On 5 May, Aldersgate Methodist Church (AMC) celebrated its 40th anniversary. The bilingual anniversary service saw the church sanctuary filled to capacity—and overflowing.
In her greetings, a beaming Pastor-in-Charge, the Rev Dr Lynette Sathiasingam, gave glory and thanks to God for His faithfulness and goodness over the past four decades. She also paid tribute to the pioneers of AMC, a number of whom are still with the church, for their dedicated service.
For the first time, more than one bishop, an Annual Conference president and three guest pastors were present at our anniversary service. Reflecting the close relationship between our church and the schools, the principals of Fairfield Methodist School, both Primary and Secondary—Mdm Law Li Mei and Ms Audrey Chen respectively—joined the celebration service too.
God’s purpose for the Church
In his sermon, “God’s Faithfulness and Purpose for the Church”, Bishop Emeritus (BE) Dr Robert Solomon emphasised that the Church exists—first and foremost—for the glory and praise of God (Phil 1:11). He said: “The Church does not belong to us. It belongs to God. It is for His glory that we must live and serve.
“We glorify God by being pure and blameless and being filled with the fruit of righteousness. […] The focus is on our inner character, the kind of people we become. The inner character has to do with Jesus. He has to dwell in us and through His cross and indwelling Spirit, we are transformed into Christlikeness.”
BE Dr Solomon exhorted the congregation: “We must know Jesus. Then only can we become Christlike.” In short, we need to grow in knowledge and maturity through God’s written word (the Bible) and the living Word (Jesus).
The official anniversary programme ended with a lunch reception. The joyous celebrations continued, however, as guests and church members exchanged stories and reminisced about AMC’s 40-year journey with a faithful God.
Peter Teo is a member of the Archives Committee of Aldersgate Methodist Church and a former Editor of Methodist Message.
Photos courtesy of Aldersgate Methodist Church