Bishop Dr Solomon blessing the Spring Fountain (behind him) located near the main gate of the church. With him are, from left, the Lay Leader, Mr Richard Goh Say Pin, the LCEC Chairman, Mr Tan Wee Pin, the District Superintendent (East), the Rev David Liew, and the CAC President, the Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot. - Geylang Chinese Methodist Church picture by PHILIP LAM.
By PAUL THIAN
NOVEMBER 13, 2005 marked the
100th Anniversary of Geylang Chinese Methodist Church. Thanks
be to God for He blessed us with a clear blue sky that day amidst
the monsoon season which began early that month.
The congregation and guests came early in the afternoon with the purpose of giving our God of faithfulness the highest glory through the Thanksgiving Service.
At 3.30 pm, the Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, President of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC), the Rev Chua Ooi Suah and the Rev David Liew, the two District Superintendents, guests and members of the church witnessed the blessing by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon of a Spring Fountain located near the main gate of the church. The fountain reminded us of the unceasing flow of spring water.
A plaque stood beside the fountain engraved with these words from Scripture: "But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)
At 4 pm sharp, the Thanksgiving Service started with the 100-member strong choir trooping into the sanctuary singing the processional hymn "Crown Him with Many Crowns", followed by the congregational singing of two hymns, "Let there be Glory and Honour Praises" and "Come in to His presence".
The Rev Liew, the District Superintendent (East), led the congregation with a prayer of thanksgiving.
Our Lay Leader, Mr Richard Goh Say Pin, and steward Mdm Hor Suet Yee read the Scripture passage from 1 Peter 2: 4-12 in English and Hokkien, respectively. Thereafter the congregation responded with the reading of Psalms 126 and 127.
The Local Church Executive Committee Chairman, Mr Tan Wee Pin, presented the history of the church and counted the blessings of God for the last 100 years.
Geylang CMC started with only 18 members in 1905, he said. It grew over the years and it now has four congregations, namely the Hokkien, Mandarin, English and Bilingual Services, with a weekly total attendance of about 700 worshippers.
In addition, Geylang CMC has "given birth" to several Methodist churches over the last 100 years.
The church also became the 27th partner church of the Methodist Missions Society as it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the society during the Thanksgiving Service.
MP Mr Loh Meng See presenting a souvenir to church steward Mdm Hor Suet Yee for her faithful service to the church. - Geylang Chinese Methodist Church picture by PHILIP LAM.
Paul Thian is the Assistant Pastor of Geylang Chinese Methodist Church.
CHURCH BEGAN WITH 18 MEMBERS IN 1905
Geylang Chinese Methodist Church started with only 18 members in 1905. It grew over the years and it now has four congregations, namely the Hokkien, Mandarin, English and Bilingual Services. In addition, it has "given birth" to several Methodist churches over the last 100 years.