Methodist Church

Malaysia’s 48th Tamil Methodist church formed

KUALA LUMPUR – The Selayang Local Conference of the Tamil Annual Conference (TAC) was formed on March 28, 2009, making it the 48th Local Church of the TAC.

Outside in the city it was wet and cold with heavy rain and traffic. Inside the spanking newly-refurbished building, there was warmth, an air of joy and merriment, yet a solemn sense of God’s presence.

More than 150 members of the church, the mother church, Tamil Methodist Church (TMC Kuala Lumpur), other Tamil Methodist churches as well as friends and well-wishers had braved the showers to be at the joyous celebration. e Rev C.

V. Jayaraj, TAC President; the District Superintendent, the Rev Devadass Ratnam; the immediate past TAC President, the Rev P. Tevaraji; the Conference Lay leader, Mr armapal; the Conference Finance Board Chairman and General Conference Secretary, Mr Anthony Row; and other Central District pastors and lay leaders were also present.

The Rev Justin Clarence led the worship service. He is the Pastor of TMC Kuala Lumpur and concurrently posted to the Selayang Church as Pastor, with the Rev Reuben Kanagalingam as the Associate Pastor. The message was brought by the TAC President.

The Selayang Church was the culmination of 20 years of outreach work by the Tamil Methodist Church in Kuala Lumpur. Pastors, student pastors and committed laymen and women had developed a core group of leaders, both young and old, to be the Lord’s partners in Selayang.

The Selayang Church members had toiled over the year-end to construct by themselves the sanctuary with a beautiful altar area. ey displayed a formidable force of Christian unity.

Selayang is a northern suburb of Kuala Lumpur best known for its wholesale fish markets and is situated just before Templer Park and Rawang. In the vicinity are the Batu Caves and the cave temples which attract hundreds of thousands of Hindu devotees during Thaipusam. – Pelita Methodist.