Looking ahead to The Giving Methodist (TGM) 2019, we chatted with two first-time volunteers during this year’s TGM.
Phyllis Han works full-time in human resources and worships at Charis Methodist Church.
I heard an announcement about TGM in my church and thought it would be a good way to start volunteering.
I wanted to work with either children or the elderly, and needed to fit the activity into my schedule. Looking through the available listings on the TGM Give Time website, I found a session at Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home (CSLMCH) which worked for me.
Trinity Methodist Church organises monthly activities with CSLMCH, and I went along one Saturday when they took the children to SAFRA Toa Payoh for bowling. Realising that the children needed someone to be real with them and not treat them as “special”, I tried my best to listen and get to know them. Since then, I have returned to CSLMCH several times.
If you are thinking about volunteering—stop thinking, and just find somewhere to start. Give whatever time or resources you have and you will end up receiving more than you gave.
Tan Chee Keong is a father of two young children and attends Pentecost Methodist Church. The regional sales manager and his family distributed food hampers to beneficiaries living in Tampines.
I heard about TGM through my church, and chose a hamper distribution activity organised by our Social Concerns Ministry. It was our first time volunteering as a family. That day, we went door to door distributing donated food items to residents of one-room flats in Tampines. It was a humbling experience, and a good learning journey for my children.
The event was well-organised, which is important for families with young kids.
We are looking for other opportunities to Give Time as a family.
Everyone should volunteer at least once to experience the joy of giving back to society.
The Giving Methodist aims to galvanise all Methodists to perform acts of love during the period of Lent. TGM 2019 will run from 6 March to 13 April. Please look out for our announcements.
MWS Post-AGM 2018 Announcement: Board of Governance appointment changes
We welcome Dr Tan Hai Chuang, our Assistant Honorary Secretary, and Mr Robin Cheong, our Assistant Honorary Treasurer.
The Rev Jasper Sim, Mr Terence Phung and Mr Charles Loh have stepped down. We thank them for their service.
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