CAC NEWS - MARCH 2021

Social Concerns Sunday 2021

CAC will be holding Social Concerns Sunday on 21 March 2021.  A Second Offering will be collected on this day and disbursed to the beneficiaries identified by the Board of Social Concerns and Outreach (BOSC).  This year, the Board has identified the following beneficiaries for the Second Offering:

BOSC supports a wide variety of social concerns.  These comprise programmes hosted by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) or CAC Churches, including: befriending programmes and social activities to engage Seniors, school ministry through the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades, free tuition for low-income families, mentoring and character-building programmes for students, food blessing and community projects.  BOSC also supports organisations which support persons struggling with drug, gambling and other forms of addiction.  Your generous contribution to the Second Offering on Social Concerns Sunday will help the above ministries and beneficiaries.

We share with you two stories of how Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church and Charis Methodist Church extended outreach recently.

”– 客工宿舍探访小记

社会关怀与外展委员会与女皇镇堂合办

农历新年是华人最重要的节日,是阖家团圆相聚,畅叙亲情友爱的节期。每到此时,家人爱中翘首期盼,游子渴慕踏上归程。家,是爱的守候,是温暖的召唤。

今年的农历新年,由于疫情的影响,许多人不能回家过年,不能与亲人朋友团聚。这其中有一个群体,他们为新加坡的建设作出了极大的贡献,他们被称为“外籍客工”。由于防疫措施的限制、机票价格的飞涨、家庭生活的重担等因素,他们虽想家却不能回家与亲人团圆。由于他们收入偏低,大多数在本地没有亲友,新年期间他们许多人要靠加班多赚钱,也熬过想家的寂寞,他们需要更多群体的关怀。

爱人如己是主对我们的呼召和命令,关怀这群客工是我们对主爱的回应。2021年2月7日傍晚,在社会关怀与外展部的协调推动下,牧师、传道和几位同工代表女皇镇堂全体会友来到位于Neythal Road的一所外籍建筑工人宿舍,慰问这里的三百位外籍客工。

我们为他们准备了富有南洋新年特色的年柑,祝福他们新的一年大吉大利,生活甘甜如蜜。我们也特别为其中的中国籍客工准备了90份新年礼包。其中包括年柑、年饼、广受欢迎的中国辣酱老干妈、肉干、花生等。

当客工们走下放工的巴士,从我们手中接过新年礼包时,虽然我们都戴着口罩,也无法交谈,只有简短的问候“新年快乐”,但是我们从他们眼睛里的笑意,从他们点头、致谢中感受到他们心中的喜悦。 相信无论怎样的礼包也无法完全消解他们的乡愁,但是透过这个小小的礼包能够让他们感受到一丝温暖,一些慰藉,感受到从上帝而来的爱!

上帝就是爱,上帝的儿女是蒙爱的。这爱也是对上帝儿女的呼召,呼召我们将这爱在世界中传扬、传递。女皇镇堂这次分送礼包的活动严格遵守了疫情防控条例,并在人力部的指导配合下进行,以确保客工们以及服事同工们的安全。 亲爱的弟兄姐妹们,下次和我们一起去吧!

Project Samaria

Charis Methodist Church’s ministry for the homeless

“… and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8b

On April 18, 2020, the Social Concerns Ministry of Charis Methodist Church (CMC) sought the Lord’s guidance as we contemplated the request from CAC BOSC, as well as the Government’s appeal, to help house the thousands in Singapore who were made homeless during the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker (CCB).

Acts 1:8b “and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” was the Lord’s answer for us. He impressed upon our hearts to reach out and share the Good News with family (Jerusalem), friends (Judea), and strangers (Samaria). Thereafter, Charis derived the name “Project Samaria” for our initiative to assist our homeless brothers.

When the Lord calls, He is faithful in providing resources. Project Samaria took shape swiftly. Charis’ House of Peniel building (where Project Samaria was to be located) was approved as a Safe, Sound Sleeping Place (S3P) by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), and Project Samaria received our first two guests on May 7, 2020.

We thank God for providing us the right contacts at MSF, and to the local charity Homeless Hearts of Singapore, as well as Pasir Panjang Hill Brethren Church’s Pastor Tang Kok Fai, who shared with us their ministry of housing God’s homeless.  Project Samaria supported up to eight guests or stayers.  Our primary purpose was to show God’s love to our stayers by providing safe housing and food.  Through this, we hoped that the stayers may encounter Jesus and come to salvation.  We also offered healthcare assistance and fostered a sense of well-being, connection, and community support with our medical and volunteer befrienders.  The medical team screened the incoming guests before admittance and were on call for ad-hoc medical consultations.  Our volunteer befrienders provided social support and shared the Gospel with stayers.  Some stayers were even open to being prayed for by our pastors, Rev Lui Yuan Tze and Rev Daniel Teoh.  We pray that the seeds planted will continue to grow in their hearts and bear fruit one day!

Due to the renovation plans for the House of Peniel, we had to bid farewell to our guests on July 1, 2020.  The Project Samaria Team surprised our guests with a treat of durians at the farewell dinner and presented a video featuring messages from our Church, songs by our Sunday School children, as well as prayers of blessings.

Our guests were visibly touched by the tremendous love and warmth of the church.  All glory to God for all that He has accomplished through Project Samaria.  We thank God for His hand of protection and for keeping our guests and volunteers safe and healthy throughout the pandemic.

Though our guests have moved to other S3P locations, we believe that God has given us a foretaste of the homeless ministry through Project Samaria.  Many from the Team sensed that God may intend for Charis to build this as a long-term ministry after we return to our redeveloped church premises in 2022.  A formal proposal was submitted to the LCEC and in February 2021, the Samaria Ministry was approved as a new initiative for Charis’ Social Concerns Ministry.  Please pray with us that as we expand the Samaria Ministry in time to come, that God will transform Charis Methodist Church, both physically with the church redevelopment, and also spiritually as a disciple-making church, and that we may grow to be a more attractive community in our nation!


CAC Board of Outreach and Social Concerns


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