Living Waters Methodist Church
Living Waters Methodist Church – History And Other Details
Through the lives and ministries of the Wesley brothers and other early Methodist movement pilgrims, God fanned the spark of divine grace into a raging blaze. James Thoburn and William Oldham’s arrival in Singapore on February 7th, 1885, was the first time flame reached our shores. They did not just arrive as a consequence of human design and intention.
Library of Archives and History
The Living Waters Methodist Church Archives, Singapore, commonly known as The Archives and History Library, preserves the history of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS).
When the late Bishop Emeritus T. R. Doraisamy began working on a historical narrative for MCS’ centennial celebrations in 1985, the Council on Archives and History of MCS, which now oversees it, started as a resource centre in a basement room of the Methodist Centre at Mount Sophia in 1984. The resource centre changed its name to the Archives and History Library when it relocated to its new location at the Methodist Centre on Barker Road in January 2003.
Although the library’s collection isn’t extensive, it does contain some items, such as original documents, microfilms, audio-visual materials, photos, and books. These provide significant resources for scholars and interested parties, along with an expanding number of Methodist publications, a collection of John Wesley’s works, and books on Methodist History in South East Asia, General Living Waters Methodist Church History, and Methodist beliefs and theology.
We warmly welcome everyone interested in learning more about how the Methodist work in Singapore originated, developed, and changed from 1885 to the present.
Structure Review for MCS
The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) – established in 1885, was structured to represent the country’s many ethnic groupings. Thus, the Trinity Annual Conference, Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference, and Chinese Annual Conference got founded. A President serves as the leader of each of these Annual Conferences. The Bishop gets in charge of the General Conference, MCS’s highest decision-making body.
Perhaps this is a moment for the church structure to begin another season of transition, with different language services now extending to Methodist congregations of various Annual Conferences. To avoid duplicating services or putting too much strain on limited resources while serving – the Structural Review Task Force is investigating better ways to organise the MCS.
The revivalist work of John Wesley, a Church of England priest from the 18th century, is carried on by Methodist believers. Although he belonged to the catholic – (universal) tradition of the church, his ministry was unique since it included a “method” for achieving societal and personal purity. Wesley created a “connection” between neighbourhood organisations and small groups that helped fuel a thriving Christian revival in England and eventually resulted in the establishment of the Methodist Church.
According to John Wesley, the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ could and ought to change the world. Early Methodist preachers received his passionate, evangelistic message as follows:
“Promote biblical holiness across these nations.” At its core, it was a missionary movement that propagated the gospel for national healing and heart conversion.
The scriptures must be studied to be understood by Methodist Christians, pastors, and laypeople. In truth, we engage in theological labour for the church every time we open the Bible to read the texts in search of knowledge for the present. Forth the truth for Christians in today’s situations and addressing today’s realities GETS their responsibility. We must consider how our cherished religious texts and established church teachings apply to the current environment.
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