“At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: ‘The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.’” (2 Cor 8:14–15, NIV)
This year’s CAC Sunday took place on 12 Aug 2018. The Sunday saw more than 60 pastors travelling across Singapore to speak at 67 Chinese, English and dialect services in 17 CAC churches! A yearly event that falls on the second Sunday of August, CAC Sunday is
when CAC pastors preach at another CAC church, focusing on a common message. It presents an opportunity for church members to experience the itinerant system that is so much a part of our Methodist heritage.
The message this year was “United in Christ”, and all the pastors spoke from 2 Cor 8:8–15. Lay leaders from various churches also took the opportunity to visit their sister churches.
CAC Board Retreats
CAC saw unity in diversity across several Board retreats held in the last three months.
Lay Ministry Staff Retreat
Fifty-three lay ministry staff attended a retreat on 25 July 2018 at Village Hotel Changi and Pulau Ubin. Themed “Enliven, Up! Up! Away!”, it was inspired by 2 Th 2:15–17. Reflecting the spirit of Methodist “connectionalism”, TRAC President Rev Gordon Wong was the retreat speaker. The CAC President and the District Superintendents were also present. The retreat was also a way of appreciating our dedicated lay ministry staff who are pillars of support in the work of our local churches.
Lay Leaders Retreat
A retreat for Lay Leaders, organised by CAC Board of Laity, was held at Grace Methodist Church on 4 Aug 2018. It covered topics such as “the clergy-laity partnership”, “the role of the lay leader in the connectional system of the Methodist Church” and “the future of the Chinese churches and congregations”. The leaders to prayed for the needs of one another’s churches, giving thanks for God’s blessings and grace. The retreat provided much food for thought as churches plan for their ministries.
Youth Workers and Leaders Retreat
The Board of Youth Ministry (BOYM) organised an annual retreat for Youth workers and leaders from 19 to 20 Oct 2018 at the National Community Leadership Institute. This year’s retreat, themed “Engage”, focused on equipping our Youth workers and leaders to engage our youths in relatable and meaningful discussions. This is important, lest we risk “losing” our youths and allowing their views to be shaped solely by the media, peers and society.
Ms Jillian Koh of Sterling Campus spoke on the topic of sexuality—specifically, modern society’s misconceptions and misrepresentations of sexuality, which may contradict the biblical understanding.
The next BOYM event will be held in January 2019. Leaders across CAC churches #CACTogetherYouths will gather for an envisioning night.
Photos courtesy of the Chinese Annual Conference