Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church (TACMC) was established in 1889 by the pioneer missionary Dr Benjamin West to reach out to Chinese immigrants. The church started out in a rented shophouse and later moved to a zinc hut.
In 1918, Swan & Maclaren, the architecture firm responsible for landmarks such as Raffles Hotel and Victoria Concert Hall, was engaged to design a new church building at Telok Ayer Street. The building, which was completed in 1925 and gazetted as a national monument on TACMC’s centenary, stands to this day.
We thank God for using TACMC to bless the surrounding community and beyond.
In 1935, Dr John Sung, a well-known evangelist from China, conducted revival meetings at the church. When World War II broke out in Singapore in 1941, the building was used as a medical post and bomb shelter.
Over the course of almost 130 years, many have become disciples of Christ through TACMC. Churches, such as Queenstown Methodist Church and Grace Methodist Church, have grown out of the Telok Ayer congregation. TACMC has also sent out numerous pastors and missionaries.
In recent years, God has impressed upon our leaders the vision of growing as a spiritual home and lighthouse to the nations. To this end, we have journeyed together since 2016/17 along our three-year theme of “Walking with Jesus our Peacemaker: Towards peace…” “…with God” (first year), “…with ourselves” (second year), and “…with the world” (third year).
Each week, around 1,200 people worship together in two church buildings (TA and TA2). We conduct services in Hokkien, Mandarin, English and Bahasa Indonesia.
We seek to disciple members with grounding in the Word through Church School classes, small group fellowship and accountability, and involvement in ministry and outreach.
Evangelism and missions are an integral part of our ministry. Current initiatives include outreach to the elderly in our neighbourhood and through St Luke’s Eldercare, and regular missions to East Asia, Nepal, Cambodia and Indonesia.
We sense God leading us in the next season to move towards more intentional disciple-making, and to move into the community to bless office crowd in the Central Business District (CBD) and the Hokkien-speaking residents in our neighbourhood. Translating this vision to action will be challenging but we will continue to rely on God, whose grace is sufficient in all situations, to build us as a spiritual home and lighthouse, shining for Him in Singapore’s commercial hub.
Mr Timothy Ang serves as a lay ministry worker for youth and young adults in Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church.
Photos courtesy of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church