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Five minutes with Michael Tan, Winner of the MCS 135 logo design competition

1. What inspired you to design the MCS 135 logo in this way?

The graphic rendition of a “The Kingdom of Light” through the four arrows coming together to form a cross to represent the Church of Christ.

This simple and yet powerful element of the Cross of Calvary signifies salvation, love, hope and peace. The overall logo illustrates how God’s grace has followed The Methodist Church in Singapore through the past 135 years and we can look forward to many more as we love and serve the Lord together.

I was inspired by Colossians 1:10–12 (NIV): “… so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light”.

2. Describe your Methodist journey.

I have been a Christian since I was 10 and attended Gospel Hall at Fairfield Methodist, Kampong Bahru Baptist Church, Peninsula Evangelical Free Church, Orchard Presbyterian throughout my Christian journey. Now I worship at Bedok Methodist Church (BMC) where I have been for almost 21 years.

3. What about your church do you love and hold dear?

BMC is a Christ-centred church. It has a strong belief in caring and strengthening each other’s faith through the meetings during weekdays. My wife, Karen, attends BMC with me and my children, Isaac and Phoebe, have been there since they were toddlers.

4. What does being a Methodist mean to you?

I am very blessed to be part of the Methodist community and feel very much at home with the doctrine that has been taught in the church. Our pastors have been very kind and patient with the congregation. They have truly exemplified the fruits of the spirit which is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness and faithfulness.

BMC is a mission church that cares for the less fortunate by sending missionaries and also providing support for the poor and the needy around us.