A supportive community

What does being a Methodist mean to you
Joshua Khoo, a member of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church

I am blessed to have grown up in a family of Methodists. But being raised and rooted in a Methodist community does not make me the most “Methodist” person out there. I do not regard Methodism as a denominational difference but rather, it is about growing the one Kingdom of God. What matters most to me as a millennial is having a supportive community of people who are accountable to each other, where real relationships can flourish, and we can grow to be more Christ-like.

To me, being a Methodist means I am part of a large and exciting movement that believes we are the salt and light to the nations. This brings meaning to what John Wesley said: “Light yourself on fire with passion and people will come from miles to watch you burn.” My life revolves around the Christian community, being a faithful disciple of Christ and the values I portrait as a Child of God.

I am blessed to be equipped with spiritual gifts to be able to serve in various capacities in church. It has given me an opportunity to grow and enjoy the connectional relationship within our Methodist family. It is a great honour to serve as a photographer at MCS or CAC events, and a reminder that I am Methodist not just within my local church.

That’s why I feel that Aldersgate SG is an important event in the MCS calendar, as it is an annual keynote event that celebrates our heritage and sets our hearts on fire. Through the event, I have come to recognise how it is heart-warming to be in the presence of God, and the privilege of being able to worship Him in different languages. It is one Church coming together to celebrate and testify to the greatness of our Lord Who has blessed us with a rich history and heritage.

Joshua Khoo is a member of Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church.