By ISAAC RAJU
PASIR PANJANG Tamil Methodist
Church celebrated its 80th anniversary on June 3, 2007.
Bishop Dr Robert Solomon delivered the message from Matt 5:11-12. He called on the church members to live in the ever-present light of God and challenged them to seek God for their next phase of ministry.
The Rev J. Daniel, who pastored the church for 34 years, led in the prayer.
Pastors and leaders of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference churches joined their hearts to thank God as Mr John Vincent, the Local Church Executive Committee Chairman of Pasir Panjang Tamil MC, led the congregation down memory lane of 80 years of its church history.
The Church Choir offered an anniversary song item.
At the service, four people were baptised and six others were confirmed and received as members of the church. The service was further blessed by the celebration of Eucharist.
Pasir Panjang TMC started as a fellowship of a small group of workers in the former brickworks area in Pasir Panjang. To provide worship service for these workers, a chapel was provided. This chapel for the Tamil workers was dedicated on May 1, 1927.
The Rev S. S. Pakianathan deserves credit for developing this work and the donor and builder of the church was Mr Finlay, the manager of Alexander Brickworks.
The building, which now stands at 85 Wishart Road, was built in 1976. The corner stone was laid by Bishop T. R. Doraisamy on Nov 20, 1976 and dedicated by Bishop Kao Jih Chung on June 4, 1977. In 1987, a second floor was added to the church building.
The church currently has more than 200 members.
Weekly Bible studies and intercessions were high moments in the spiritual life of the church. The Women's Society of Christian Service, which was launched under Mrs Mary Daniel in 1959, has strengthened the fellowship in the church. The Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF), which started in 1960 under the leadership of Mr J. Shadrak, was later led by Mr T. Jeevananthan. Many of the current leaders in the church had come from the ranks of the MYF.
We thank God for all the servants of God who ministered in the church.
No anniversary celebration ends without a cake and a meal. Indeed the day ended with the cutting of an anniversary cake, followed by the partaking of a sumptuous meal and fellowship.
Isaac Raju is a student at Trinity Theological College and
is attached to Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church.
Cutting the cake to mark
Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church's 80th anniversary. From
left, the Rev James Nagulan,
Pastor-in-Charge and ETAC President; Mrs Mathi Nagulan; Mrs Malar Solomon; Bishop Dr Solomon; the Rev Ebinezar
Mohan, Associate Pastor of PPTMC; the Rev Daniel, and Mrs Mary Daniel. - PPTMC picture.