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A Wesleyan Hymn Festival to celebrate 125 years of Methodism

TO CELEBRATE 125 YEARS OF METHODISM in Singapore, The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) will be presenting a Wesleyan Hymn Festival on May 19 at Victoria Concert Hall at 8 pm.

Dr Michael Burkhardt, an acclaimed American hymn festival director, will lead the event. Internationally known for his innovative and inspiring hymn festivals and his creative work with children, he is in demand as a choral clinician, organ recitalist and hymn festival leader.

He has served in various capacities on the music faculties of Christ College and Carthage College (both in Irvine, California) and currently serves at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Livonia, Michigan as Director of Worship and the Arts and the Detroit Handbell Ensemble as Artistic Director. His works are published by Morningstar.

Co-organised by the Methodist School of Music (MSM), the Wesleyan Hymn Festival forms part of Aldersgate Convention 2010 and will include a number of Wesley’s famous hymns, arranged and conducted by Dr Burkhardt, and organ solos which he himself will play. A 100-voice choir amassed from our local Methodist churches will lead in the singing, accompanied by the ACJC Brass Ensemble, the Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) Choir, the MGS Handbells and MSM faculty members.

As seating in Victoria Concert Hall is limited, please get your reserved free tickets from the Methodist School of Music by calling tel: 6767-5258 or emailing: msm@ msmusic.edu.sg

Tickets will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis. In the event of a full house, guests may be invited to attend the Open Rehearsal on May 18, beginning at 8.45 pm and ending at 10 pm.

Dr Burkhardt will also be conducting two workshops during his visit to Singapore. On May 12, he will run a workshop on “Leading Hymn Singing” at Barker Road Methodist Church sanctuary from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. The workshop will highlight creative, practical resources for pianists, organists, worship leaders and cantors. On May 15, there will be a workshop on “Working with the Child Voice” at Paya Lebar Methodist Church (Covenant Chapel) from 10 am to noon. Dr Burkhardt will provide a hands-on, musical resource session for Sunday School music teachers and directors of children’s choirs. Details and registration forms are available at Methodist School of Music (http://www.msmusic.edu.sg).

Dr Evelyn S. E. Lim is the Lecturer/ Organist at the Methodist School of Music.


Our call to prayer

AS WE CELEBRATE THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), we remember with grateful hearts God’s goodness and faithfulness and we give anks to Him for His bountiful blessings on His Church. We want to commit the MCS to Almighty God as we continue to seek His guidance and will.


 Our Bishop Dr Robert Solomon and the three Annual Conference Presidents, the Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung (CAC), the Rev James Nagulan (ETAC), and the Rev Dr Wee Boon Hup (TRAC), as they provide spiritual leadership to the MCS.

 Our Pastors as they lead the local churches and shepherd the flocks.

 God’s special blessing on the People called Methodists as we thank and worship Him for His goodness and faithfulness.

 God’s guidance as we unite in carrying out His Mission for His glory.

 The Executive Director and staff of the Methodist Welfare Services as they coordinate our outreach to the chronically poor with this year’s 125th Anniversary Outreach Programme in particular, and the community in general.

 The Executive Director and staff of the Methodist Missions Society as they share God’s Word and plant churches in the neighbouring countries.

 The Executive Director and staff of the DISCIPLE Agency as they share teaching resources and train disciples.

 The Principals and teachers of our Methodist Schools and Kindergartens as they educate and nurture the students and young children in the Ways of the Lord.

 God’s blessing and protection on our families in our churches.


Methodist Co-op runs TTC’s food outlets

TRINITY THEOLOGICAL COLLEGE (TTC) has recently appointed the Methodist Co-operative Society’s food catering arm to operate its cafeteria at its premises at 490 Upper Bukit Timah Road.

The cafeteria, CANA Bistro, is open to TTC staff and students as well as the public.

The society has also been awarded the contract to serve the student residents at the premises and operates the dining hall that serves daily meals to the students.

TTC was established in 1948 to equip people for the ministry of the church.

The society, an agency of The Methodist Church in Singapore, has been involved in many businesses since 1995. It currently has four other food outlets – at the NUS Medical Faculty, National Cancer Centre (Singapore General Hospital), Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital and NOL Alexandra. It serves Chinese, Indian, Malay and Western meals.

For more information, please contact Ms Sophia Wong of Methodist Co-operative Society Ltd at 6767-1635. Information is also obtainable at www.methodistcoop.org.sg