relations between them and the Singapore Government. The visitors also held discussions with Trinity Theological College (TTC) on “a partnership” to provide theological training...
A colony of Chinese Christians in Borneo

A colony of Chinese Christians in Borneo

Jun 2006     Bishop Frank W. Warne, who accompanied the mainly Christian pioneer group of Foochow settlers in their pilgrim journey to Sarawak, told of his experience baptising the very first converts. Making them responsible for the spiritual nurture of the new converts was a bold step, and a Wesleyan approach to personal/mutual...
Seeing light at a traffic junction

Seeing light at a traffic junction

Jun 2006     RECENTLY, while visiting friends in a neighbouring country, we took time to drink coffee at an open café located on the top of a six-storey building. This building stood at a busy intersection of two major roads. There were buses, cars, bicycles and motorcycles pouring in from all directions into...
Headstone of wartime doctor preserved at Garden of Remembrance

Headstone of wartime doctor preserved at Garden of Remembrance

May 2006     ‘The Garden of Remembrance fulfilled all my hopes as a beautiful and dignified home for my father’s memorial site.’ — Dr Nigel Stanley in an e-mail to Methodist Message. THE headstone of a well-known English doctor who joined a Singapore medical practice in 1929 and the Malayan Medical Service three years...
TRAC helping to build 100 houses for Sri Lankan tsunami victims

TRAC helping to build 100 houses for Sri Lankan tsunami victims

May 2006     TRINITY Annual Conference (TRAC) of The Methodist Church in Singapore is partnering The Methodist Church in Sri Lanka (MCSL) to build 100 new houses in the Batticaloa district of East Sri Lanka for those affected by the devastating tsunami of Dec 26, 2004. Eighty per cent of the total project...
70 lay leaders gather for worship, discussions and fellowship

70 lay leaders gather for worship, discussions and fellowship

May 2006     Bishop defends the faith and advocates church history study THE nearly 70 lay leaders and LCEC chairmen who attended the Bishop’s Lay Gathering and Fellowship Lunch at Methodist Centre on March 25 were updated on vital aspects of Christian doctrine and history when Bishop Dr Robert Solomon presented a talk on...
The educated woman of the 1920s

The educated woman of the 1920s

May 2006     Eighty-five years ago, Chia Kim Lian (who married Dr Chen Ah Poh, a member of the Baba Church) shared her views on the educated woman in a talk. Trained at the Bible Woman’s Training School, she provided insights worth reflecting as we celebrate Mother’s Day on May 14 this year....
Let’s not dismiss our Christian history

Let’s not dismiss our Christian history

May 2006     IN DECEMBER 1945, Muhammad Ali and his brothers of the al-Samman clan accidentally discovered a collection of ancient documents at Jabal al-Tarif, a spot near Nag Hammadi, a village in northern Egypt. They found a storage jar containing 12 leather-bound books (codices) and eight leaves removed from the thirteenth book....
Church unity remains a dream of God: Desmond Tutu

Church unity remains a dream of God: Desmond Tutu

Apr 2006     PORTO ALEGRE (Brazil) — At a press conference following the Feb 20 plenary session of the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) 9th Assembly here, former Archbishop Desmond Tutu noted the title of one of his books, God Has a Dream. “It really encapsulates what we all are living for,” he...

Aldersgate Service will now be held at Barker Road Methodist Church

Apr 2006     Christians embody Scripture teachings in their lives — Says Aldersgate Convention speaker SINGAPORE Methodists will again gather around their Wesleyan heritage next month when the Rev Dr M. Robert Mulholland discusses the topic, “Shaped by the Word”, during the 2006 Aldersgate Convention from May 24 to 27. This year’s Aldersgate...
WMC leader here to discuss world conference matters

WMC leader here to discuss world conference matters

Apr 2006     THE Rev Dr George Freeman, General Secretary of the World Methodist Council (WMC), was in Singapore recently to meet separately Bishop Dr Robert Solomon and the Rev Dr John Barrett, Vice-Chairman of the WMC. He met the Bishop at his Methodist Centre office on Feb 27 to discuss matters relating...
Being a living sacrifice

Being a living sacrifice

Apr 2006     In his Easter message, MM Editor, the Rev Robert Blasdell, who married Dr Shellabear’s daughter, Fanny, reflects on the meaning of the sacrificial life. ‘NO ONE who reads the twelfth chapter of Romans can doubt the earnestness of Paul in urging the Christians at Rome to “present your bodies a...
The gift of hospitality

The gift of hospitality

Apr 2006     A FAMOUS minister was scheduled to preach at a small church out in the country. When that Sunday came, every seat in the sanctuary was filled, and a crowd was standing outside. As the church was a small one, it didn’t have a PA system. So just before the preacher...
3,000 attend Ninth Assembly of World Council of Churches

3,000 attend Ninth Assembly of World Council of Churches

Mar 2006     THE REV SAMUEL KOBIA: Pleased that the WCC held its first assembly in Latin America. World churches discuss issues that both unite and divide them PORTO ALEGRE (Brazil) – How the world’s churches deal with the issues that both unite and divide them was a focus of the Ninth Assembly...
ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS STAFF DEDICATION SERVICE 2006

ANGLO-CHINESE SCHOOLS STAFF DEDICATION SERVICE 2006

Mar 2006     A section of Barker Road Methodist Church filled with school staff. — Picture by ACS (Barker Road). New ACS (Jakarta) opens this month More ACS schools in the region to come, says ACS Board of Governors Chairman THE new ACS (Jakarta) will be completed this month and will be established as...
ETAC members urged to offer themselves as a living sacrifice

ETAC members urged to offer themselves as a living sacrifice

Mar 2006     EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE’S FESTIVAL OF PRAISE THE Rev James Nagulan, President of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC), has urged conference members to offer themselves as a living sacrifice which, he said, is the true act of worship (Rom 12:1). He was delivering a sermon entitled “Having the Mind of Christ”,...

A jungle tribesman’s simple faith

Mar 2006     In this little tale written 57 years ago, missionary Burr Baughman challenges us to share the Gospel with those who have not heard it. It is a challenge that stays relevant for all Christians today. ‘The night came pressing in, dark and stormy. Occasional spatters of rain blew over the...
What price the Christian conscience?

What price the Christian conscience?

Mar 2006     FLEMMING ROSE just doesn’t get it. Flemming Rose is the Culture Editor of the Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper that printed 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad on Sept 30, 2005. As I write this, Rose has crazy plans to even things up by printing caricatures of Jesus. That will calm people...
ACS (International) Inaugural Speech Night 2005

ACS (International) Inaugural Speech Night 2005

Feb 2006     Guest-of-Honour Mr Ong Kian Min giving away the prizes, while the principal, the Rev Dr John Barrett, looks on. – ACS (International) picture. A perfect end to an exciting year A SENSE of anticipation hung in the air as every one of us waited in our seats, smartly decked out...
Zambian, PNG leaders call on Bishop

Zambian, PNG leaders call on Bishop

Feb 2006     METHODIST MESSAGE PICTURE THE Rev Teddy Kalongo, General Secretary of The United Church of Zambia (right in picture), and the Rev Samson Lowa (left), Moderator of The United Church of Papua New Guinea, paid a courtesy call on Bishop Dr Robert Solomon recently. They were in Singapore for a meeting...
Dinner held to raise hospice awareness

Dinner held to raise hospice awareness

Feb 2006     President and Mrs Nathan with members of the dinner organising committee. – MHF picture. THE “Thanks For The Memory” dinner organised by the Methodist Hospice Fellowship (MHF) on behalf of the Singapore Hospice Council was one of the programmes held recently during the Hospice and Palliative Care Week. One of...
Celebrating the lives of those whom Jesus came for

Celebrating the lives of those whom Jesus came for

Feb 2006     A LITTLE boy grew up in a family of five in a one-room rental flat in Toa Payoh. He was brought up by his grandmother while his parents went out to work. They saved enough to support his medical studies. He was grateful to have made it with his average...
Norman Wong new MMS Executive Director

Norman Wong new MMS Executive Director

Feb 2006     Paul Nga succeeds him as Director, Ministry in Schools and Director of TRAC Youth Ministries THE Rev Dr Norman Wong has been appointed the new Executive Director of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS). His appointment took effect on Jan 1, and he will serve a three-year term ending Dec 31,...
GC-WSCS team attends leadership training in Korea

GC-WSCS team attends leadership training in Korea

Feb 2006     ABOUT 90 participants from Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, China, the Philippines, Singapore, Korea and America (Korean Americans) attended the Asia Christian Women’s Leadership Training and Dialogue in Incheon City, South Korea recently. The theme was “What Does the Lord Require?” The trainers, from the General Board of Global Ministries of the United...
Jurong Preaching Point is now Agape Methodist Church

Jurong Preaching Point is now Agape Methodist Church

Feb 2006     It is the 20th TRAC church and with its formation MCS now has 43 churches JURONG Preaching Point became Agape Methodist Church on Dec 4, 2005. It is the 20th Local Conference of Trinity Annual Conference of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS). This means that the MCS now has...
Asbury seminary professor Robert Mulholland to deliver Aldersgate Lecture

Asbury seminary professor Robert Mulholland to deliver Aldersgate Lecture

Feb 2006     THERE is a great renewal today in the topic of spirituality. For that reason it is well to find someone who can cut through the many variations and provide a central guiding metaphor. The Rev Dr M. Robert Mulholland, the keynote speaker for the 2006 Aldersgate Convention, does this with...
Meet Marie, the tiny, energetic lady behind the gifted preacher Oldham

Meet Marie, the tiny, energetic lady behind the gifted preacher Oldham

Feb 2006     The Rev William Oldham arrived in Singapore in February 1885 and his name is properly remembered as the missionary who pioneered the beginnings of the Methodist Church in this part of the world. Less well known is his wife and her part in his ministry. Meet Marie Oldham ... SHE...
A BLOG OF COURAGE

A BLOG OF COURAGE

Feb 2006     BLOGGING is a common phenomenon among those who have utilised the Internet frequently. A blog is a shortened form for “weblog”. This word has been broken into the phrase “we blog”. A blog is an online publication of numerous posts of individuals and groups who write about their daily experiences...
Ground-breaking ceremony for upgrading of Geylang Methodist Secondary School

Ground-breaking ceremony for upgrading of Geylang Methodist Secondary School

Jan 2006     ‘Surely the Lord is in GMSS’ IT IS difficult to see the bulldozers and cranes congregate at what used to be the school grounds of Geylang Methodist Secondary School (GMSS) without feeling a tinge of awe and sadness. Awe because the sight of those mammoth earth-moving machines makes you realise...
The man who gave millions to ACS

The man who gave millions to ACS

Jan 2006     OBITUARY: TAN CHIN TUAN (Nov 21, 1908 – Nov 13, 2005) MR TAN CHIN TUAN, an Old Boy of Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) who had become almost iconic for his generosity to his alma mater, died on Nov 13, 2005. In his time, he made a series of donations amounting to more...
ETAC getting back on its feet

ETAC getting back on its feet

Jan 2006     30TH SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOVEMBER 11-12, 2005 THERE are signs that Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) is getting back on its own feet after hitting a rough patch. ◆ THE climate of the conference is peaceful compared to some “rocky times” in the past. ◆ THE total...
God does not despise small things

God does not despise small things

Jan 2006     30TH SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOVEMBER 11-12, 2005 BEING small is all right. It even has its advantages. So do not be discouraged. This was the focus of Bishop Dr Robert Solomon’s message to delegates of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC) at their 30th Session at Tamil Methodist...
CAC ‘must press on with its 3 goals’

CAC ‘must press on with its 3 goals’

Jan 2006     30TH SESSION OF THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOVEMBER 14-17, 2005 BECOMING a Christ-like people, full of grace and love, reaching the community through disciple-making – this is the direction set by the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) for its members for the current quadrennium. Disclosing this in his President’s Address at the...
MMS building homes, fishing boats for tsunami-hit families in Phuket

MMS building homes, fishing boats for tsunami-hit families in Phuket

Jan 2006     THE Methodist Missions Society (MMS) is rebuilding 18 homes for the families hit by the December 2004 tsunamis in the Namkim (Morgans) Gypsy Village in Baan Nam Khim province, Phuket. This province was the worst hit area in the Thai island resort. The MMS is also working with the church...
In a farewell interview, retired MMS Director Clarence Lim says: ‘More Methodists are rallying to the work of MMS’

In a farewell interview, retired MMS Director Clarence Lim says: ‘More Methodists are rallying to the work of MMS’

Jan 2006     THE Rev Dr Clarence Lim, 65, who retired last month as Director of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), is extremely happy and grateful that more Methodists are giving their money, time and service to the work of the MMS. “There is a marked...

A CODE FOR CHRISTIANS

Jan 2006     More than 70 years ago, the following wake-up call was made by William Southern, Jr, as part of a Sunday school lesson study in the Kansas City Journal Post. It remains a compelling reminder which we can all take seriously. I. A CHRISTIAN always keeps open the way of communication...
OBITUARY: REV ANDREW JACK WILLIAMSON (Feb 19, 1929 — Oct 4, 2005)

OBITUARY: REV ANDREW JACK WILLIAMSON (Feb 19, 1929 — Oct 4, 2005)

Dec 2005     Missionary with many talents FOR 36 years, the Rev Andrew Jack Williamson, who passed away on Oct 4 in Illinois, the United States, after a long illness, served as a missionary with the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC). He first came to Singapore in 1952 accompanied by his wife, Judy, who...
MCS leaders whip up dishes to raise funds for Pentecost MC extension

MCS leaders whip up dishes to raise funds for Pentecost MC extension

Dec 2005     MCS leaders whip up dishes to raise funds for Pentecost MC extension LEARN how to cook specialty recipes from a select group of Methodist leaders, and hear them share about their private selves – all in a VCD which will hit the shops for Christmas. At $20, this would make...

Reflections on controversy over Intelligent Design

Dec 2005     LETTER TO CHRISTIAN STUDENTS RECENTLY there has been a surge in the interest of the issue of “Intelligent Design” (ID) particularly in the United States but also elsewhere in Europe. What exactly is this idea of “Intelligent Design”? Here is a short history of the movement and two questions the...
Tan Wah Thong retires as  MCS Executive Director

Tan Wah Thong retires as MCS Executive Director

Dec 2005     Tributes given at Appreciation Dinner for him HIS LANDMARK INSTITUTIONS ♦ The Stewardship Charter, which will serve the MCS well for many years to come as the cornerstone of financial governance. ♦ The Methodist Schools’ Foundation, which will have an impact on the lives of children. ♦ ACS (International), which is...
‘Shaped by the Word’ to be Aldersgate Convention theme

‘Shaped by the Word’ to be Aldersgate Convention theme

Dec 2005     “SHAPED by the Word” will be the theme for Aldersgate Convention 2006, Aldersgate to be held next Convention May from 24 to 2006 27. The keynote speaker will be the Rev Dr M. Robert Mulholland Jr, a New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. Planning is under way for the...
ACS Old Boy headed Fudan University in Shanghai

ACS Old Boy headed Fudan University in Shanghai

Dec 2005     It will come as a surprise to be told that Li Denghui, one of the earliest old boys of Anglo-Chinese School, and one of William Oldham’s prized pupils, became the first President of Fudan University, now one of China’s élite universities. Among the first Nanyang Chinese to study at Yale...
Tamil Methodist Church celebrates 118th Anniversary

Tamil Methodist Church celebrates 118th Anniversary

Dec 2005     Thanksgiving Service and lunch mark happy occasion for Singapore’s second oldest Methodist church TAMIL Methodist Church at Short Street celebrated its 118th Anniversary on Sept 25, 2005. Being the second oldest Methodist Church in Singapore, the members felt very blessed by God for the work done through this church among...

The Prince of Peace

Dec 2005     “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” WHEN one thinks of Christmas what often comes to mind are the tender and innocent...
375 delegates,  42 nations,  25	languages,  1	mission: To spread the Word

375 delegates, 42 nations, 25 languages, 1 mission: To spread the Word

Nov 2005     8th International Christian Youth Conference in Teresopolis, Brazil THE 8th International Christian Youth Conference (ICYC), held at the Methodist Mission Camp, Teresopolis, Brazil recently, brought together 375 delegates from 42 countries. Speaking in more than 25 languages, including Appalachian and Australian, these young people, mostly aged 17 to 30, from the...

A celebration for Miss Gruber’s life

Nov 2005     SHE has gone home to be with the Lord, but it was a celebration for her life. And all her friends who came to celebrate spoke of American missionary Miriam Jean Gruber as a woman of substance and a woman of God. Every single one of them had been touched...
ACS (International) Principal urges UK teachers: ‘Come and teach in Singapore’

ACS (International) Principal urges UK teachers: ‘Come and teach in Singapore’

Nov 2005     THE Rev Dr John Barrett, Principal of Anglo-Chinese School (International), has challenged teachers in Britain to come to Singapore to teach. “Why not come over to Singapore for one to three years either at the start of your teaching career or at the end of it?” he said. “I think...
Church kindergartens, child care centres hold first get-together for staff

Church kindergartens, child care centres hold first get-together for staff

Nov 2005     THE Methodist Church Kindergartens/Child Care Centres made history when their staff had a get-together for the first time at Methodist Centre on Sept 23, 2005. It was organised by the Methodist Kindergartens/Child Care Centres Principals’ Network, which comes under the guidance of Mrs Tang Poh Kim, the Education Secretary. This...
Uphold one another to the glory of God, school staff told

Uphold one another to the glory of God, school staff told

Nov 2005     METHODIST SCHOOLS’ STAFF GET-TOGETHER 2005 THE Methodist Schools’ Staff Get- Together 2005 was held on Aug 26 with Bishop Dr Robert Solomon gracing the occasion as the Guest-of-Honour and also the speaker at the Thanksgiving Service. The theme was “Celebrating Family” and the Scripture verse chosen was “and every …...
Double joy celebration for Telok Ayer Chinese MC

Double joy celebration for Telok Ayer Chinese MC

Nov 2005     ■ 116th Anniversary of founding of church ■ 80th Anniversary of church building ON THE momentous day of Aug 14, 2005, Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church (TACMC) celebrated its 116th Anniversary as well as the 80th Anniversary of the church building at Telok Ayer Street. To commemorate these two important events...
Singapore hosts DISCIPLE Trainers’ Event – first outside US

Singapore hosts DISCIPLE Trainers’ Event – first outside US

Nov 2005     A DISCIPLE Trainers’ Event was held in Singapore – the first to be conducted outside the United States – from Aug 15 to 19, 2005. Sixty trainers from Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Britain and Singapore took part in the event, held at the River View Hotel in conjunction with...
How Benjamin West became a missionary  in Malaya

How Benjamin West became a missionary in Malaya

Nov 2005     Dr Benjamin F. West came to Malaya in 1888 and worked in Singapore with pioneer missionary Rev William F. Oldham. One of the very first recruits, he was doctor, teacher, preacher, explorer and handyman for seven years. Catherine Jackson (right), another much loved missionary, wrote this memoir about this extraordinary...

MSM Concert Series 2005: Esplanade Recital Studio

Oct 2005     Christine Lau: Began piano studies at the age of eight. – Methodist School of Music picture. Chtchoukina Natalia: Studied under top Russian musicians. – MSM picture. Come catch the artistry of Natalia and Christine THE Methodist School of Music (MSM) will be featuring two talented faculty members at an evening...
OBITUARY: CHAN SIEW JIANG (July 5, 1903 – Aug 23, 2005)

OBITUARY: CHAN SIEW JIANG (July 5, 1903 – Aug 23, 2005)

Oct 2005     He moulded many generations of ACSians BORN on July 5 1903, Mr Chan Siew Jiang, who passed away on Aug 23, was 102 years old. Completing his Junior and Senior Cambridge years at Anglo-Chinese School (ACS), and Normal training class, he became a qualified teacher of Standard 4 at ACS on...
Seek the Welfare of the City’ Conference: A Singapore Encounter

Seek the Welfare of the City’ Conference: A Singapore Encounter

Oct 2005     ONE hundred and one participants from China, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore met at Trinity Theological College (TTC) from Aug 10 to 13, 2005 to discuss Christian contribution to the society and nation today. The “Seek the Welfare of the City” Conference was sponsored by the Centre for...

What if I hate reading?

Oct 2005     LETTER TO CHRISTIAN STUDENTS TWO past issues touched on the topics of how to read and where to find things to read. What if you hate reading? What alternatives are there? First of all, it is important to note that God gave us a Bible to read. He might have...
Thumbs up to PJ for conquering English Channel

Thumbs up to PJ for conquering English Channel

Oct 2005     Methodist Schools’ Foundation officials, ‘Community Swim’ supporters share joy TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Thum Ping Tjin has become the first Singaporean to swim across the English Channel, and the first group of fellow Singaporeans who were just as elated as he was were his sponsors, officials of the Methodist Schools’ Foundation, and his...
BBM for three Methodist leaders

BBM for three Methodist leaders

Oct 2005     THREE Methodist leaders have been given The Public Service Star (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat) (BBM) in this year’s National Day awards. They are Dr Chua (Lee) Li Eng of Christ Methodist Church, Mr Lee Liat Cheng and Mr Patrick Wee Chow Sing, both of Barker Road Methodist Church. Dr Chua, Medical...
Key MCS management position filled

Key MCS management position filled

Oct 2005     A BUSINESS leader and human resources practitioner, Mr Richard B. Y. Khoo, has been appointed the Director of Finance, Administration and Programmes (DFAP) of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS). He started work at Methodist Centre on Sept 19, 2005. His appointment ends several months of search for a person...
A tale of two sisters: Emma and Della Olson

A tale of two sisters: Emma and Della Olson

Oct 2005     It is remarkable that these two sisters from far-off Wisconsin became missionaries to this part of the world – the elder Emma from 1911, the younger Della from 1918. Having served more than 70 years between them, they have an interesting tale to tell. IN DECIDING to serve the Lord...

The spirit of Yom Kippur

Oct 2005     YOM KIPPUR, or the Day of Atonement, falls on the 10th day of Tishri. This year, the sacred day begins on the evening of Oct 12. It signals the release of the human being from the past. On this day both the individual and community will receive pardon regardless of...

How you can be a discerning reader

Sep 2005     LETTER TO CHRISTIAN STUDENTS PREVIOUSLY we looked at how we choose a book at the bookstore. However, arguably that is more like helpful pointers on how to browse. In this article, we look at a more general way of finding recommendations of books to read. Authors Again, one cannot stress...
Wesley Heritage Corner: A testament to God’s faithfulness

Wesley Heritage Corner: A testament to God’s faithfulness

Sep 2005     T O THE glory of God, to the honour of those who have prepared a heritage, to the edification of all who stand here today, to the instruction of our children, we dedicate the Wesley Heritage Corner in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the...
METHODIST SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S CHURCH MUSIC ENCOUNTER 2005

METHODIST SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S CHURCH MUSIC ENCOUNTER 2005

Sep 2005     Wide variety of courses, workshops for singers and musicians THE Methodist School of Music’s (MSM) Church Music Encounter 2005, to be held from Sept 3 to Oct 22, will comprise three courses and seven workshops. The courses are: “Explore The World of Singing”, “The Soloist”, both to be conducted by...
Changing attitudes with hospice palliative care

Changing attitudes with hospice palliative care

Sep 2005     A VERY common misconception of hospice care is that it is only for the dying. However, the essence of hospice care is love and it is patient-centred and holistic. As it is motivated and centred on love, hospice care has the power to change society and human life In our...
OBITUARY: MIRIAM J. GRUBER (Aug 27, 1914 – July 23, 2005)

OBITUARY: MIRIAM J. GRUBER (Aug 27, 1914 – July 23, 2005)

Sep 2005     She sacrificed so much for our women MISS Miriam Gruber, who passed away on July 23 in Ashville, North Carolina, the US, had often referred to death as a celebration and coronation, and a beautiful sunset the evening she died was a reflection of her life as a person and...
Bishop: Committed leaders propel MWS

Bishop: Committed leaders propel MWS

Sep 2005     BISHOP Dr Robert Solomon praised God for the rich heritage and committed leaders who were instrumental in moving the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) to where it is today. He was speaking as Patron of the MWS at its 24th Annual General Meeting on July 30, 2005 at Sophia Blackmore Hall,...
A tale of two pairs of Olsons

A tale of two pairs of Olsons

Sep 2005     Mary and Elizabeth: Education Within the first 20 years of the 20th century, there were, remarkably, two pairs of sisters from two unrelated Olson families who served as missionaries in this area. Mary and Elizabeth Olson hailed from Minnesota and served mainly in Singapore; Emma and Della Olson were from...

The gift of speaking

Sep 2005     “ ...since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” — 1 Cor. 14:12b THE key to understanding the purpose of the gifts and the purpose of the gift of speaking, according to Paul, is to build up God’s people. It is...
CAC President’s mother: A woman of faith

CAC President’s mother: A woman of faith

Aug 2005     OBITUARY: MADAM GOH GEK CHENG (1922-2005) MADAM Goh Gek Cheng, 83, mother of the Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), was called home to be with the Lord on June 19, 2005. She was the wife of Mr Khoo Hock Nam, President of the Senior Citizens...

Aug 2005     Stores here get good books from Britain and US The list below is arranged alphabetically In Britain, there are other major (and generally evangelical) publishers as well e.g. Evangelical Press, Monarch and Lion (their Lion Handbooks series are particularly noteworthy). However, they are not often available outside Europe or they...

Tips on choosing a good Christian book

Aug 2005     DO YOU sometimes walk into a bookstore feeling overwhelmed by the range of books available? Or do you just walk into a bookstore, knowing exactly what you want and walk out after purchasing the book? If you belong to either category, this article is written for you! If you feel overwhelmed...
MWS Programmes Director gets award from President Nathan

MWS Programmes Director gets award from President Nathan

Aug 2005     Joyce Tan honoured for outstanding contributions to social services MS JOYCE TAN SWEE YEE, Director of Programmes at the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), has received the Outstanding Social Worker Award 2004 (Merit) from President S. R. Nathan for her outstanding contributions made in social services. A veteran of more than...
My mother’s experience of the new birth: John Sung

My mother’s experience of the new birth: John Sung

Aug 2005     Here is the great evangelist, John Sung’s remarkable story of his mother’s miraculous new birth, a harbinger of his own birth later on. The dark night of the soul had given way to glorious hope. ALTHOUGH my father was born again and consecrated, alas, my mother was neither cold nor...

NO PAIN, NO GAIN?

Aug 2005     SOME time ago, I was called to a hospital where a young member of my church had just passed away unexpectedly. In a room filled with grieving family members and friends, I prayed for peace and comfort. But outside in the corridor, I was approached by one of the friends, a...
‘Journey of Faith’ exhibition of art and religious artefacts

‘Journey of Faith’ exhibition of art and religious artefacts

Jul 2005     A RARE feast of art and history awaits the many Christians who visit the Gallery of the Asian Civilisations Museum at Empress Place from now until Oct 9, 2005. The “Journey of Faith” exhibition of art and religious artefacts begins with the main episodes of the life of Jesus Christ and...

The four-fold task of education

Jul 2005     In a monthly newsletter to parents, ACS (International) Principal John Barrett discusses, among other topics, education, grades and school facilities, and lists what the school offers. A FREQUENT criticism of “education”, not only in Singapore but also in the United Kingdom, is that the focus is too much on examination...
Many gifts, but one spirit

Many gifts, but one spirit

Jul 2005     THE Methodist School of Music (MSM) celebrated its 8th Anniversary with a concert at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church (TA2 Sanctuary) on April 30. It was an evening of choral, vocal, violin, guitar, harp, piano and organ music. After the opening address by Ms Mary Gan, the Principal of MSM,...

What it means to integrate faith and learning

Jul 2005     IN THE last issue, I discussed the need for Christians to take God seriously and to integrate their faith with the knowledge gained in the university. Here, I address two issues: First, what integration of faith and learning means, and second, what are some of the practical measures we can...
A memorable 120th Anniversary service

A memorable 120th Anniversary service

Jul 2005     ALDERSGATE DAY and the 120th anniversary of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) were memorably celebrated by Singapore Methodists at a powerful and colourful service of worship and thanksgiving at the joint premises of Faith Methodist Church and Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church on May 24. It was attended by more...
CAC holds Service of Praise at TA2

CAC holds Service of Praise at TA2

Jul 2005     120TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN SINGAPORE THE Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) celebrated the 120th Anniversary of The Methodist Church in Singapore with a Service of Praise at Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church (TA2 Sanctuary) on May 2. About 1,200 members from the 16 CAC churches attended the service,...
Kum Yan MC to have new building by October 2006

Kum Yan MC to have new building by October 2006

Jul 2005     KUM YAN Methodist Church at 1 Queen Street will have a new building housing its sanctuary at its existing site. Expected to be ready by October 2006, it will be built at a cost of about $6 million. Construction work has started, and church members are now worshipping at the...
Voyage to ‘Paradise Singapore’

Voyage to ‘Paradise Singapore’

Jul 2005     In this second, and final, instalment of W. G. Horley’s Journal on his voyage to Singapore, which he referred to as a “paradise”, he recounted his experiences East of Suez. He resolved as a schoolmaster to make a difference to his pupils, more than fulfilled as an outstanding and well-loved...

Don’t gamble with life

Jul 2005     Church can help and God must be the focus THE Methodist Church in Singapore views gambling “as a form of bondage and social sickness motivated by greed and covetousness. It is also a menace to society as it compromises the best interests of moral, social, economic and spiritual life of...
Confessions of an unthinking

Confessions of an unthinking

Jun 2005     WHY so many questions? You don’t need to know so much, just know God. Will answering all these questions strengthen your faith? Some questions just cannot be answered!” These were some of the common responses given when I first started my Christian walk. I was divided – torn between the...
Christine Wong heads MWS

Christine Wong heads MWS

Jun 2005     THE Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) has a new Executive Director — Ms Christine Wong. Ms Wong, who succeeded Mr Vernon Kang on March 1, 2005, said that one of her immediate tasks is to “empower and nurture members of the existing team and to forge a deeper sense of team spirit...
Lay leaders want more dialogues for ‘in-depth discussions’

Lay leaders want more dialogues for ‘in-depth discussions’

Jun 2005     BISHOP’S LUNCH FELLOWSHIP WITH CHURCH LEADERS LAY LEADERS from the three Annual Conferences have expressed their desire to hold more frequent “open dialogues” among themselves and with the Bishop. They added that these sessions should be extended over a longer period of time for greater depth of discussion, and some...
Gambling addiction a dangerous ‘whirlpool’

Gambling addiction a dangerous ‘whirlpool’

Jun 2005     THE Singapore Government has decided to allow the building of two Integrated Resorts (IRs) with the casino an integral component. The legalisation of casinos may increase social problems that already exist from addiction to existing gambling opportunities. Addiction to gambling is like a dangerous “whirlpool”, when a person caught in it...
Of mountain-high waves and a sea-sick journey

Of mountain-high waves and a sea-sick journey

Jun 2005     Of mountain-high waves and a sea-sick journey More than 110 years ago, pioneer Methodist missionary William G. Horley (right) took more than a month to reach Singapore. Sailing from Southampton on December 10, 1893, he arrived on January 12 and here recorded in a journal are his experiences which are...
BEYOND METHOD: The heart of Methodism

BEYOND METHOD: The heart of Methodism

Jun 2005     THE word “Methodist” was used as a derogatory term to name John Wesley and his Holy Club by their detractors at Oxford University because of their disciplined approach to Christian living. They met regularly in their small group, practised fasting, almsgiving, and the visitation of prisoners. The original “Methodists” were...

A tribute to the late former President Wee Kim Wee

Jun 2005     Loss of a great son of Singapore SINGAPORE has lost a great son. He was great not because he was a top sportsman. Or a respected journalist. An excellent boss. An ambassador par excellence. An endearing President. He was all of these – and more. In fact I consider Mr...

Help plant this SEED

May 2005     THE Bible Society of Singapore, together with some ministry partners, has launched a project to collect old Bibles from Christians for distribution to the destitute. This endeavour is called Project S.E.E.D. (Scripture Exchange activity to Edify the Destitute). Christians donating old Bibles will be given discount vouchers for Bibles and...
The Boys’ Brigade’s charity on the green

The Boys’ Brigade’s charity on the green

May 2005     The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The BB 75th Anniversary Charity Golf 2005 was held as part of its 75th Jubilee Celebrations. The year-long Jubilee celebrations were officially launched by the BB Patron, President S. R. Nathan, in January 2005. TANAH MERAH Country Club was...
TRAC’s relief efforts in Sri Lanka

TRAC’s relief efforts in Sri Lanka

May 2005     TRAC’s relief efforts in Sri Lanka A TOTAL of six teams and 45 people apart from the first recce and relief team of five have ministered in the areas surrounding Kiran in the Batticalao district, Sri Lanka, from Jan 17 to Feb 25, 2005. Besides providing more than 800 kg...

Aldersgate Convention becoming international

May 2005     WITH only weeks before Aldersgate Day, the Aldersgate Convention 2005 is taking on increasing international proportions, with growing interest from India to the Philippines. Registration for the “Methodist Worship in Context” seminar has come from several pastors and leaders from India, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as participants...
Living Hope Methodist Church consecrated

Living Hope Methodist Church consecrated

May 2005     Bishop urges congregation to ‘widen door’ LIVING HOPE Methodist Church, formerly known as Tampines Methodist Church, was consecrated by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon on March 5, 2005. About 400 people attended the Consecration Service at the church in Tampines Street 33, which is on the fringe of Tampines housing estate and...

Anglo-Tamil School part of ministry to Tamils in Singapore

May 2005     Readers will know much about Anglo-Chinese School, but are they aware that there was an Anglo-Tamil School which opened a few months earlier – in 1885? They may also be surprised to learn that Bishop T. R. Doraisamy was an old pupil of the Serangoon English School, successor to the...

Pope John Paul II’s legacy of courage and humility

May 2005     MY GRANDFATHER didn’t care much for Roman Catholics with good reason. Working as a missionary in the jungles of Mindinao in 1918 he barely escaped death at the hands of Jesuit zealots who saw it as their divine duty to drive out Protestant missionaries. His brush with death left him...
‘Project Inkwell’ a literally fun world

‘Project Inkwell’ a literally fun world

Apr 2005     AFTER weeks of preparation, March 5, 2005 finally saw the long anticipated launch of “Project Inkwell” with a literary festival, MGS Book Fest. From as early as nine in the morning, students, teachers, families and friends thronged the many stalls and stations at the carnival of books. They revelled in this unique opportunity to give back to the...
Tour participants give full marks

Tour participants give full marks

Apr 2005     AVISITING American couple, Mr and Mrs William Ross Conners, gave “full marks” to the Methodist Heritage Tour. At the end of the tour, Mr Conners, 79, a retiree, told Methodist Message: “This is the best tour I’ve ever taken, and I’ll remember it for a long, long time. It is a...
Inaugural Heritage Tour a ‘live’ history  lesson

Inaugural Heritage Tour a ‘live’ history lesson

Apr 2005     Visiting US couple and two Nepalese pastors among 35 participants THE inaugural Methodist Heritage Tour on March 4, 2005 turned out to be a “live” history lesson in more ways than one. Organised as part of the The Methodist Church in Singapore’s (MCS) year-long 120th Anniversary celebrations, it brought into...
Tharman praises ACS for having ‘a rich and enduring tradition’

Tharman praises ACS for having ‘a rich and enduring tradition’

Apr 2005     ACS COMBINED 119TH FOUNDER’S DAY CELEBRATION Holistic ACS education should direct students back to God: Bishop OUR Hearts, our Hopes, our Aims are One” – this was the spirit that filled the entire Singapore Indoor Stadium on March 1, 2005. It was a joyous and momentous occasion as the six units...
Workshops to feature local worship

Workshops to feature local worship

Apr 2005     Aldersgate 2005 ‘Methodist Worship in Context’ seminar CAN Methodists maintain the old forms of worship and still be relevant? The upcoming seminar, “Methodist Worship in Context” on May 27 and 28, 2005, promises to be a great opportunity for exploring how our Methodist tradition is still relevant in the contemporary context....
A REFLECTION ON RECENT MISSION TRIPS BY MMS FIELD DIRECTOR

A REFLECTION ON RECENT MISSION TRIPS BY MMS FIELD DIRECTOR

Apr 2005     There’s value in different mission groups and churches working together ONE of the effects of globalisation is that for the financially able, there is greater access and ease of travel to various locations. This increased ease of travel opens up more opportunities for the Gospel to be made known in many...
Remembering our ‘Asiatic’ pioneers

Remembering our ‘Asiatic’ pioneers

Apr 2005     The early missionaries to this region were assisted by many local “Asiatic” men and women who helped bear the heavy burdens that missionary work entailed. Mrs Nathalie Toms Means, wife of the then Editor of Methodist Message, paid proper tribute to these pioneering Christian workers in the Jubilee issue of...

Investing for the Lord

Apr 2005     Stewardship is planning to get maximum returns for God’s purposes YOU may know people who are penny-wise, pound-foolish: people who are generally frugal but when a windfall hits, they go berserk and splurge and flush their money away. And of course, there are people who are the exact opposite. They are...
ACS staff reminded to give all honour to God

ACS staff reminded to give all honour to God

Mar 2005     IT WAS a fitting start to the year as all the staff from the Anglo-Chinese Schools were reminded at the Staff Dedication Service for 2005 to give praise and honour to God in their work and in their own lives. The service, held at Barker Road Methodist Church on Jan 7,...
President Nathan hosts Istana party for BB members and volunteers

President Nathan hosts Istana party for BB members and volunteers

Mar 2005     THE BOYS’ BRIGADE JUBILEE RECEPTION UNSUNG heroes of The Boys’ Brigade (BB) were recognised for their voluntary work at a garden party hosted by President S. R. Nathan at the Istana on Jan 10, 2005. Also present were school principals and chaplains of member schools and churches. About 550 officers, boys...

Seminar to explore Methodist worship

Mar 2005     REGISTRATION is now open for a dynamic and insightful worship seminar on May 27 and 28, 2005 at Methodist Centre. “Methodist Worship in Context”, part of the week-long Aldersgate Convention 2005 beginning May 24, will be led by two US scholars, the Rev Dr Geoffrey Wainwright, and the Rev Dr...
Christian community prays for tsunami victims

Christian community prays for tsunami victims

Mar 2005     THE bells tolled, ringing out the unmistakable tune of “Amazing Grace”. Inside the St Andrew’s Cathedral, the mood was sombre. Heads were already bowed in silent prayer. Here and there, in the packed congregation, a hand shot up to dry a teary eye. It was Friday, Jan 7, 2005. A Special...
A Chinese Peter making fishers of men in old  Singapore sea village

A Chinese Peter making fishers of men in old Singapore sea village

Mar 2005     ‘“CAN anything be done to bring the Gospel to the thousands of seamen who sail in and out of this harbour every month?” inquired an old salt, a Norwegian captain who has been sailing in and out of Singapore for twenty years. “If God leads us to find the proper...

First Heritage Tour on March 4

Mar 2005     THE first group of people going for the inaugural Methodist Heritage Tour on March 4 are requested to assemble at 8.45 am near the John Wesley statue in front of Barker Road Methodist Church within the ACS (Barker Road) Campus. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon will launch the tour with a...

YOUR WILL BE DONE

Mar 2005     A FRIEND labelled me a rebellious Christian for being stubborn and determined to act according to my own wishes. “Hey, this will not be healthy for your Christian ministry! You must learn to submit to the will of God.” Without any hesitation, I gave a straightforward reply, “How can I do...
Reflections on the tsunami

Reflections on the tsunami

Feb 2005     THE gentle sea suddenly changed character, and in a fit of madness, became a monstrous hand that snatched thousands away in its deadly grasp. It left behind a scene of death and devastation that has haunted the world with terrible images of bloated, rigid, decaying bodies strewn along beaches and...

MCS gives $30,000 to tsunami victims

Feb 2005     More donations being collected and will be handed to Red Cross THE Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) has given $30,000 to help victims of the Sumatran earthquake and the resultant tsunami that have led to the death of many thousands of people in South and South-east Asia. It has also...
Dedication Service marks opening of ACS (International)

Dedication Service marks opening of ACS (International)

Feb 2005     THE newest addition to the Anglo-Chinese School family, ACS (Inter-national), marked its much-awaited opening on Jan 3, 2005 with a Dedication Service. The Principal, the Rev Dr John Barrett, conducted the service. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, who offi-ciated at this momentous event held at 3 pm at the school’s newly-renovated...
Aldersgate 2005 a highlight of our 120th birthday joy

Aldersgate 2005 a highlight of our 120th birthday joy

Feb 2005     METHODISM came to South-east Asia when the Rev Dr James Thoburn, leading the mission team, arrived at Keppel Harbour on the S. S. Khandalla on Feb 7, 1885. Although their arrival was unplanned and unheralded, they were met by Mr Charles Phillips, “a godly Wesleyan” and head of the Seamen’s...

Thanksgiving Service celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Bible Societies

Feb 2005     Christians reflect on how God’s Word has impacted the world NOVEMBER 3, 2004 would be remembered in the history books as a day when the Christian community in Singapore gathered at St Andrew’s Cathedral to commemorate 200 years of the Bible Society movement. From the different churches, traditions, backgrounds, and...
FAREWELL INTERVIEW WITH REV DR ISAAC LIM

FAREWELL INTERVIEW WITH REV DR ISAAC LIM

Feb 2005     Twelve good years, fruitful and challenging TWELVE good and fruitful years on the whole, although the first few years were “challenging years”. The Rev Dr Isaac Lim said this at a recent farewell interview with Methodist Message after he retired as President of TRAC last November. He announced his early retirement...
Happy homecoming Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church worshippers declare  JOY TO THE WORLD!

Happy homecoming Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church worshippers declare JOY TO THE WORLD!

Feb 2005     IT WAS a joyous homecoming for the TA2 worshippers and also a homecoming of sorts for members of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church – the “mother” church – when close to 1,500 of them congregated at the spanking new TA2 Sanctuary at Wishart Road on Dec 19, 2004. The occasion was...
Consecration Service marks joyous return for members of Trinity Methodist Church

Consecration Service marks joyous return for members of Trinity Methodist Church

Feb 2005     After close to two years of church redevelopment, Trinity Methodist Church (TMC) has finally returned home to its new premises at 34 Serangoon Garden Way. The Consecration Service, which marked that joyous return, was held on December 12, 2004. IT WAS a grey morning and the rain was light. This,...
GC-WSCS re-elects Laureen Ong as President

GC-WSCS re-elects Laureen Ong as President

Feb 2005     MRS LAUREEN ONG has been re-elected President of the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service (GC-WSCS) for a second term of office. She said: “The GC-WSCS will face more challenges in the coming four years, but I’m sure as we take on those challenges, we will end up being...
AMAZING GRACE!

AMAZING GRACE!

Feb 2005     The Rev Egon Ostrom, Methodist missionary assigned to the Sumatra Mission Conference in 1931, had this remarkable story of Lam Chin to tell. A frail, elderly woman, her life was changed from an idol-worshipper to a humble but effective Christian, sharing the Gospel with others in her community. From idol-worshipper...
A feast for the soul

A feast for the soul

Feb 2005     THE idea of 40-day events or programmes has become increasingly popular in churches. Forty-day periods of prayer and activities are being used for various situations and to promote church growth agendas. These are organised to culminate in a time of prayer for the nation or to promote “40 days of...

‘They will renew their strength …’

Feb 2005     ON THE Sunday following the tsunami that killed more than 150,000 people and affected millions, I was struck by the confusion reflected in the hymns, words and prayers we spoke and prayed in church that morning. The anthem was “All Things Bright and Beautiful”; the worship leader com-pared the tsunami with...

The five miracles of healing

Jan 2005     Hospice ministry “Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’”— John 11:40. ONE of the greatest lessons we learn in the hospice ministry is the truth that God has given us victory over death through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ....
James Nagulan elected ETAC President

James Nagulan elected ETAC President

Jan 2005     29TH SESSION OF EMMANUEL TAMIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 12-13, 2004 ‘I am humbled by the decision of the conference. I pray that God will help me to fulfil the task that is set before me. I believe that with the help of fellow ministers, leaders and members of the conference,...

TRAC elects Wee Boon Hup as new President

Jan 2005     29TH SESSION OF TRINITY ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 22-25, 2004 Isaac Lim chairs conference for the last time HOSTED by Faith Methodist Church at its new sanctuary and worship hall at Commonwealth Drive, the 29th Session of Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) was chaired by its President, the Rev Dr Isaac Lim,...
Stay relevant, stay connected, stay in the Lord, CAC told

Stay relevant, stay connected, stay in the Lord, CAC told

Jan 2005     29TH SESSION OF CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 16-19, 2004 THE Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, Presi-dent of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), has urged CAC churches to stay focused in three ways in the new quadrennium. In his Presidential Address on the opening day of the 29th Session of the CAC...
What is expected of a pastor

What is expected of a pastor

Jan 2005     REPORTS ON THE CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND TRINITY ANNUAL CONFERENCE BY PETER TEO AND EARNEST LAU 29TH SESSION OF CHINESE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: NOV 16-19, 2004 Bishop’s sermon at CAC Ordination Service PASTORS are servants of Christ, stewards of God’s revelation, and spiritual fathers (and mothers) of the family of God,...

75th Anniversary celebrations of The Boys’ Brigade in Singapore

Jan 2005     THE Boys’ Brigade (BB) in Singapore, by the grace of God, has grown from strength to strength over the past 75 years. As it celebrates this landmark anniversary, it aims to start the year 2005 in prayer, together with the churches, friends and supporters. Thus, it will hold a BB...
Aldersgate 2005 to celebrate 120th Anniversary of MCS

Aldersgate 2005 to celebrate 120th Anniversary of MCS

Jan 2005     PLANNING has already begun for the 2005 Aldersgate Convention, which will also mark the 120th Anniversary of The Methodist Church in Singapore. Scheduled from May 24 to May 28, the 2005 convention will gather three well-known speakers from the United States, the Rev Dr William Abraham, the Rev Dr Geoffrey...

Play the game … but be a man!

Jan 2005     Nearly 80 years ago, Ho Seng Ong, educationist and one-time Methodist Education Secretary, had some pertinent things to say about the aims of education. He made these points, still relevant today, as Schools Editor of the Malaysia Message. ‘...TO MY fellow teachers, I wish to address myself next. Our task...

Be a Christian every day

Jan 2005     AT THE time of the American elections last year, there was a lot of talk about religion and politics. People grumbled that the evangelicals in the United States helped President George W. Bush win. “Keep religion and politics separate!” is almost like a mantra today, especially in Singapore. The whole idea...

‘Is that who he is, a king, a priest and a sacrifice?’

Dec 2004     In the Scriptures, we are told about Mary, the mother of Jesus; but Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus remains a shadowy figure in the background. Some years ago I saw an unusual nativity painting: Mary tired after the birth, Joseph looking perplexed, as if he did not know what hit...

Importance of educating Methodists

Dec 2004     8TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE: OCT 18-22, 2004 Importance of educating Methodists IN HIS Episcopal Address, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon drew attention to his role as an educator in the (first) four years of his episcopacy. He observed that we live in a time of sweeping changes – foundational worldviews, values...
Why we need to glorify God

Why we need to glorify God

Dec 2004     8TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE: OCT 18-22, 2004 AT THE morn-ing worship on the second day of the General C o n f e r e n c e , Bishop Roy Sano from the United Methodist Church said that the phrase “with one voice” for the conference theme...
Leadership or servanthood?

Leadership or servanthood?

Dec 2004     8TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE: OCT 18-22, 2004 ■ GENERAL CONFERENCE REPORTS BY PETER TEO AND EARNEST LAU ■ METHODIST MESSAGE PICTURES BY DANIEL LIE PREACHING at the morning worship of the General Con-ference of The Methodist Church in Singapore on Oct 21, Bishop Dr Hwa Yung of The...
ACS (P) Principal retires,  new head named

ACS (P) Principal retires, new head named

Dec 2004     MRS DAISY ONG is retiring as Principal of Anglo-Chinese School (Primary). Announcing this, Mr Tan Wah Thong, Chairman of the Anglo- Chinese Schools Board of Gover-nors (ACSBOG), said that Mrs Ong had served 42 years in the teaching profession with distinction. She joined ACS (Barker Road) as the Vice-Principal of the...

MGS to launch scholastic programme

Dec 2004     FROM January next year, Methodist Girls’ School will offer a unique and customised scholastic programme for its upper primary and secondary school students. This programme is tailored for the intellectually gifted and builds on the proven strengths of the MGS education, which is well known for its emphasis on all-round...
The legend of the child

The legend of the child

Dec 2004     Christmas reminds us of our Christian duty to be sensitive to the needs of the poor, the lonely and those seeking liberation in all its manifestations. IT WAS Christmas Eve, and the streets of the city were crowded with happy fathers, mothers and children. Their faces were bright and smiling...
Bedok MC member’s design picked as winning world logo

Bedok MC member’s design picked as winning world logo

Dec 2004     Michael Tan Soo Guan’s design will be used as logo for 19th World Methodist Conference in 2006 A SINGAPOREAN Methodist has brought honour to The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) when his entry for the logo design for the 19th World Methodist Conference was picked the winner. Mr Michael Tan...

Christian compassion as a discovery

Dec 2004     YEVEGENY YEVTUSHENKO told a moving story concerning prisoners of war that were forced to march through the streets of Moscow in 1941. Russian soldiers and policemen struggled to control the noisy crowd watching that parade. Curiosity was not on the mind of the onlookers, most of whom had lost either...

Paul wants us to act on love

Nov 2004     In the beautifully crafted Letter to Philemon, Paul tells Philemon and the church in his home how grace should work out in their situation. Scholars disagree as to how Onesimus actually met up with Paul – was it a coincidence, or did he actually seek out the apostle? If the...
Sembawang Tamil MC’s  double happiness

Sembawang Tamil MC’s double happiness

Nov 2004     70th Anniversary and dedication of new church building SEMBAWANG Tamil Methodist Church (STMC) had a double celebration in August. It celebrated its 70th Anniversary and held the Dedication of its new church building at 3 Yishun Street 11on Aug 29. Bishop Dr Robert Solomon delivered the message and officiated at...
Wide-ranging activities to herald S’pore BB’s 75th year

Wide-ranging activities to herald S’pore BB’s 75th year

Nov 2004     THE Boys’ Brigade (BB) in Singapore will celebrate its 75th Anniversary in 2005 with a wide variety of activities, including a week of prayers and thanksgiving, as it has not forgotten God’s grace and providence. It will kick off its celebrations with a BB Jubilee Relay on Jan 8, 2005...
Anna Tham first recipient of  MGS Mrs Margaret Goh Service Award

Anna Tham first recipient of MGS Mrs Margaret Goh Service Award

Nov 2004     IN RECOGNITION of her caring and selfless service to the Methodist Girls’ School (MGS), Mrs Anna Tham was awarded the Methodist Girls’ School Mrs Margaret Goh Service Award at the school’s Founder’s Day Dinner on July 25, 2004. She is the first recipient of this annual award, established this year...
One in spirit – and a night to remember

One in spirit – and a night to remember

Nov 2004     Old Boys, past and present teachers celebrate 10th Anniversary of ACS (BR) LIKE a flock of migratory birds returning home at the end of winter, seven batches of Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) Old Boys together with past and present teachers descended upon the Lee Kong Chian Auditorium at the ACS...

Reducing grief of losing loved ones

Nov 2004     AND I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will...
Standing on the Word, following the Cross

Standing on the Word, following the Cross

Nov 2004     Trinity Methodist Church held its Topping-Out with the Cross ceremony for the redeveloped church building on July 31, 2004. Below are reflections on the ceremony by a church member. The church is scheduled to move back to its premises this month (November 2004). IT WAS a damp, drizzly and gloomy...
Of Bible women with those black umbrellas

Of Bible women with those black umbrellas

Nov 2004     In the early days as a Methodist Mission, the Bible women played an important role in spreading the Gospel among Chinese women and girls. Describing their labours, Sophia Blackmore told how they faithfully went out on their mission, rain or shine, with a black umbrella. ‘WE HAD our Bible Woman’s...

The medium and the message

Nov 2004     Implications of modern technology on life, thought and culture ONE of the more interesting commentators on modern society was Marshall McLuhan who coined the phrase “The Medium is the Message”. This phrase sought to capture the profound yet often unnoticed implications of modern technology upon modern life, thought and culture. Neither...

‘My sons went to do greater business with the Messiah’

Oct 2004     We are familiar with James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who, together with Peter, were the closest disciples of Jesus. But who was Zebedee, their father, and how did he view his sons’ change of business plans? “Voices from Scripture” is a work of fiction in which we imagine...

BE WISE

Oct 2004     PART 13 OF THE SERIES OF MEDITATIONS ON ‘WISDOM TO LIVE BY: REFLECTIONS ON AN ANCIENT TEXT’ Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:1 THIS passage begins with one of the most puzzling enigmas of life. In verses 15-18 the Preacher describes some of the injustices that he has observed in this world plagued by...
For the Delaneys, music lesson is A FAMILY AFFAIR

For the Delaneys, music lesson is A FAMILY AFFAIR

Oct 2004     IT WAS Dec 20, 1999. My husband and I were out on an anniver-sary date, celebrating 13 years of marriage and 11 years of missionary life in Singapore. As we strolled by a music shop, we noticed that they were having their annual “Christmas sale” and decided to stop and...
Wesleyan scholar proposes lay pastoral leadership

Wesleyan scholar proposes lay pastoral leadership

Oct 2004     BISHOP’S LUNCH FELLOWSHIP FOR LAY LEADERS THE Methodist Church may be ready for a new and revitalised office of lay pastoral leadership, according to a Wesleyan scholar. The Rev Dr David Lowes Watson, founder of Covenant Discipleship, made this point in his address at the Bishop’s Lunch Fellowship for lay...
Heart matters in family of Methodist schools

Heart matters in family of Methodist schools

Oct 2004     METHODIST SCHOOLS STAFF GET-TOGETHER 2004 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you as well.” — Matthew 6: 33. THE Methodist Schools Staff Get-Together 2004 was held at the Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) Campus on Aug 28, 2004. About a thousand...
From 2 teachers and 27 girls to 86 teachers and 2,140 pupils

From 2 teachers and 27 girls to 86 teachers and 2,140 pupils

Oct 2004     80th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS OF GEYLANG METHODIST PRIMARY SCHOOL “Unless the Lord builds the house, the labourers labour in vain.” — Psalm 127:1. OUR hearts rejoice as we look back on how our Heavenly Father has so graciously sustained and showered His blessings upon us for the past 80 years. We...

Church leaders from 4 countries due here for 8th GC

Oct 2004     FIVE top church leaders from Malaysia, Indonesia, Britain and the United States will be attending the 8th General Conference of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) to be held at Sophia Blackmore Hall, Methodist Centre, from Oct 18 to 23, 2004. These guests are the newly-elected Bishop of The Methodist...

A new lease of life for opium smokers

Oct 2004     The Rev Raymond L. Archer, a Methodist missionary in Sumatra and later first locally-elected Bishop of this area in 1950, recounted how he and his church members helped many addicts to throw off their dependency on the vicious opium habit. ‘THAT the opium smoking habit is one of the worst...

Let’s be mature

Oct 2004     AT THE end of July, an irate parent wrote a letter to The Straits Times Forum Page to complain about a morning radio broadcast during which one radio jockey host gave his advice on how a shy caller should approach a girl. His comments were found to be coarse and...
The journey of hospice care

The journey of hospice care

Sep 2004     Methodist Hospice Fellowship conducts training sessions for caregivers and volunteers WHEN faced with a diagnosis of an incurable illness like cancer that is life threatening, the patient, his family and friends embark on what is described as “the journey of hospice care”. The journey of hospice care is often a...

Learning from experience

Sep 2004     PART 12 OF THE SERIES OF MEDITATIONS ON ‘WISDOM TO LIVE BY: REFLECTIONS ON AN ANCIENT TEXT’ Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 EXPERIENCE, it is often said, is a great teacher. But, as J. A. Froude is quick to add, “experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes”. Even a cursory study...

‘We can only boast in the Lord, not in our own selves’

Sep 2004     “Voices from Scripture” is a work of fiction based on some references in Scripture to “minor” characters. This issue’s article features Lucas. Lucas is an imaginary leader of the Corinthian Church. He is a merchant by trade, hosts house gatherings in his home and is generally a good man. However,...
Culmination of two years of prayer and planning

Culmination of two years of prayer and planning

Sep 2004     INTERNATIONAL PRAYER CONFERENCE THE International Prayer Conference for Wesleyans in Renewal (IPCWR), which was held at ACS Barker Road from June 16 to 19, 2004, was the culmination of more than two years of prayer and planning by Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC). It was funded by TRAC, together with local...
Aldersgate Methodist Church celebrates its 25th anniversary

Aldersgate Methodist Church celebrates its 25th anniversary

Sep 2004     As Aldersgate Methodist Church celebrates its 25th anniversary, it is Reaching out to touch lives ALDERSGATE Methodist Church (AMC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and the theme for the celebrations is “Reaching Out … Touching Lives”. This is apt as God has blessed AMC for the past 25...
PRAISE FOR VOICES

PRAISE FOR VOICES

Sep 2004     Performances by Voices of Praise in Melbourne A TAGLINE of the Tourism Board of Australia urges tourists to experience Australia in a different light. From June 17 to 24, 2004, the Voices of Praise Choir did just that. Instead of just taking in the usual sights of Melbourne, the choir...

Which teacher are you?

Sep 2004     Which teacher are you? WO teachers are working side by side, teaching the Tsame grades, doing the same work, and supposedly getting the same results, but – ♦ One has a strong and pleasing personality; the other is colourless; ♦ One shakes hands with a firm, warm grip, the other drops...

How a teacher gave marks to his pupils

Sep 2004     Dr Ho Seng Ong’s vignette of the NEW TEACHER, published more than 80 years ago, bears reflection in times like these. ‘HE MET his class for the first time in the new year. At the end of the day, he said: Boys, listen and I will tell you how I...

In memory of God

Sep 2004     SUKKOT, or better known as the Feast of Tabernacles, comes on the fifth day of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is a Jewish festival that lasts for seven days (Leviticus 23:42). This special occasion commemorates the period of wilderness experiences after the exodus of Israel from Egypt. The Israelites...

Forgiveness is hard, but necessary

Aug 2004     IT’S nice to sit down with a hot drink after a difficult day, though I suppose it’s all partly my fault. But if that Syntyche hadn’t … no, I mustn’t think that way. Clement was very clear when he said that we had to forgive and work together again in...

Money, money, money

Aug 2004     PART 11 OF THE SERIES OF MEDITATIONS ON ‘WISDOM TO LIVE BY: MODERN REFLECTIONS ON AN ANCIENT TEXT’ Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 Whoever loves money never has money enough; Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income (5:10) THE subject that the Preacher addresses in this passage is not wealth per...
The Purpose Driven approach to Youth Ministry

The Purpose Driven approach to Youth Ministry

Aug 2004     “PURPOSE Driven Youth Ministry” is not about Rick Warren of Doug Fields. It is not about adopting the approach and style of Saddleback church. It is not a Western or Californian concept. Even having a vision statement or goal does not make a ministry Purpose Driven; just as being in a...

Ministering to the Indian Diaspora in new dimensions

Aug 2004     THE challenge to take the Gospel within Indian traditions to the 20 million people in the Indian Diaspora (“Indian Diaspora” means the peoples from the Indian Sub-Continent) in a fast-changing world is the vision of the Fellowship of Indian Denominational Churches (FIDC). On Oct 16, 2000, the FIDC was formed...
Boys’ Brigade gets Singapore Youth Award for BB Sharity Gift Box project

Boys’ Brigade gets Singapore Youth Award for BB Sharity Gift Box project

Aug 2004     THE Boys’ Brigade Sharity Gift Box (BBSGB) project has been awarded the Singapore Youth Award 2004, Community and Youth Services (Team). The Singapore Youth Award [SYA] is the highest youth accolade in Singapore. It confers national honour upon youths and organisations in Singapore which have significantly achieved excellence and contributed...

NCCS statement on casino

Aug 2004     THE National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) has issued a statement explaining why it does not favour the building of a casino in Singapore. It is responding to the Singapore Government’s recent announcement that the Government is exploring the feasibil-ity of developing an entertainment resort which may also include a...
New CD features songs by Bishop and  Methodist Church musicians

New CD features songs by Bishop and Methodist Church musicians

Aug 2004     ACOMPACT DISC of Christian songs from both the East and West produced by the Methodist School of Music (MSM) was launched at the recent Aldersgate Convention in May. “Endless Praise — From East and West” comprises 17 songs and hymns in English, Mandarin and Hokkien written by such great composers...

Church dedication in Sitiawan

Aug 2004     Despite facing economic hardship because of the rubber slump, the Rev E. Simpson Baird, Missionary-in-charge, said that the early Christians in Perak maintained a positive attitude which led, among other achievements, to a … ‘...THE colony [Sitiawan], which was opened in 1905, was the foundation upon which the work has been...
A historic event:  Bishop Dr Solomon’s visit to Zambia

A historic event: Bishop Dr Solomon’s visit to Zambia

Aug 2004     THE visit of Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), and Mrs Solomon to Zambia, on the invitation of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ), is a historic event in that for most of our life as a church the outside partnerships of UCZ have...

Feeding sheep or amusing goats?

Aug 2004     “For other FOUNDATION can no man lay that is laid, which is JESUS CHRIST.” – 1 Corinthians 3:11 AN EVIL is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most short-sighted can hardly fail to notice it. During the past few years it has...

Workshop highlights importance of stewardship and accountability

Jul 2004     Tips for Methodist Welfare Services senior staff and management volunteers WHAT are the important questions that a non-profit Christian com-munity service organisation should be asking with regard to stewardship and accountability? Are there similarities and differences between the private and public sectors that we can begin to articulate? A workshop...
Gourmet dinner brings home the bacon

Gourmet dinner brings home the bacon

Jul 2004     Methodist Schools’ Foundation Charity Dinner LET’S have the best “Lgourmet dinner that will be the event most talked about in town!” said Mr Quek Chin Tiong, Chairman of the Methodist Schools’ Foundation (MSF) Charity Dinner – Culinary Inspira-tions. And so some of Singapore’s finest and best chefs, including Mr Justin...
A call to pray for the nation

A call to pray for the nation

Jul 2004     PRAY for the nation, but recognise that nations are penultimate realities, and avoid making God into a tribal God. This was the direction given by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon as he launched the national prayer movement styled “prayer@marketplace” on March 30, 2004 at a local restaurant. Initiated by a number...

All church duties are spiritual duties

Jul 2004     “Voices from Scripture” is a work of fiction based on some references in Scripture to “minor” characters. As the Bible gives us few lines about these people, this series imagines what they would have been like, their personality, and what their thoughts could have been in the situations mentioned. It...
Born in US, interred in S’pore

Born in US, interred in S’pore

Jul 2004     OBITUARY: REV WILLIAM DENVER STONE (Dec 11, 1926 – May 8, 2004) THE Rev William Denver Stone who passed away on May 8, 2004 at a nursing home in Greensboro, North Carolina at the age of 77, was a Methodist missionary for 32 years in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore before...

A Dyak spirit?

Jul 2004     Trying to help one of the pupils in the girls’ school in Sibu, Sarawak, missionary Rev J. M. Hoover tells of the strange encounter he and his wife had with … ‘SEVERAL years ago two Chinese girls from the bazaar came to the girls’ school. They were not Christians. The...

Journeying with strangers to the Cross

Jul 2004     Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road … that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. —...

Voices of Praise to perform in Melbourne

Jun 2004     VOICES of Praise will present an evening of sacred classics and spirituals entitled "Sing Sing Sing" at Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church on June 4 and at Kim Tian Christian Church on June 12 in aid of their building funds. The full concert programme will also feature several Chinese songs, including...

A babe, but it’s the Messiah!

Jun 2004     "Voices from Scripture" is a work of fiction based on some references in Scripture to "minor" characters. As the Bible gives us few lines about these people, this series imagines what they would have been like, their personality, and what their thoughts could have been in the situations mentioned. It...
Focus more on your life  as preachers, pastors told

Focus more on your life as preachers, pastors told

Jun 2004     A group of pastors discussing the significance of the Holy Communion. - Methodist Message picture. COMBINED PASTORS' RETREAT AT SOFITEL PALM RESORT, JOHOR: APRIL 13-15, 2004 "THE ministry of the Word" was the theme for the Combined Pastors' Retreat when nearly 100 Methodist pastors gathered at Sofitel Palm Resort in...

There is hope in the Lord

Jun 2004     TWENTY-FIVE years ago, with the revival of the institutional church in China after the Cultural Revolution, some painted a very bleak picture for Christians there: widespread persecution, heresy due to a lack of Bibles and teaching, a cowed official church. But nobody could deny that there was a great hunger...
Delayed ceremony gave MCYC more time to launch new services

Delayed ceremony gave MCYC more time to launch new services

Jun 2004     Dr Ong and Bishop Dr Solomon unveiling the plaque to mark the dedication of the Methodist Children and Youth Centre. - Methodist Children and Youth Centre picture. DEDICATION SERVICE FOR METHODIST CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE THE Dedication Service for the Methodist Children and Youth Centre (MCYC), which was originally scheduled...

Meditating on the words of Jesus

Jun 2004     "A Chinese Christian", evidently a doctor, reflects on his insightful meditation after a hard day's work, physically, mentally and spiritually tired. It was an uplifting experience which we can share, personally experience and benefit from, provided one makes the time and effort. '… ONE Sunday evening I visited a patient...
Three proposals to tackle current  challenges to the  church

Three proposals to tackle current challenges to the church

Jun 2004     REV HOWARD PESKETT'S TALK TO LAY LEADERS AND CHURCH MEMBERS THE Kingdom of God is "unshakeable" and Jesus Christ is "the same today and yesterday and forever", but the church faces some challenges today. That was the message of the Rev Howard Peskett to a group of lay leaders and...

The People Called Methodists an inspiring read

Jun 2004     The People Called Methodists Editors: Peter Teo, Earnest Lau, George Martzen Publisher: The Methodist Church in Singapore 182 pages Hard cover $35 Soft cover $19 Available at Methodist Centre, 70 Barker Road Tel: 6478-4780/4781 Also available: A Study Guide for the book: $2 PUBLISHED by The Methodist Church in Singapore...

The Church and a child’s memory

Jun 2004     Importance of passing our faith to the young AMONG my many Sunday School teachers in the past, I remember one for his unusual methods. He would make his students stand in a line and then ask us to recite the Lord's Prayer, the Apostles' Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes,...

Walk aims to raise $2m for Methodist schools

May 2004     THE Methodist Schools' Foundation (MSF) is organising a walk -- MethodistWALK 2004 -- on May 29, 2004 at 7 am to raise funds for our 14 Methodist schools. The 3.8-km walk will start and end at the entrance of Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC). This is the route: From the entrance...

‘I was much more secure with Jesus’

May 2004     Voices from Scripture" is a work of fiction based on some references in Scripture to "minor" characters. As the Bible gives us few lines about these people, this series imagines what they would have been like, their personality, and what their thoughts could have been in the situations mentioned. It...

Society of preachers to hold international conference here

May 2004     THE Societas Homiletica, an international society of preachers, pastors and professors of homiletics, will hold its 6th International Conference at Trinity Theological College from June 12 to 17, 2004. The college will host the conference, which is entitled "Preaching as Shaping Experience in A World of Conflict". The Societas Homiletica...

The spirit of shalom

May 2004     The Rev Dr Douglas E. Wingeier, who had lectured at Trinity Theological College, visited Singapore recently, and preached a sermon at Kampong Kapor Methodist Church on Feb 22, 2004. Below is a summary of the sermon. WHEN Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem on his last fateful week, he...

The church without border

May 2004     WHENEVER the question of church growth surfaces among pastors or church leaders, it presents an opportunity for either boasting one's achievement for the church or defending the existing condition of the church. Statements like "We have experienced phenomenal growth under my leadership", "stability is the key to our membership" and...
The story behind MGS’ Louise McKee Wing

The story behind MGS’ Louise McKee Wing

May 2004     LOUISE McKEE: Died within a few hours of her arrival in Singapore. - Methodist Church Archives picture. METHODIST Girls' School pupils, past and present, will surely remember the Louise McKee Wing at Mt Sophia, and now at Blackmore Drive. But they may not know that Louise was the daughter of...
A special highlight for Asian Methodist Bishops

A special highlight for Asian Methodist Bishops

May 2004     Courtesy call on President S. R. Nathan PRESIDENT S. R. Nathan extended a special and rare privilege to 30 visiting Asian Methodist Bishops when he hosted a tea party for them as they paid a courtesy call on him at the Istana on the morning of March 15, 2004. Led...
International Prayer Conference to be held from June 16-19

International Prayer Conference to be held from June 16-19

May 2004     TRINITY Annual Conference (TRAC) of The Methodist Church in Singapore is organising an International Prayer Conference for Wesleyans in Renewal - Restoring the Wesleyan Flame - to be held at the ACS (Barker Road) Campus from June 16 to 19, 2004. It will begin with an Opening Service on June...
Unite and work closer, Asian Methodist Bishops told

Unite and work closer, Asian Methodist Bishops told

May 2004     The Rev Ralph Lee (standing), President of The Methodist Church, Hong Kong, sharing his message at the morning worship service on March 15. - Methodist Message picture. ASIAN Methodist Bishops have been given three reasons why they should unite and work closer. They are: 1. Because of rapid changes in...

The Spirit’s lullaby

May 2004     Finding rest in the midst of restlessness THE scream of a disturbed child shatters the silence of the night. It is soon joined by a mother's loving and reassuring lullaby. Fear and love then have a strange conversation and fear begins to listen to love. The frightened child is soothed...

The importance of baptism

May 2004     John the Baptizer appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance - Mark 1:4. THE church of today lives in an ethically debilitating climate. Where did we go wrong? Was it the urbane self-centredness of Peale's Power of Positive Thinking and its therapeutic successors? Was it the liberal, civic-club...

Tributes for Lee Soo Ann

Apr 2004     MORE than 140 people turned up for the valedictory service in honour of Dr Lee Soo Ann who retired from the Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) as its General Secretary last December. It was a moving scene when tributes were read out by BSS staff and leaders of other national...
The Lord heard me and gave me this precious gift’

The Lord heard me and gave me this precious gift’

Apr 2004     I PRAISE and honour God for giving me the opportunity to give my testimony at the GC-WSCS Thanksgiving Service. I was married for five years and I was childless. My husband and I wanted to have a baby as early as possible. I was called "barren". All of us know...
Macedonian  President Trajkovski, a United  Methodist,  dies in plane crash in Bosnia

Macedonian President Trajkovski, a United Methodist, dies in plane crash in Bosnia

Apr 2004     lashback: President Trajkovski (left) receiving the 2002 World Methodist Peace Award. - UMNS picture. PRESIDENT Boris Trajkovski, a United Methodist who helped unite his country of Macedonia and was admired in many circles for his skills at peacemaking and bridge-building, died on Feb 26, 2004 in a plane crash in...

What is Christian social concerns

Apr 2004     WHAT is the biblical perspective for Christian social concerns? What is "social holiness"? How do you even start reaching out to the least among us? The Rev Dr Daniel Koh, a lecturer at Trinity Theological College and District Superintendent (West) of Trinity Annual Conference, will address these topics at the...
Howard Peskett the keynote speaker at Pastors’ Retreat

Howard Peskett the keynote speaker at Pastors’ Retreat

Apr 2004     THE REV PESKETT: No stranger to Singapore. PASTORS' RETREAT AT SOFITEL PALM RESORT, JOHOR, APRIL 13-15, 2004 THE Pastors' Retreat at Sofitel Palm Resort in Johor from April 13 to 15, 2004 will go on as scheduled with one change - there will be a new keynote speaker in place...

MCS gives $76,000 to Iran quake victims

Apr 2004     THE Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) has given close to $76,000 to the victims of the recent earthquake in Iran. At the beginning of this year, on Jan 2, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon sent a cheque from the MCS for $10,000 to the Singapore Red Cross Society for the relief...

When silence speaks volumes

Apr 2004     After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave … I'M SURE you've seen pictures...
Methodist schools staff inspired  by Methodism’s rich heritage

Methodist schools staff inspired by Methodism’s rich heritage

Apr 2004     A section of the school staff listening attentively to Bishop Dr Solomon. - Methodist Message picture. MORE than 150 principals, vice-principals, senior teachers and Christian Ministry Staff of our Methodist schools attended a talk recently on "Methodism" given by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon. The talk, organised by the Council on...
Methodist Walk 2004