DELIGHTED Sengkang Methodist Church (SKMC) members turned up in droves at the inaugural service at the church’s new premises on Dec 1, 2002.
Members, young and old, their friends and Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) leaders – all numbering close to 400 – sang songs of praise with gusto in thanksgiving and celebration of the completion of the new church building at the junction of Anchorvale Road and Anchorvale Lane.
The Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, the CAC President, reminded the congregation that SKMC’s motto is “Go Forth”, and they must therefore “go forward” and serve the residents of Sengkang with the love and instructions of God.
He said that the people in the area were like “sheep without a shepherd … they seek a life free of trouble and problems”.
“What can we offer them?” he asked in his sermon entitled “God’s Way, Men’s Way”.
“We can share with them God’s love and grace. We can also serve them and help to fulfil their needs. But in all that we do, we must remember to do them not just with our own human planning but more importantly, to do so with God’s wisdom and instructions.
“It is not by might, nor by power, but by the Holy Spirit that our mission in Sengkang will succeed,” he added.
The one-and-a-half-hour service closed with the serving of the Holy Communion, after which the congregation adjourned for a time of refreshments and fellowship.
After the service, a beaming Rev Chng Siew Sin, Pastor-in-Charge of Sengkang Methodist Church, told Methodist Message: “God is so great because He has fulfilled every single one of all His promises to His people.
“He promised to deliver us to Sengkang in good time, and today we are able to worship Him and celebrate in this beautiful church because He has kept His promise.”