Trinity Methodist Church (TMC) is a family church established by a group of young couples when they saw the need for a Methodist church in the Serangoon Gardens area. They organised worship services and Sunday School classes in five homes, leading to TMC’s inception in 1956.
62 years on, TMC has about 30 small groups and 700 regular worshippers across our English services, Mandarin service, Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry – a testament to God’s faithfulness.
God has also opened doors for us to engage with the community near and far. About 25 years ago, we started reaching out to the children and youth at Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home. We praise God that some of them have become leaders in our Youth Ministry. In 2007, we took over the running of an IT centre in Serangoon North. Youth Avenue has become a safe place for the neighbourhood youth to meet others and participate in activities like soccer training and our annual Christmas party.
In the 1990s, we adopted Cambodia as our mission focus and established a sister church, Glory Trinity Methodist there, raising a new generation of Jesus followers among the least reached.
While we continue as a family church, there is a greater desire to embrace and draw the community around us into God’s family. The current vision of our church, “Where Disciples Make Disciples”, seeks to fulfil The Great Commission.
This vision was inspired in 2013 when our Pastor-in-Charge (PIC), the Rev Alvin Chan, had a dream to make everyone around him a better Christian. God revealed to him that making people better Christians meant making disciples because God wanted disciples, not just Christians.
This is both challenging and exciting as we look at how to turn our relationships with one another into discipling ones. It involves going beyond just asking “How’s your day?” to asking “How’s your walk with God?” It requires older Christians to reach out to younger ones, sometimes across generations, asking for permission to speak into their lives. It requires youths and young adults to humbly desire mentorship in their spiritual journeys.
“Discipleship cannot be accidental and it cannot be done alone. It requires a community to be intentionally interested in helping one another embark on a journey of spiritual transformation toward Christ-likeness,” said TMC Lay Ministry staff, Ang Hern Shung.
The vision of the church can be fulfilled only when every single member wants to be a disciple and then invests in others to help them become disciples. It may look like a simple vision, but it will take hard work to put into practice.
As we embark on this exciting season in our 62nd year, we are trusting God to bring this vision to fruition. What seems impossible for man is possible with God.
Christabel Reena David is the Communications Chairperson of Trinity Methodist Church.
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