Name: Toa Payoh Chinese Methodist Church 卫理公会大巴窑礼拜堂
Language: Hokkien , Mandarin , Mandarin with English translation
Address: 480 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh S’pore 319641
Toa Payoh Methodist Church was neither planned for nor budgeted and built by its own members. Instead, it’s establishment was made possible by the joint sponsorship of Foo Chow Methodist Church, in conjunction with other Methodist churches.
On 8 September 1971, Faith Methodist Church setup a committee to plant a church. Churches participating in this committee included Foo Chow Methodist Church, Kum Yan Methodist Church, Kampong Kapor Methodist Church and Wesley Methodist Church. Bishop Yap Kim Hao presided over the groundbreaking ceremony on 18 November 1972. The church building project was completed on August 1973 and established as a local conference on 14 August 1977. Bishop Kao Jih Chung presided over the dedication service of the church on 17 December 1977.
After being established as a local conference, the first task at hand was to organize a bi-lingual evangelical rally (20 August 1973). The Mandarin-Hokkien worship service began on the same year on 2 September. In addition, under the purview of the Governing Committee, and with the assistance of the youth fellowships of Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church and Hakka Methodist Church, Trinity Theological College, Singapore Bible College and Disciple Agency, the church started classes for new-believers, adult Bible study groups, a youth fellowship, a choir, a Sunday School for children, the Women’s Committee of Christian Service and began to actively carry out the ministry of evangelism.
In 1988, both the English and Mandarin pastors and leaders received a vision of rebuilding the church and the two local conferences signed a memorandum of understanding for the church rebuilding in 2005. The rebuilding project commenced in March 2008 and Bishop Wee Boon Hup presided over the sanctuary dedication service on 31 August 2013.
When the local conference was established in 1977, the church only ran the Mandarin-Hokkien worship service, which comprised 140 members. At present, Toa Payoh Chinese Methodist Church runs three worship services: The Chinese Worship Service, the Hokkien Worship Service and New Life Worship.
The mission of Toa Payoh Methodist Church is to “Lead People to Christ, to be Disciples of Christ.” We pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to raise pastors, leaders and members to enter the society and shine for Christ, that people will be led to God by His grace to experience salvation and worship Christ Jesus who has received all authority in heaven and on earth.