Sengkang Methodist Church (SKMC) is part of the Chinese Annual Conference (CAC) of the Methodist Churches of Singapore. SKMC was formed on Sep 10, 2000. The following account has been adapted from an article about SKMC on the Methodist Churches periodical.
ONE COULD SAY THAT it was God’s hand which sowed the seeds of ministry that would later become Sengkang Methodist Church (SKMC). How else can we explain why He gave the same vision to three independent Methodist churches to begin ministries in the emerging housing estate of Sengkang in the 1990s?
Gloria Methodist Church, as it was then known, became like a kernel of wheat which “dies” so that it may “produce many seeds” (John 12:24), as it approved the transfer of all its active members into the new church, SKMC, alongside members from Hakka Methodist Church and Paya Lebar Chinese Methodist Church. SKMC was constituted as a local conference of the Chinese Annual Conference on Sept 10, 2000.
Members of the new church worshipped in the Emmanuel Hall in Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School for two years while their church building at 31 Anchorvale Road was under construction. The hall, situated in the basement of the school, was converted from a former air-rifle range. At that time, the church’s office was situated in a bomb shelter in nearby Hougang. SKMC therefore became affectionately known to some as “the underground church”.
Meanwhile, outreach work in Sengkang began even before the church moved into its constructed premises. From 2000 to 2002, SKMC organised more than 20 community events such as Christmas celebrations and mooncake festivals to draw and attract residents from Sengkang. Befriending work in neighboring schools also started, together with the setting up of the Sengkang Methodist Children Centre (SKMCC) and Oikos.Community@Sengkang (Oikos), SKMC’s community outreach arm.
As of April 2013, SKMC has a total membership of about 700 – a far cry from the 150 who first moved into the current Anchorvale premises. Ministries for different age groups are available, such as the Compass Ministry (children), D’Anchor ministry (youth), the Adult Ministry and the Evergreen Ministry (senior citizens).