Welfare

MWS partners Methodists to do more

Sep 2009    

UNITY is strength and a people united can achieve great things. Mountains can be moved if every one simply takes care of one little stone. What more in times of adversity?

Through these trying times, the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) is collaborating with even more partners to give the underprivileged and the needy a better life. The MWS works with schools, grassroots organisations, self-help groups, voluntary welfare organisations and government agencies. Among its work partners are also private companies and individuals who volunteer at the centres.

Surely the most significant partner the MWS has is the Methodist community. Since the MWS was set up in 1982, this unity in spirit and labour has benefited and blessed many people in need – disfranchised children, families in crisis and the sick and the elderly.

Annual Bursary Programme – 270 needy children receive more than $90,000:
The Methodist Church in Singapore’s General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service (GC-WSCS) has been partnering the MWS for the bursary programme and the biennial MWS conference. irteen Methodist churches also partnered the MWS to disburse the bursaries to students living in their respective vicinities.

Operating centres together – serving thousands every year: Seven Methodist churches cooperate with the MWS to either provide a service or run a centre for the people in need. Apart from Christalite Methodist Home which provides shelter for the destitute, these family service and student care centres provide support and aid to thousands of disadvantaged families and children who need that little bit of help to cope with life’s demands.

The centres are: Kampong Kapor FSC (with Kampong Kapor Methodist Church), Covenant FSC (with Paya Lebar MC), Sembawang FSC (with Covenant Community MC), Tampines FSC (with Pentecost MC), Christalite Methodist Home (Christ MC), D’Joy Student Care (with Hinghwa MC) and iConnect Student Care (with Toa Payoh Methodist MC).

More Methodist groups and individuals are getting directly involved in the lives of the people the MWS serves, through volunteering and donating funds.

Worthy of special mention are the Trackers from the Trinity Annual Conference’s Board of Youth Ministry. The eyes of 20 teenagers and young adults were opened to the realities of Singapore’s needy when they came face to face with the people the MWS serves during their three-month long internship last year.

It is also very encouraging that many members of local churches such as Wesley, Aldersgate, Barker Road, Covenant Community, Living Waters, Paya Lebar and Grace Methodist Church, visit the residents of the MWS’s Bethany Methodist Nursing Home regularly, bringing hope and cheer to the elderly sick there.

We invite all Methodists to come alongside the MWS so that even more can be done to serve the community. If your church is interested to be part of the MWS’ social concerns ministry, please call 6478-4700 or email us at volunteer@mws.com.sg

Pearl Lee is the Communications Consultant, Methodist Welfare Services.

MWS charity golf event rakes in $280,000

FOR MANY, July 29, 2009 was just another work day. But for the Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), it was one of the most momentous days of the year – our annual charity golf event, Fellowship on the Greens 2009.

Both the MWS and the organising committee were initially worried about the impact of the challenging economic climate. But their fears were unfounded. By God’s grace, the target was surpassed and $280,000 was raised.

The event’s success would not have been possible without the help of Aldersgate Methodist Church, the convening church, which worked extremely hard to rope in sponsors and donations.

More than 200 golfers turned up at Tanah Merah Country Club to indulge in some golf, fellowship and good food. About 70 of them were early-risers and played in the morning due to the overwhelming response. Most of the participants arrived in the afternoon, together with the Guest-of-Honour, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

During the post-game dinner, the organising committee showed its appreciation to several donors and sponsors by presenting them with personalised plaques.

The top golfers were also rewarded. The Pastor’s Challenge trophy went to the Rev Dr Gordon Wong. Dr Balakrishnan also presented the Mrs Rosalyn Tay Cup to Ladies’ Division winner Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, the Dr Tay Eng Soon Cup and Mr Edwin Chan Cup to the Men’s Division champion and first runner-up churches. Taking home these cups were Bedok Methodist Church and Paya Lebar Methodist Church respectively.

Michelle Tan is the Executive (Communications) of the Methodist Welfare Services.

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