A Lighthouse in Telok Blangah
Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church was established in 1927 on the grounds of Brickworks by the British, and since then God has been using this rural church mightily in meeting the needs of Tamil migrants to Singapore from South India. God’s hand has been slowly shaping and strengthening the church, which now has three generations worshipping at its premises at 85 Wishart Road. The church is constantly looking out for new opportunities to strengthen the church community and to reach out to the community at large.
NEW INITIATIVES FOR NEW CHALLENGES
Methodist Young Adult Fellowship
With the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYAF) and the Women’s Society of Christian (WSCS) actively serving the youths and the women, there has always been a need to reach out to those in their mid-twenties to late thirties. There was a growing burden to strengthen the spiritual growth of these young adults as they would be the next in line to take up the baton of church leadership. This heightened concern saw the rebirth of MYAF. This ministry has started their regular meet-ups and prayer sessions under the leadership of Rosabelle Benjamin.
Visit by the Radin Mas Constituency Office
Melvin Yong, Member of Parliament for Radin Mas Single Member Constituency, and his team visited our church on 6 March 2021 for a dialogue with our Pastoral and Lay leadership. The conversation focused on how the church could better reach out to the community. In response, our Social Concerns chairperson, Angeline Jayanthi, mooted an idea of the church starting counselling services. Mr Yong welcomed that idea and offered us the use of the rooms at the Radin Mas Community Centre. Another collaborative idea was to start providing pro bono legal services alongside.
New developments around the church
In recent years, there have been new establishments sprouting up around the church vicinity. New hotels are being built near the church. These developments have called and challenged the church to maintain its identity as a source of care and comfort in the neighbourhood. This certainly calls for more prayer and exploration of more strategies.
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us in many ways. Our team of youths, women and men have come forward to render their assistance during these difficult times by ensuring that the various safety management procedures are in place on our church premises. We are thankful to the Lord for the full support of the congregation in such a time as this.
Michael Gnasegaran is the LCEC Chairman of Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church (PPTMC). / Photos courtesy of PPTMC