The seed that was to be Cairnhill Methodist Church was sown on 23 Jan 1994, at the Centennial Thanksgiving Service of Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (KKMC). KKMC members were challenged to leave the comfort of their pews and share their faith by planting new preaching points with a view to establishing new churches.
A few took up the call. On 6 Oct 1996, the first worship service of Cairnhill Chapel was held at Anglo-Chinese School (Junior). Almost two years after, with the Rev Peter Goh as pastor-in-charge, Cairnhill Methodist Church, the 17th church in Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC), was constituted with the mission “to be a light to all nations”.
At the time, a small group of about 15 people met in the school’s theatrette and had combined worship with youths and children. The Cairnhill pioneers did not think of themselves as a “small church”. They trusted God to open hearts as they reached out to unbelievers, both locally and abroad. They welcomed into their fold those who did not belong to any church.
As the church grew, and other ministry opportunities arose, it became necessary to define the church’s core ministries. The leaders held a retreat where they prayerfully considered the church’s history, relative advantages, strategic strengths and weaknesses, and arrived at her spiritual DNA: the Lord’s calling for Cairnhill to make a difference in terms of ministry through families, healing and missions.
The conviction was that Cairnhill’s unique character was to bring its prophetic gifts (such as physical and inner healing, worship, words of knowledge) to wherever it was called to go, whether to the nations through missions, or to the boys in ACSJ and their families, or to our own church community.
Cairnhill welcomes all. It invites its congregants to “Live L.I.F.E. Together”, where L.I.F.E. stands for “LOVE, IMPART, FELLOWSHIP and EVANGELISE”, and to live it more abundantly as a family.
Photos courtesy of Cairnhill Methodist Church