Our History

The Formative Years

Over 200 decisions for salvation were made following a Chapel service at Anglo – Chinese School (Barker Road). The idea of forming a separate “Chapel” within the campus for them was mooted.

20 May 1956

The first service of this separate “Chapel” was at the School’s Oldham Hall with a small group of school boys. Rev S T Peter Lim delivered the first sermons.

17 May 1957

This “Chapel” was officially recognized as Barker Road Methodist Church (BRMC). Baptisms and transfers of members followed on 26 May 1957.

Building Our Identity
9 June 1963

Our first Sanctuary was officially opened by Bishop Hobart B Amstutz. It took two years to raise the S$75,000 for the building and furnishings.

15 August 1967

Our kindergarten was established with Mrs Joyce Foster as Principal. It was an outreach in close spiritual affinity with the Methodist Church in Singapore and the ACS family of schools.

20 May 1983

Our logo was unveiled, initially as the masthead of our newsletter called UPHILL. The design of the logo was based on how our Sanctuary looked as we walk up towards it.

4 November 1990

Inaugural service in our new Sanctuary, now re-built on the same but now larger site. The stained glass, which was installed later, became another BRMC icon.

2 January 2000

Our Sanctuary was closed for redevelopment with the ACS campus. We met at 60 Dunearn Road, a site formerly occupied by Swiss Cottage School, and returned to the redeveloped Sanctuary on 22 December 2002.

Extending Our Identity
November 1983

We launched the Filipino Fellowship as an outreach to those working in Singapore. The Fellowship was constituted as a regular worship service and ministry in March 2005.

10 October 1993

We launched a Preaching Point as outreach to Methodist Girls’ School (MGS) students and the community living in Upper Bukit Timah Road. It was constituted as Covenant Community Methodist Church on 11 September 1994.


We launched the SHINE FORTH services. Originally a “teaching service” in the School Auditorium alongside the Sunday 10.30am worship service in the Sanctuary, it is now our regular Contemporary service.

12 April 1998

We launched a Preaching Point, jointly with Aldersgate Methodist Church and Wesley Methodist Church, as an outreach to ACS (Independent) students. It was constituted as Living Waters Methodist Church on 20 April 2003.

4 July 1999

Indonesian Fellowship was launched as a ministry for the Indonesians in Singapore. It is now one of our regular services and ministries on Sundays.

13 October 2002

Launch of Mandarin worship service for those who are more comfortable in a Mandarin-speaking environment. It is now also one of our regular services on Sundays.

20 August 2006

Launch of outreach to the HDB heartlands at Bukit Batok. Originally a joint venture with Methodist Welfare & Social Services, it is now our local mission to reach out to the community there.

25 March 2007

Our UPPER ROOM SERVICE, a regular Sunday “charismatic-style” worship service was launched. Wesleyan in doctrine and structure, it would include “the elements of Congregational Spirit inspired simultaneous praying”.

8 July 2012

Launch of Preaching Point at ACS (International) for its students and the community living in Holland Village. It was constituted as Holland Village Methodist Church on 8 July 2012.