Paya Lebar MC's HOPE Methodist Mission celebrates
The 'Fishing Village' Church
goes afloat a ship
By LEE KAY LIN
IMAGINE a church by the idyllic
beach of Punggol
Imagine the waves lapping the shore while
the Word of God is preached ... Imagine the seagulls flying over
your head while you enjoy God's presence
Imagine the savoury
taste of the sea in your mouth as you worship the Lord in songs
and praise ... These are the wondrous promises of having a church
by the rustic fishing village of Punggol.
And the congregation of HOPE Methodist Mission tasted
all these and more at our first anniversary celebrations on July
Worshipping on the sundeck. -- Paya Lebar Methodist Church picture.
We went on board M.S. Columbus for a special service to mark our
first year in Punggol. A total of 134 people were present at this
celebration service, among them missionaries, pioneers of our
service, church leaders, regular worshippers and first-time visitors.
It was a brand new experience to be worshipping God and hearing
His Word on top the sundeck of the ship while the vessel travailed
the shores of Punggol and Pasir Ris. Following the service, we
had a sumptuous lunch and some impromptu live music from our very
own worship band!
HOPE Methodist Mission has been worshipping at Ponggol Marina
for the past one year, with the eventual goal of establishing
a church in Punggol 21 estate. We have been conducting weekly
services at the function room of Ponggol Marina, and have been
conducting various outreach events to touch base with the residents
in Punggol 21.
We saw new families coming to join our congregation from Punggol
and the nearby estate of Seng Kang. It is a joy to see our service
growing, especially in the number of infants being born to our
The idea of a preaching point was first germinated in 1988 when
Paya Lebar Methodist Church started its evening service. After
13 years of prayer and preparation, the church felt led to reach
out to the residents of Punggol 21. In a strategic position of
being the nearest Methodist church to the new estate of Punggol
21 then, it was natural for us to adopt Punggol 21 as our mission
Our mission is three-fold - we want to offer HOPE through: Establishing
a house of believers in Punggol; Equipping worshippers to be united
in prayer, love and good deeds; and finally, Evangelising the
un-reached in the community and beyond. Being so, the focus of
our congregation is very much outward-looking and based on outreach.
HOPE Methodist Mission meets every Sunday at 10am at Ponggol
Marina (Trevally Room) for service. Ponggol Marina is located
at 600 Ponggol Seventeenth Ave Singapore 829734. Bus transport
is provided to and from Paya Lebar Methodist Church. For enquiries,
call the Church Office at 6285-1234.
Lee Kay Lin is a member of Paya Lebar Methodist Church.