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Bringing sunshine into the lives of the sick and elderly

Jun 2020    
When volunteer activities were suspended and COVID-19 spread, the Sunshine Group gathered at a member's home before the Circuit Breaker was implemented to record a prayer and music appreciation sessions for the Home's residents

Serving together: The spirit of service and community work that is our Methodist heritage

For over 30 years, the Sunshine Group has been faithfully volunteering at MWS Bethany Nursing Home – Choa Chu Kang. Led by Mdm June Ho, this dedicated group of seniors, ranging in age from sixties to nineties, has been a constant source of comfort and friendship to the residents. In recognition of their efforts, they received the Inspirational Patient Support Group award at the Singapore Health Inspirational Patient Awards in 2017.

Aunty June, as she is fondly known, leads the group in conducting prayer and music appreciation sessions with the residents every Thursday morning. Before each session, Mdm Ho prepares a comprehensive song list with hymns, Teresa Teng classics and Chinese pop hits. To cater to the multi-lingual residents, the volunteers have even learnt some Tamil songs. They also organise monthly birthday celebrations and mark festive occasions, contributing funds to buy gifts and snacks for the residents.

Mdm Ho, who worships at Living Waters Methodist Church (MC), shared what has kept her going over the years: “For the elderly, especially the elderly sick, to feel lonely and less able can be painful and discouraging. Friendship and love give them hope and assurance that there are people who care. That’s what my friends and I aim to bring to the residents at the Home every week.”

With her passion for serving others, Mdm Ho is among the many members from TRAC churches who are actively volunteering with MWS to serve the disadvantaged and distressed. For these volunteers, it is a two-way process. As they walk alongside and show love and grace to people in need, their lives are enriched by the joy and satisfaction of bringing hope and impacting lives.

We invite you to partner with us as part of the Methodist family to serve the disadvantaged and underprivileged. For more information on volunteer opportunities, check out https://mws.sg/volunteer or scan the QR code.

If you have more ideas on how you or your small group can be involved, please contact us at volunteer@mws.sg.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)

MWS partnerships with TRAC churches

  • MWS Christalite Methodist Home is a partnership with Christ MC.
  • MWS Senior Activity Centre – GoldenLily @ Pasir Ris is a partnership with Pentecost MC.
  • MWS Senior Activity Centre – Kebun Baru is a partnership with Ang Mo Kio MC.
  • MWS Wesley Senior Activity Centre – Jalan Berseh is a partnership with Wesley MC.
  • MWS Covenant Family Service Centre – Hougang and Buangkok is a partnership with Paya Lebar MC.
  • MWS Family Service Centre – Tampines is a partnership with Pentecost MC.

Other TRAC churches also volunteer regularly at MWS Centres, such as befriending and recreational activities at our nursing homes. These include groups from Aldersgate MC, Barker Road MC, Covenant Community MC, Faith MC and Methodist Church of the Incarnation.

Credit: By the Methodist Welfare (MWS) Communications Team / Photo courtesy of Methodist Welfare Services

 

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