Churches gear up to collaborate, with some projects starting in December

Churches gear up to collaborate, with some projects starting in December
Church leaders discussing how to collaborate

Leaders from the Methodist churches came together for a time of breakfast fellowship, worship, discussion and prayer at The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) headquarters on 1 October.

The event—part of the One MCS efforts— included LCEC Chairpersons and Lay Leaders from 41 Methodist churches under the three conferences. The last meeting took place on 26 February 2022.

The meeting centred on collaboration ideas between churches, with plans to reach out to communities based on the strengths of each church.

Collaborations are brewing among these churches that are located near each other:

  • Wesley Methodist Church, Tamil Methodist Church (Short Street) and Kum Yam Chinese Methodist Church-outreach to 2-3 dormitories over 3 weekends in December 2022;
  • Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church and Ang Mo Kio Chinese Methodist Church-spreading Christmas cheer at Ang Mo Kio Central by carolling at AMK Hub;
  • Agape Methodist Church and Jurong Tamil Methodist Church-outreach to 150 households in Jurong;
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Church and Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church-outreach to 1,300 families (about 10 blocks) at Serangoon Central, blessing them with small gift hampers;
  • Holland Village Methodist Church, Faith Methodist Church, Aldersgate Methodist Church and Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church- blessing canteen stall holders in June 2023.

Leaders also discussed how more collaborations between churches could happen. Suggestions ranged from simple and practical ones like attending leadership conferences together and having follow-up discussions, to those that required more planning and funding, such as planting co- working spaces in commercial areas.

The next two meetings will take place on 18 February and 14 October in 2023.

Henry Tan is the Conference Lay Leader of TRAC.