Ang Mo Kio Tamil Methodist Church (AMKTMC) is one of the eight local churches that constitute the Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC).
Pioneering work in the Tamil community was started by Tamil Methodist Church (Short Street). In 1976, to meet the spiritual needs in the Ang Mo Kio and Bishan areas, the church germinated in the home of Mr and Mrs Muthiah through the Rev Prabhu Das Roberts. Later, to accommodate a growing congregation and make more space for nurturing souls, it moved to the residence of Mr and Mrs Daniel Poore.
With God’s immense blessings, the Rev Dr Eddie J Thoraisingam, who was then President of ETAC, called for the constituting of the church. It was constituted on 6 July 1980 by Bishop Kao Jih Chung in Mayflower Rise.
In 1984, the church began sharing its current premises at Ang Mo Kio St 21 with Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) and the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), forming a joint management model with representatives from the three congregations.
We seek to fulfill the mission that the Lord has given our church. This year, our theme is “Renewed in His Spirit”. We have increased our prayers and are seeking God to renew and reform us to walk in His Spirit.
With about 160 regular attendees, the congregation is spread across the island and zoned into four areas. Each group in the four zones gathers with the aim of bonding with other members in the area. Our worship services are led by our choir with traditional songs.
As a part of our new Tamil outreach ministry initiative in Sengkang, the Tamil Ministry @ Sengkang started in 2015. Since Sep 2017, it has been holding Sunday evening worship services at Sengkang Methodist Church. The vision is for this ministry to become a preaching point by 2020.
The Fellowship of Indian Brothers ministry is actively involved in reaching out to the foreign Indian brothers working and living in Singapore. Free spoken English and computer classes are offered every Sunday on the church premises.
The ministry of the Fellowship of Indian Sisters, consisting both local and foreign Indian sisters, meet once a month on a Sunday afternoon. They encourage and support each other with God’s love.
AMKTMC also supports missions in India, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Our social concerns arm actively supports the needy among the church and the neighbourhood through a food bank. Tamil tuition classes are conducted every Friday to reach out to the children who live nearby.
The church faces challenges in grooming the next generation of leaders, maintaining members’ consistent participation in church activities and reaching out to those in the neighbourhood in an urban setting. We seek your continued prayers and support.
Danie Joyson is the Coordinator for Communication and Archivist of Ang Mo Kio Tamil Methodist Church.
Photo courtesy of Ang Mo Kio Tamil Methodist Church