Every year, the Emmanual Tamil Annual Conference (ETAC), under the co-ordination of the Worship & Music Board, gathers to celebrate God’s faithfulness to His Church and receive the vision, direction and plan for the coming year.
On 1 Feb 2020, 300 members of the eight ETAC churches came together to celebrate their Annual Thanksgiving Service tb at Tamil Methodist Church, Short Street. Each church presented a song of thanksgiving according to the theme and this year, it was “God’s Grace”.
The service commenced with church leaders, along with WSCS and MYF, carrying their respective banners as part of the procession led by the pastors of the Conference. Emmanuel Praise, the ensemble of ETAC’s musicians and singers, led the congregation in beautiful hymns and songs. Each church rendered their Tamil and Telugu songs in various styles—folk, classical and modern contemporary. At the end of the joyful service, the pastors and their spouses led the congregation in the Benediction song.
ETAC President, the Rev James Nagulan, addressed the congregation, inspiring them through the growth of the early Church from Acts 2. He also shared statistics of churches’ growth, and elaborated on the new plans and strategies of the Conference in the year ahead. He explained that though the road ahead could seem daunting and uncomfortable, a paradigm shift in our thinking was necessary in today’s society. Many were motivated and reassured of the potential growth in ETAC, realising the significance of their roles and responding enthusiastically.
Pastor Jeremy James is the Assistant Pastor of Tamil Methodist Church, Short Street. / Photo courtesy of the Emmanual Tamil Annual Conference