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Walk for Love; Walk for School

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GOOD people of our churches and schools! Please mark this date – Saturday, April 7, 2007. Yes, it is Holy Saturday and it is time to gather as a community for MethodistWalk 2007! After much consultation and planning with church leaders and school principals, the Methodist Schools’ Foundation (MSF) is thrilled to organise this walk with a difference: Walk for Love; Walk for School.

The walk will be flagged off at 7.30 am on April 7, and the starting point is at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).

The church-school partnership is so precious and special in our Methodist community. Fifteen Methodist schools provide excellent education rooted in Christian love and values to the thousands of children entrusted to them each year.

Forty-three churches and four preaching points help to support the schools through their prayers, offerings and various ministries. In coming together for this walk, they will be affirming their partnership in Christ and with one another.

Walk for Love … love for God, love for one another.

Walk for School … so that our students express gratitude for the privilege of studying in a conducive environment with the necessary updated facilities and equipment.

More importantly, it will be a WALK for JESUS. Holy Saturday has traditionally been a time of reflection and waiting, the time of weeping that lasts for the night while awaiting the joy that comes in the morning (Psa 30:5).

It is not Easter yet, so it is not time for celebration. Instead, we would like to encourage that we meditate on Jesus lying in the tomb and let our “sense” of the mystery of death shape our reflection. Let us think about all the people we love and how we can develop closer bonds. Let us think about strengthening our relationship with Jesus.

Funds raised by the schools will benefit the respective schools directly (100 per cent), while funds raised by the churches will go to the MSF Endowment Fund from which investment income generated will be distributed annually to the schools. You are encouraged to help keep the tradition of Christian education alive for the young lives around us. Please donate generously. All donations above $100 are entitled to double tax-exempt.

Come and be pleasantly surprised by the programme that has been planned for you. Even as it would be a reflective walk, it also promises to be an energising one. Friendships will be forged, families bonded, participants challenged.

For more information on the MSF and how to donate, please call Annie at 6478-4808 or visit www. methodist.org.sg

Joni Ong is the Chairman of the Methodist Schools’ Foundation.

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