KYMC's 103 Years of Rich Heritage
Kum Yan Methodist Church (KYMC) celebrated its 103rd Anniversary on 14 March 2021. The congregation heard from guest speaker Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, who was a long-time pastor at KYMC, as he gave his sermon Be my Macedonia Vision from Acts 16:6-15. This anniversary also saw the unveiling of the foundation stone that the church had reset. This Stone was first laid on 3 March 1957, when the church building was first established on 1 Queens Street and was of great significance to the church as it marked the start of their having a permanent place to worship. The Stone also serves to remind KYMC of God’s faithfulness, and that Christ is the foundation of the church.
LCEC Chair, Mr. Keith Leong (right) and Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot (left) pictured at the unveiling of the Foundation Stone that was reset as close to its original location as possible.
We hear below from Priscilla Pearly Tan, a youth from KYMC’s Youth Connection, as she reflects on their recent church anniversary celebration and the valuable lessons she drew from her time in KYMC.
Kum Yan Methodist Church (KYMC) has a rich heritage of 103 years and I’ve been here for a very small part of it: the recent 3 years. While I don’t have as much to share as those who’ve been present for much of KYMC’s history, I do look forward to and really enjoy hearing the amazing stories that the older members and people like Pastor Lilian and Uncle KC have to share about our church. Their stories about their experiences with the elders and the founding generation of the church really stuck with me. These stories illustrate the DNA and the heritage of KYMC, and how those who served had an immense zeal for God and His people.
A story about a church leader who had fallen ill was particularly memorable for me. Ps Lilian shared that during their visit, the hospitalised leader’s first words were neither about her condition nor about the pain she was experiencing, but rather to ask about the church and how its people were doing. Stories like these urge me to reflect on my priorities and to constantly place God, His people, and His kingdom at the centre of my heart.
These stories illustrate the DNA and the heritage of KYMC, and how those who served had an immense zeal for God and His people.
During KYMC’s 103rd Anniversary Service, I discovered another important part of our rich heritage and DNA; it ties very closely to how the church was started and how several of our ministries were birthed. The sermon shed light on how the church’s founding father, Mr. Lam Iu Cheung started the church because he sensed the needs of the people around him.
As a teacher at Yeung Ching School, his heart was stirred and filled with compassion for the Cantonese migrants who did not yet know Christ, and so he started a fellowship and reached out to them with the Gospel. Subsequently, as the congregation grew, he introduced a Sunday worship service at the school to provide people with a place to worship.
… from the very beginning, the church was established with outreach as its mission.
Other ministries like the one in Woodlands also originated from leaders who devotedly answered their call to meet the needs of their community. Rev Philip Lim encapsulated it very beautifully in the foreword of the commemorative coffee table book given out at the Anniversary Service, that from the very beginning, the church was established with outreach as its mission.
With each season that followed, every generation of leaders came together faithfully to seek God’s direction and to discover where the needs were in that time. It is there where they would find the context to apply the responsibility, mission and vision that God has ordained for KYMC. With a deeper understanding of KYMC heritage, and therefore, my spiritual heritage, I am inspired to consider where and to whom God is calling us for outreach in our times.
Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot, pastor and guest speaker at KYMC’s 103rd Anniversary Service.
Rev Khoo Cheng Hoot delivered a powerful sermon at the Anniversary Service about the Macedonian Vision. He draws parallels between Lydia, a recipient of the gospel, and the people that surround us in Singapore in our time. As a dealer in purple cloth, Lydia was perhaps one who lived in abundance, just like many of us in Singapore. However, despite this abundance, the one thing needful remains—the renewal of our fallen nature.