Programme lined up for
Aldersgate Convention 2002
Tuesday 21 May : Evening Talk 1
Wesley and Christian Unity
Wednesday 22 May: Evening
Talk 2 The Holy Spirit in the Church
23 May: Evening Talk 3 The Renewal of
Friday 24 May: Aldersgate
Service The Church and Sanctifying Grace (Bilingual:
Saturday 25 May: Wesley
PLANS are being finalised for the
Aldersgate Convention 2002 which will be held at Paya Lebar Methodist
Church from May 21 to 25.
Sponsored by The Methodist Church in Singapore, the convention,
which will be an annual event, will feature American theologian,
Dr Thomas Oden (above).
The theme for the five-night event is "The Tradition of
the Church from a Wesleyan perspective."
Topics for the nightly talks have been confirmed. They include
teachings on John Wesley, Christian unity, the Holy Spirit and
the renewal of the Church.
A local church choir will be in attendance every evening.
The Methodist Book Room will set up a stall to sell books written
by Dr Oden and books on John and Charles Wesley and the Wesleyan
heritage as well as CD recordings of Charles Wesley's hymns.
There will be a bilingual (English and Chinese) Aldersgate Service
on the evening of May 24. Dr Oden will speak on "The Church
and Sanctifying Grace".
The grand finale of the convention will be a Wesleyan Hymn Festival
on May 25. A Combined Choir,
drawn from the various local churches, will lead the evening.
There will be congregational participation.
Dr Oden, a retired scholar at Drew University
in Madison, New Jersey, has wide teaching and writing experience.
An ordained United Methodist pastor since 1954, his expertise
includes counselling, systematic and pastoral theology and church