Easter Message 2020

Wesleyan Essentials

*Adopted by the World Methodist Council

THE PEOPLE CALLED METHODISTS

The “people called Methodists” form a family of churches within the World Methodist Council…

• We claim and cherish our true place in the one holy, catholic and apostolic church.

• Our origins lie in the work of John and Charles Wesley in 18th century England which quickly spread to every comer of the world.

• The purpose of this work and ministry was, and is, to renew the Church and spread scriptural holiness which includes social righteousness throughout the whole earth, to the glory of the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

• We confess that often we have failed to live up to this high calling, and we repent of the times when our witness has distorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Trusting in the grace of God, we engage ourselves anew in God’s service.

 

OUR BELIEFS

We affirm a vision of the Christian faith, truly evangelical, catholic and reformed, rooted in grace and active in the world.

• Methodists affirm the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the primary rule of faith and practice and the center of theological reflection.

• Methodists profess the ancient ecumenical creeds, the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed.

• Methodists seek to confess, to interpret and to live the apostolic faith, the faith once delivered to the saints. Methodists acknowledge that scriptural reflection is influenced by the processes of reason, tradition and experience, while aware that Scripture is the primary source and criteria of Christian doctrine.

• Methodists rejoice in the loving purpose of God in creation, redemption and consummation offered through grace to the whole world.

• Methodists believe in the centrality of grace; prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying.

• Methodists believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the sufficiency of His atoning work for all humankind. Methodists believe that we “are the friends of all

and the enemies of none.”

 

OUR WORSHIP

We worship and give allegiance to the Triune God.

• In worship, we respond in gratitude and praise for God’s mighty acts in creation, in history, in our communities, and in our personal lives.

• In worship, we confess our sin against God and one another and receive God’s gracious forgiveness.

• In prayer, we wait in God’s presence, offer the searchings and longings of our own hearts, for ourselves and in intercession for others, and open ourselves to God’s Spirit to comfort, lead, and guide.

• In the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, we participate in the mystery of God’s presence, redemption and reconciliation.

• In reading, proclaiming and receiving the Gospel, we affirm God’s creating and saving power.

• From worship we go into the world to love and serve others and to be instruments of justice and peace in the establishment of God’s reign on earth.

• The language and form of worship emerge from the community through obedience to Jesus Christ and the creative power of the Holy Spirit.

• We inherit the treasury of the Wesley’s hymns, with a hymnody now enriched from many other sources.

 

OUR WITNESS

• We proclaim Jesus Christ to the world through word, deed and sign.

• We seek the realization of God’s will for the salvation of humankind.

• We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be signs of Christ’s presence in our communities and in the world through our preaching, teaching, and in deeds of justice, peace, mercy, and healing as the outworking of faith.

• We witness to God’s reign among us now, as proclaimed by Jesus, and look forward to the full realization of the coming Kingdom when every form of evil will be destroyed.

• We seek to understand and respond to the contexts and situations in which we live, so that our witness will have integrity.

 

OUR SERVICE

We serve the world in the name of God, believing that our commitment comes to life in our actions, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

• As followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who came to serve rather than be served, we go into the world as people of God in Christ Jesus, to serve people, regardless of their economic and social status, race, gender, age, physical and mental ability, sexuality, religion or cultural origin.

• Being “filled with the energy of love”, we anchor our service and our life and work in love for our neighbors, including those we perceive as our enemies.

• Since all forms of Christian service are influenced by a given context of community and culture, we seek to express our love in appropriate ways.

• The life of holiness holds together conversion and justice, works of piety and works of mercy.

• Empowered by God, authentic Christian service is based on Scripture, tested in community, affirms life and seeks the shalom of God’s reign.

• Recalling the story of the Samaritan (Luke 10:25), we express and claim compassion for all people and accept the call in Christ to “suffer with” the least of these in humility and love.

 

OUR COMMON LIFE

We share a commitment to Jesus Christ that manifests itself in a common heart and life, binding believers together in a common fellowship and anticipating solidarity within the human family.

• Having experienced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a liberating power from all oppression, we stand in solidarity with all people who seek freedom, peace and justice.

• Knowing that the love we share in Christ is stronger than our conflicts, broader than our opinions, and deeper than the wounds we inflict on one another, we commit ourselves to participation in our congregations, denominations and the whole Christian family for the purpose of nurture, outreach and witness.

• Remembering our Gospel commitment to “love our neighbors”, we will, through dialogue and partnerships for service to the world, endeavor to establish relationships with believers of other religious traditions.

Adopted by the World Methodist Council
Rio de Janeiro
, August 13, 1996.

Directory of Worship Services

We greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome to Barker Road Methodist Church.

Barker Road Methodist Church has a spectrum of church activities and ministries for you to prayerfully consider joining or helping with. Visit our website for our church’s ministries and activities. To find out more, call the Church Office at 6256 4298 or email admin@brmc.org.

We look forward to your being part of church life at Barker Road Methodist Church.

Here are our worship services:


 
 

SATURDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

5pm teaching service with Holy Communion in held the Sanctuary

 

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

Services in the Sanctuary

Holy Communion Services are held on the first Sunday of the month

8:30am (Hymnbook)

10:30am (Contemporary)

5:00pm (Contemporary)

Services at other venues in the Barker Road Campus

The 8:30am Upper Room Service is a Charismatic service held at the ACS Auditorium
Communion services are held on the first Sunday of the month

The 10:30am Shine Forth Service is a contemporary service held in the ACS Concert Hall
Holy Communion Services are held on the first Sunday of the month

 

LANGUAGE WORSHIP SERVICES

MANDARIN
We welcome bilingual worshippers who seek God’s Word preached in the Chinese vernacular
7:30pm Wednesday Teaching Service in the Sanctuary

10:30am Sunday Service in Wesley Hall

10:30am INDONESIAN Sunday Service at the Oldham Hall Chapel
Communion services are held on the 4th Sunday of the month

10:30am FILIPINO Sunday Service at the ACS Movement Gym
Communion Services are held on the first Sunday of the month

 

SERVICES AT BUKIT BATOK

This is our outreach in the Bukit Batok heartlands. There are two separate services (in English and in Mandarin) on Sundays at 10:30am, followed by Church School for all worshippers. On the second Sunday of the month, we hold combined services with Holy Communion at St Luke Community Hospital. We also offer weekly Prayer Meetings, Small Groups, Bible Study, Youth Ministry, Young Adults Ministry and Social Outreach programmes for our worshipers and the community. We have recently begun St Luke Hospital Ward Adoption, a fortnightly befriending programme that is a deeply meaningful time that permits our worshippers and Christians from other churches for a time of befriending the patients.

For more information call 6564 3186 during office hours or email oasis@brmc.org.sg


BRMC VISION

LCEC

The Local Church Executive Committee (LCEC) meets once a month to discuss and decide on the operations and administration of the church and its ministries. The LCEC comprises leaders and chairpersons of each BRMC ministry.

 

Wesleyan Essentials Of Christian Faith

*Adopted by the World Methodist Council

 THE PEOPLE CALLED METHODISTS

The “people called Methodists” form a family of churches within the World Methodist Council…

•   We claim and cherish our true place in the one holy, catholic and apostolic church.

•   Our origins lie in the work of John and Charles Wesley in 18th century England which quickly spread to every comer of the world.

•   The purpose of this work and ministry was, and is, to renew the Church and spread scriptural holiness which includes social righteousness throughout the whole earth, to the glory of the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

•   We confess that often we have failed to live up to this high calling, and we repent of the times when our witness has distorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Trusting in the grace of God, we engage ourselves anew in God’s service.

 

OUR BELIEFS

We affirm a vision of the Christian faith, truly evangelical, catholic and reformed,  rooted in grace and active in the world.

•   Methodists affirm the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the primary rule of faith and practice and the center of theological reflection.

•   Methodists profess the ancient ecumenical creeds, the Apostles’ and Nicene Creed.

•   Methodists seek to confess, to interpret and to live the apostolic faith, the faith once delivered to the saints.  Methodists acknowledge that scriptural reflection is influenced by the processes of reason, tradition and experience, while aware that Scripture is the primary source and criteria of Christian doctrine.

•   Methodists rejoice in the loving purpose of God in creation, redemption and consummation offered through grace to the whole world.

•   Methodists believe in the centrality of grace; prevenient, justifying, and sanctifying.

•   Methodists believe in the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the sufficiency of His atoning work for all humankind.  Methodists believe that we “are the friends of all

and the enemies of none.”

 

OUR WORSHIP

We worship and give allegiance to the Triune God.

•   In worship, we respond in gratitude and praise for God’s mighty acts in creation, in history, in our communities, and in our personal lives.

•   In worship, we confess our sin against God and one another and receive God’s gracious forgiveness.

•   In prayer, we wait in God’s presence, offer the searchings and longings of our own hearts, for ourselves and in intercession for others, and open ourselves to God’s Spirit to comfort, lead, and guide.

•   In the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, we participate in the mystery of God’s presence, redemption and reconciliation.

•   In reading, proclaiming and receiving the Gospel, we affirm God’s creating and saving power.

•   From worship we go into the world to love and serve others and to be instruments of justice and peace in the establishment of God’s reign on earth.

•   The language and form of worship emerge from the community through obedience to Jesus Christ and the creative power of the Holy Spirit.

•   We inherit the treasury of the Wesley’s hymns, with a hymnody now enriched from many other sources.

 

OUR WITNESS

•   We proclaim Jesus Christ to the world through word, deed and sign.

•   We seek the realization of God’s will for the salvation of humankind.

•   We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be signs of Christ’s presence in our communities and in the world through our preaching, teaching, and in deeds of justice, peace, mercy, and healing as the outworking of faith.

•   We witness to God’s reign among us now, as proclaimed by Jesus, and look forward to the full realization of the coming Kingdom when every form of evil will be destroyed.

•   We seek to understand and respond to the contexts and situations in which we live, so that our witness will have integrity.

 

OUR SERVICE

We serve the world in the name of God, believing that our commitment comes to life in our actions, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

•   As followers of Jesus of Nazareth, who came to serve rather than be served, we go into the world as people of God in Christ Jesus, to serve people, regardless of their economic and social status, race, gender, age, physical and mental ability, sexuality, religion or cultural origin.

•   Being “filled with the energy of love”, we anchor our service and our life and work in love for our neighbors, including those we perceive as our enemies.

•   Since all forms of Christian service are influenced by a given context of community and culture, we seek to express our love in appropriate ways.

•   The life of holiness holds together conversion and justice, works of piety and works of mercy.

•   Empowered by God, authentic Christian service is based on Scripture, tested in community, affirms life and seeks the shalom of God’s reign.

•   Recalling the story of the Samaritan (Luke 10:25), we express and claim compassion for all people and accept the call in Christ to “suffer with” the least of these in humility and love.

 

OUR COMMON LIFE

We share a commitment to Jesus Christ that manifests itself in a common heart and life, binding believers together in a common fellowship and anticipating solidarity within the human family.

•   Having experienced the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a liberating power from all oppression, we stand in solidarity with all people who seek freedom, peace and justice.

•   Knowing that the love we share in Christ is stronger than our conflicts, broader than our opinions, and deeper than the wounds we inflict on one another, we commit ourselves to participation in our congregations, denominations and the whole Christian family for the purpose of nurture, outreach and witness.

•   Remembering our Gospel commitment to “love our neighbors”, we will, through dialogue and partnerships for service to the world, endeavor to establish relationships with believers of other religious traditions.

 Adopted by the World Methodist Council
Rio de Janeiro
, August 13, 1996.

BRMC Vision

HISTORY

We began as a regular Sunday gathering of ACS Boys staying at Oldham Hall, who had no preferred church in which to worship. The first service was held on 20th May 1956 in a small music room which eventually proved to be too small as more students started to join. The congregation of ACS Boys was officially recognized as a Methodist Church on 26th May 1957 with a registered membership of 12.

God has given us increase. In May 2006 when BRMC celebrated her 50th Anniversary, Church Membership was 1,885 (July 31, 2006). Our membership number stands at 2,949 (Mar 2019).

The Church Logo

The circle symbolises a united congregation. Within it lies the structure of the church supported by nine beams, each representing the various committees that make up our Local Church Executive Committee.

The lines also follow the pattern of a pair of clasped hands reaching out to the Lord in prayer.

The cross emerges beyond the circle, signifying that Christ is truly above all.

The single-colour logo was launched in 1983, with a two-colour one introduced in 1996 during our 40th anniversary, and in 2017, the name of our church was incorporated as part of the logo.

The Church Sanctuary

BRMC’s Sanctuary stands beside the “arrow-head” shaped Methodist Centre belonging both to the Methodist Church in Singapore and to BRMC. The proximity of the two buildings reminds us that we are part of an interconnected church system, where individual churches receive strength from the support and unity which other congregations within the same Wesleyan family of churches give to each other.

The two identical crosses on both the Sanctuary and the Methodist Centre symbolize our unity within the same Christ and for the same Gospel. Together we have the same mission: to proclaim in life and word – Christ Jesus and Him crucified. The proximity should also remind us to always keep business and spirituality as close together as possible.

The entire educational complex on Barker Road was architecturally constructed with the Sanctuary as the focal point: a poignant reminder to all, that Anglo-Chinese School derives her true identity and sense of mission from being a Methodist institution of learning. Moreover, the roof of the BRMC Sanctuary is suggestive of the strong spiritual shelter we always receive from God and His church.

Finally, the Sanctuary stands on elevated ground, calling to BRMC’s attention that after redevelopment comes the responsibility and privilege to SHINE FORTH! For a city upon a hill cannot (really) be hidden! To God be the Glory!

From the Archives

Early Beginnings (1955)
Dr Earl Stanley Jones, a Methodist evangelist from USA preached at ACS Chapel service and 200 boys made decisions. Eighty of them had no preferred church to worship and the idea of starting a church within the precincts of the school was birthed.

Question
What was BRMC known then and when and where was the first service held?

Answer
BRMC was first known as the Barker Road Chapel with the first service held on 20 May 1956. The venue was the dusty, dilapidated Band Room in the former Oldham Hall which was subsequently demolished in 1957.

ACS Boys in old BRMC Sanctuary

Official Recognition (late 1950’s)
Bishop Emeritus Doraisamy, District Superintendent Dr Ho Seng Ong and Rev Ron Butler-White at the pulpit. Rev Robert Foster leading the service.

Barker Road Methodist Church was officially recognized on 26 May 1957. The first transfers and baptisms took place in the ACS Auditorium by Rev Ron Butler-White and assisted by Rev Robert Foster (both one- time pastors of BRMC) and District Superintendent Rev Dr Ho Seng Ong.

Question
Who was the first pastor of BRMC and what was his association with ACS and the Boys’ Brigade?

Answer:
Mr Peter Lim, was responsible for BRMC from May to Aug 56. Mr Peter Lim joined the ranks of the ACS teaching staff in 1950, founded the 12th Company Boys Brigade (BB) on April 1954. He was member-on-trial from 1957-60 and with the exception of Jan – May 57 when Rev Ron Butler-White assumed pastorship, Mr Peter Lim was the pastor, assisted by Rev Robert Foster.

Therein lie the beginnings of the strong links of BRMC with the school and the BB which continues to this day.

First baptism at BRMC (1957)
Vision of a Church building (late 1950’s)
Recorded in the 65th Session of the Malayan Annual Conference (7-13 Dec 1959) –
“The church continues to grow. Although the full membership of the church stands at 27, yet it has a Sunday School of 135 and a Boys’ Brigade of 100 members. This church which has been holding its services of worship in the school is now looking for a more suitable place of worship. The congregation is trying to acquire a piece of land for its new church building.”

Question
What was the cost of the first BRMC sanctuary and how was this financed?

Answer
As the support for the project was likely to be from students only, the cost of the first BRMC sanctuary was conceived to cost not more than $50,000. The Division of World Missions of the Methodist Church granted the piece of land at 48 Barker Road to BRMC.

Funds were raised through many projects, one of which was the Fun Fair held in Apr 63 with a total of 67 stalls. It raised a total of $15,000 which covered the major part of the Church Building debt.
Ground breaking, completion and dedication of sanctuary (1960’s)

The ground breaking ceremony was held on the site of the sanctuary by Mrs Joyce Foster on 28 October 1962, after a Fellowship Lunch.

Question
When was the official opening of BRMC and dedication of the church sanctuary? Who officiated the ceremonies?
Answer
The official opening of BRMC Church Sanctuary was on 9 June 1963 by Bishop H Amstutz. The church dedication was conducted by Bishop Robert F Lundy on 31 October 1965. Bishop Lundy was the pastor of BRMC between January and August 1964. The dedication was also a celebration of the clearing of the entire Church Building debt.

The Church Manse (mid-1960’s)
The church Manse at 48 Barker Road housed the pastor and his family in 1966. The New York Office of the Board of Missions authorized BRMC’s purchase of the Manse.

Question
How much did BRMC pay for the Manse?

Answer
The price agreed was S$30,000 payable over 10 years. It was also decided that the church would take over the paying of the pastor’s stipend (missionary pastor contribution made to the Conference Benevolences).

The Manse served as the pastor’s quarters and the venue for numerous activities such as church meetings, informal gatherings, prayer and praise meetings and even the Church Office at one time. It was demolished in 1989 to make room for the projected enlarged sanctuary.

The Old Church Manse
BRMC’s early ministries (mid-1960’s)
Ministries such as the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) began when BRMC came into existence. Bible classes were run by the BB. In 1957, a small Methodist Adult Fellowship was formed. The WSCS was set up in 1966 by Mrs Joyce Foster.

Question
When was the Kindergarten set up and how many students could it accommodate? What is the current enrolment now?

Answer
Barker Road Methodist Church Kindergarten (BRMCK) opened on 28 August 1967, It was officially registered by the Ministry of Education to take 30 pupils. BRMCK’s enrollment reached 32 pupils in 1970.

The current enrollment is 400 pupils.

Educational Block (1970’s)
The Educational Block as seen from the lawn in front of the old ACS Auditorium.
The vision of the Educational Block was conceived in 1969 to cater the Sunday School, the Kindergarten and Youth Groups. The cost of the Block was estimated at S$45,000.

Question
When was the Educational Block completed and how many floors were there?
Answer
The Ground Breaking Service and Sacrificial Dinner for the Education Block was held on 17 May 1975. The then District Superintendent, Rev T C Nga, broke the ground. The first floor of the Block was completed in 1976.

On 17 May 1985, the then Bishop Ho Chee Sin dedicated the second floor. The completed floor included three prayer closets: Mount Carmel, Mount Sinai and Mount Zion.

ACS Clock Tower Revival (1970’s)
ACS Clock Tower – a recognizable landmark and filled with memories for all ex-ACSians. The Clock Tower’s historical association with the genesis of the charismatic movement in Singapore has been documented. The experience of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was both a time of spiritual awakening as well as controversy. Sometimes, ACS boys would be seeking the Lord in the BRMC Sanctuary instead of going to pray in the ACS Clock Tower.

Question
Can you name some of those youths who later became Methodist pastors?

Answer
Some participants of the ACS Clock Tower Revival include: our former pastors, Rev Dr Norman Wong and Rev Malcolm Tan; and the pastor currently serving at Ang Mo Kio Methodist Church, Rev Melvin Huang. Another one of our former pastors, the Rev Noel Goh, was in an earlier batch of students who emphasized the ministry of the Word. God used this batch of students to prepare the way for the Clock Tower Revival.
BRMC’s Charismatic Renewal (1980’s)

The Prayer and Praise meetings at BRMC started in 1977 by a core group of three LCEC leaders who had recently experienced the Holy Spirit.

The sole objective of these meetings was to spend the evenings in worship and prayer. The members met regularly on Friday nights, moving from home to home. One notable venue was the home of Mr & Mrs Tony Thng at Hillcrest Road.

The size of the meetings grew to 30-40 strong. Many who joined these meetings had earlier experienced the Holy Spirit at the Singapore Chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship and at other revival centres, such as the one at Jedburgh Gardens in the East.
“Many lives have been touched and revived by the Holy Spirit with the healing of the mind, body and spirit. A sense of urgency for revival to spread the gospel is present in our church and those who returned from overseas have noted the difference.”

Question
Can you name the LCEC member who was involved in the Prayer & Praise meeting and said this?

Answer
The LCEC member was Dr Tan Gee Paw. He was then the Chairman of the Membership & Evangelism Committee. He was involved in the Prayer & Praise meetings. The quotation was from the Local Conference Report for the year 1979.

Family Days and Church Camps (1980’s to present)
The first Family event was held on 30 June 1984 with telematch games and food fair. The event was entitled “Family Affair”. The idea and concept of the “Family Affair” drew inspiration from Mrs Wang Tso. She believed that it would be good for the church to come together as a family to have a time of fellowship, fun and playing innovative and creative games.

This event was followed by “Family Affair II” and “Family Affair III” in the later years. Church camps were also held annually with the Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s and the Genting Highlands as choice venues.

Question
Where and when was the last Church camp held? What was the theme?

Answer
The last Church camp was held at Hotel Equatorial Melaka, Malacca, Malaysia from 6-9 June 2018 with the theme “Bold and Fearless”.

 

BRMC Sanctuary in the 1980s
Church Development (1990’s)

In 1988, a decision was taken to embark on three phases of development for adequate office and meeting space, enlarge the sanctuary for a growing congregation and renovate and upgrade the educational block. The budgeted cost of development was S$2.1 million.

Question
When was the last service in the old sanctuary and where did BRMC meet during the development?

Answer
The last Communion Service in the 27-year old sanctuary was on 7 May 1989. On 14 May 1989, the 8.30 am and 10.30 am morning worship services moved the ACS Auditorium and the 5.00 pm worship service moved to the new Conference Room.

New Sanctuary (1990’s)
On 4 November 1990 at 9.00 am, there was a Combined Inaugural Holy Communion Service at the newly completed sanctuary. 1,200 worshippers attended this Service. The Rev Dr Ngoei Foong Nghian was the Pastor-in-charge then.

Question
What were some of the other highlights at the dedication and opening of the new sanctuary?

Answer
The new sanctuary and the office floor (3rd level) were dedicated on 19 May 1991. Bishop Ho Chee Sin officiated the dedication. Besides the unveiling of the Plague, there was a Renewal of Covenant/Dedication cum 35th anniversary service.
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Preaching Points (1990’s)
MGS Blackmore Preaching Point inaugural Worship Service.
On 10 October 1993, a church-planting project, the Preaching Point at MGS Blackmore Drive, was set up jointly with Wesley Methodist Church.

Question
When did this Preaching Point become a Local Conference? Were there other Preaching Points?

Answer
The Preaching Point at MGS was constituted as the 16th Local Conference on 11 September 1994. It was named Covenant Community Methodist Church.

The other Preaching Point that followed was at ACS (Independent). This was constituted on 20 April 2003 as the 18th Local Conference and it was named Living Waters Methodist Church.

BRMC’s current Preaching Point is at Bukit Batok.

BRMC Church Services
The Church services at Barker Road have grown through the years. At one time, there was a combined Communion service at 9am for the 8.30am and 10.30am congregations.

Question
What is the background of the other services at BRMC?

Answer
The 5pm service began in August 1983. It catered to worshippers who could not make it for the morning services and. It also eased the over-crowding during the monthly Holy Communion services at 8.30am and 10.15am. Unlike the morning services, the evening service included a prayer ministry, testimonies and a ministry of praise and a speaker different from the morning services.

The Shine Forth service was a response to Rev Norman Wong’s challenge to members to start a second service at 10.30am Sundays. This was not just to ease the space constraints in the Sanctuary but to create a distinctive service apart from the service in the Sanctuary.

The Mandarin service was the fruit of a Saturday Fellowship which began in April 2002. The first Mandarin service was on Oct 13, 2002.

In March 2005, the Filipino Fellowship was constituted as a service, 21 years after the Fellowship started.
ACS Re-development (2000)

The ACS (Barker Road) re-development meant a closure of BRMC Sanctuary for worship services from December 1999 to June 2002. This was the second pilgrimage for BRMC.

Question
Where did BRMC hold her services during this time? When did BRMC return to the hill?

Answer
The invitation by ACS to share premises at the former Swiss Cottage Secondary School site at 60 Dunearn Road provided the continuity of BRMC’s worship services and ministries during ACS (Barker Road)’s re-development. The Closing Service at 48 Barker Road was on 2 January 2000.

BRMC at 60 Dunearn Road
BRMC’s Worship services moved next door to Singapore Chinese Girls’ School on Jul 7, 2002 when ACS held its Fun Fair and clean-up at the former Swiss Cottage Secondary School site.

On Dec 21, 2002, BRMC church leaders and members met in the late afternoon at 60 Dunearn Road to pray and prayer-walked back to 48 Barker Road. The first service at the re-furbished Sanctuary was on Dec 22, 2002.
Outreach Events/Seminars/Conferences at BRMC

Josh McDowell Evangelistic Service at ACS Auditorium.
On 7 July 1985, BRMC held an Evangelistic Rally by Josh McDowell at 9,00 am on the topic “Because He lives, I can”. There were 1,300 attendees. The altar call brought in 37 first-time decisions and 29 re-dedications.

Question
What were some other significant events where BRMC played host?

Answer
4-8 August 2002: “Freedom in Christ” Seminars
These were co-organised with Campus Crusade Mass Media and Neil Anderson
16-19 June 2004: International Prayer Conference
1,000 foreign and local delegates attended this Conference. The Opening service was at ACS (Barker Road) Auditorium. The Conference included 20 workshops and public meetings in the evenings. Over 280 children signed up for the 16 workshops under the “Children’s Track”. The 2003 Conference was postponed because of SARS.
23 September 2005: 24-hour Spiritual Renewal
We sought to sustain a spirit of renewal in BRMC that strengthens the 4 houses (Prayer, Bread, Compassion and Salvation). Rev Wee Boon Hup (TRAC President) spoke at the Opening session.

Question
How many pastors have been appointed to BRMC, including current pastors? 

Answer
There are 37 pastors over the span of six decades of BRMC’s history. Some of the earlier pastors served for no more than a year. A number of the church’s latter pastors served considerably longer; for a decade and more. These include Rev Malcolm Tan, Rev Daniel Terence Yeo, and our Pastor-in-Charge Rev Dr Chiu Ming Li. 

If you would like to find out more about our existing ministries please click HERE

Church Links

 

The Methodist Church
in Singapore
BRMC looks after the spiritual well-being of the following:
ACS (Barker)
ACS (Primary)
ACS Oldham Hall
BRMCK

 

4 Great Emphases Of Methodist Christianity

 

A.   GOD’S LOVE INCLUDES EVERYONE! (Universal Atonement)

 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise…not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (II Peter 3:9)

 “In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and He is equally available to all.” (Colossians 3:11 NLT)

 This is the most wonderful truth in the world – God loves each of us, whoever we are, whatever our lot in life! Everyone of us can say, “I am loved by the Creator God.”

 With Charles Wesley, we sing:

“Come, sinners to the gospel feast; Let every soul be Jesus’ guest.

Ye need not one be left behind, For God hath bidden all humankind.”

God’s love does include everyone, but everyone does not experience this love. The next emphasis tells what God has done that we might all know for ourselves love so tremendous!

 

B.   THOUGH TRAGICALLY SEPARATED FROM GOD BY SIN, WE CAN BE SAVED THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST! (Salvation Faith)

“….and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

4 Steps to Salvation from Sin:

1. We must admit that we have sinned.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceived ourselves…” (1 John 1:18)

“To Him therefore that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)

2. We must realize that we cannot save ourselves.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

3. We must acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only Saviour.

“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.” (John 14:6)

4. We must receive Christ by faith as our personal Saviour.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe in his name.” (John 1:12)

Receiving Christ is more than giving mental assent to the truth of Christ, or merely having an emotional experience. To receive Christ means turning from sin to Christ, and relying upon Him to forgive our sins, to live in our lives, and to help us to become what we ought to be.

 

C.   GOD’S SPIRIT BRINGS ASSURANCE THAT WE BELONG TO HIM! (Witness of the Spirit)

“The Spirit itself bears witness with our Spirit, that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:16)

The “Witness of The Spirit” is more than an emotion that we feel, or a voice that we hear. It is an inner confidence that God is faithful, and that He does indeed keep his promise with us! This inward confidence is confirmed by outward change – i.e. a new style of life. As John said: “We know that we have passed from death to life…because we love the brethren…” (1 John 3:14)

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, received this witness at a meeting on Aldersgate Street, London, as he listened to one reading Luther’s Preface to the Book of Romans: “…about a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart, through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone, for salvation: and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.” (Wesley’s Journal, May 24, 1738)

For some, this confidence dawns gradually. For others, it is a sudden discovery at the moment of faith.

Each of us can be assured of our acceptance with God!

D.   A LIFE DOMINATED BY PERFECT LOVE IS THE GOAL OF CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE (Perfect Love)

Jesus said: “…you are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)

1. What kind of perfection does Jesus command of us?

Matthew 5:43-48 indicates a “perfection in love.” Jesus spoke of such love when He said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind.” That is the greatest commandment. It comes first. The second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

To live in “perfect love” is to seek God’s will in every situation, and to desire the best for every individual. It is not a physical attraction, nor a mere friendly feeling. It is unending goodwill, even to the most unlovable. As Edwin Markham wrote:

“He drew a circle that shut me out.

Heretic rebel, a thing to flout.

But Love and I had the wit to win:

We drew a circle that took him in!”

2. How can we live a life of perfect love?

Paul says, “…the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  (Romans 5:5)

Surrender to the Holy Spirit brings purity of motive, singleness of purpose, and liberation for a life of love toward God and humankind. The Holy Spirit enables us to express love in all our relationships.

Perfect love is both an experience in the heart and a way of life in the world.

The Holy Spirit desires to perfect God’s love in us and through us!

THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS HELP PERSONALISE THESE FOUR EMPHASES
1. Do I need to receive Christ as my Saviour and Lord?
2. Do I need assurance that Christ has accepted me and pardoned me from my sin?
3. Assured that Christ is my Saviour, do I need to surrender to the Holy Spirit’s control, so as to live in the power of His love?

FOLLOWING ARE SUGGESTED PRAYERS TO BE USED ACCORDING TO THE NEED REPRESENTED ABOVE. REMEMBER, GOD IS ANXIOUS TO ANSWER EVERY SINGLE PRAYER. YOUR ATTITUDE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WORDS YOU USE.

To Receive Christ:
“Lord God, I confess that I have sinned. I acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation and receive him into my life as Saviour and Lord. As evidence of my faith in Your faithfulness, I thank You now.”

To Receive Assurance:
“Lord God, I trust Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord. On the authority of Your promises in scripture I claim the assurance that You have pardoned and accepted me. As evidence of my faith in Your faithfulness, I thank You now.”

To Receive the Spirit’s Control:
“Lord God, I want Your love to dominate my life and to be expressed in all my actions. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Empower me to do Your will daily. As evidence of my faith that what I have asked You have done, I thank You now.”

WHICH PRAYER WOULD YOU SAY BEST EXPRESS

YOUR OWN NEED? PRAY THIS PRAYER.

 SOME HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS

  1. Read this article again, especially the scriptures which apply to your situation.
  2. Remember that it is your faith (commitment and trust) which connects you with God’s promises, not your feelings.
  3. Read your Bible daily. Let God talk to you.
  4. Pray daily. You talk to God.
  5. Witness to others. You talk for God.
  6. Participate in group worship, study, and service to others, at least once a week.