In 2005, Seletar Tamil Methodist Church moved to a new place of worship, St George’s Chapel, in Changi.
It was around this time that then Bishop Dr Robert Solomon encouraged us to plant a preaching point in Bedok as there was no Tamil ministry in the area. He also connected us with the leaders of Bethesda Bedok-Tampines Church (BBTC), located at Bedok North Ave 3. BBTC graciously gave us the use of a room on its premises to reach out to the Indian community in the area, and the ministry of Bedok Preaching Point (BPP) officially began on 6 May 2012.
BPP’s vision is: “To grow in His Word and to preach the Good News of God’s Kingdom that transforms lives.” We will strive hard to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20) and we believe that God will help us to bear fruit.
Sunday worship services are held at 6 p.m. They are followed by fellowship over dinner. About 40 to 50 people attend the worship service regularly. Our biggest challenge is new believers’ irregular attendance at worship services.
BPP’s ministries include:
- Cell Group gatherings on alternate weeks
- Women’s prayer meetings every Tuesday
- Outreach ministry on Wednesdays
- Sunday School for children aged between five and 12
- Distribution of home provisionsto 10 needy families under our Social Concerns ministry
- Bible Study on the 2nd and 4th Sundays after service
- Prayer on 1st and 3rd Sundays after service
The BPP’s Outreach Ministry team does block visitation every Wednesday from 7.30 to 9.00 p.m. in the neighbourhood, looking out for Indian homes and presenting them with a mug bearing BPP’s details. To date, the team has visited more than 300 Indian families in Bedok and Tampines.
Mrs Vanitha Saravanan, a member, shared: “I used to attend a mega church, but becoming part of the family in Christ in BPP is one of the best things that has happened in my life. It has helped me form a more intimate relationship with our Lord. The closeness I share with the Pastor and church members has helped tremendously in my spiritual growth. I was baptised just four years ago, and I now serve the Lord boldly and wholeheartedly through the support given by the church.”
BPP is also planning a healthcare outreach ministry and a Christmas party this year. These will open more opportunities to build our relationship with the community in and around Bedok and Tampines. Please continue to uphold our ministries in your prayers.
The Rev Saravana Kumar is a Pastor of Bedok Preaching Point.
Bedok Preaching Point
c/o Bethesda (Bedok-Tampines) Church
Genesis Room, 1-06
300 Bedok North Avenue 3, S(469717)
Tamil Service: 6.00 p.m. (followed by dinner)
9180-9052 (The Rev Saravana Kumar)
Photo courtesy of Seletar Tamil Methodist Church