Bishop Chong Chin Chung

Noting that churches, groups and individuals have stepped up to provide food, comfort and prayer to those affected by the pandemic, Bishop Dr Chong Chin Chung said: “This is the social holiness we seek to embody.” Screenshot from Christmas Greeting 2016 video.

As Singapore exits the Circuit Breaker and enters the first phase of safe reopening, the Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) reiterated its call for believers to continue in a “spirit of servanthood” even after the crisis is over.

“The enforced solitude of the last eight weeks has caused us to re-examine ourselves as a church and as individual believers,” said Bishop Dr Chong Chin Chung in a letter addressed to congregants.

“It lifts my heart to see Methodists working in concert or as silent individuals to extend the love of Christ to our neighbours.”

Noting that churches, groups and individuals have stepped up to provide food, comfort and prayer to those affected by the pandemic, he said: “This is the social holiness we seek to embody.”

“It lifts my heart to see Methodists working … to extend the love of Christ to our neighbours.”

“My prayer is that we continue in this spirit of servanthood even after the crisis is long over, and the Methodist legacy to our country is one of standing together with our neighbours as we continue to build a community that glorifies God.”

In the letter, Bishop Chong also said that, at least for the next month, the Methodist Church will still be unable to meet or celebrate Holy Communion together, though the leaders are “praying over and exploring ways and means where we may be able to do so”.

Worship services will also continue to be held online, he added, and urgent pastoral care remains available through phone calls or video chats.

He also announced that in line with new guidelines by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, churches may now hold weddings with up to 10 people.

 

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