Toa Payoh Chinese Methodist Church (TPCMC) was born in 1971 when Faith, Foochow, Kum Yan, Kampong Kapor and Wesley Methodist Churches came together to lay the foundation of evangelism in the New Town.
To provide the growing English and Chinese congregation with a long-term place of worship in Toa Payoh, The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) tendered for a plot of land for the construction of a sanctuary and activity rooms. Foochow MC led the construction efforts, with the rest of the Methodist churches contributing to the building funds.
Even before construction was officially completed in 1973, TPCMC began worship service in the sanctuary of the partially-completed building. In 1977, TPCMC formed a local conference with the approval of MCS. In 2008, TPCMC rebuilt the church building and, in 2018, further expanded its facilities.
The main ministerial work of TPCMC is that of evangelism (Matt 28:18–20). When disciples of Christ emulate His life and participate in His ministry, their lives undergo revival and they can shine for Him. This way, they can lead others to Christ, so that they too may become His disciples.
To achieve this vision, TPCMC’s leadership has been implementing a six-year plan, themed “Arise! Shine!” with the hope that the congregation will become a church of a thousand members. The plan has three stages: “Grow deep”; “Get equipped”; and “Go forth”. To this end, TPCMC has also organised the Youth Alpha Course; evangelism-based outreach tea sessions; Christmas evangelistic service; and Gospel Sunday service.
To draw the Toa Payoh community closer to Christ, TPCMC has also initiated activities such as “爱邻40”, a programme that cares for 40 families in the neighbourhood; gift distribution in the community; excursions; seminars targeted at daily living; and make-up lessons. This year, TPCMC will conduct church revival meetings; spiritual formation talks; workshops on writing personal testimonies; conversational evangelism; and a church camp to bring the topic of community evangelism to its congregation.
TPCMC completed its second redevelopment works earlier in 2020. Its purpose was to improve existing facilities and enlarge activity spaces for TPCMC’s evangelistic works and social programmes. This year, we prayerfully encourage our congregation to pledge towards the redevelopment fund and to participate in our church’s anniversary lunch banquet, so that we can meet our fund-raising goal. We also hope that you will continue to keep our fund-raising efforts in your prayers and consider making a contribution.
Timothy Toh Hong Ern is TPCMC’s Archivist and Steward.
Photos courtesy Toa Payoh Chinese Methodist Church