T.S.S

Hello everyone, I’m Agnes, from Small Group Bread of Life 2 (BOLT). Today I would like to share about how God has planted a special friend in my life and how all of us may also have been unknowingly been planted to make a difference in someone else’s life.

The story goes like this: Wan Lin and I both studied in the same school, Anglican High. We were very good friends, but drifted apart upon graduation as the both of us moved on to different schools.

Years later, upon working, I faced stiff competition from colleagues for approval and promotion, and became pretty stressed up. I started pondering on questions like “How should I get my boss’s approval”, “Is pretending to be good more important or is proper hard work more important” and then finally to asking “What am I working for in the first place? What is the purpose of life?”

I felt like I was stuck in a deep hole, and tried finding answers on my own, and asking my parents for advice. But all these didn’t really help so I decided that I should try attending church to see if it could shed some light into this hole I was in. And the first person that came to my mind was Wan Lin because I knew that she is a fervent Christian. So I called her and she brought me to TSS. After a few months here, as I needed to find out more, she introduced me to Alpha where I could openly ask all the questions that have been bugging me. Finally at one session, a speaker quoted from Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me”. That’s when I realised that God is just standing outside the door of my heart, ready to enter into my life. So I decided to accept Christ and my baptism took place not long after.

The night I got baptised, one of the first things I did was to add my Baptism name ‘Agnes’ to my Facebook account. The next day, my colleagues were intrigued by my sudden name-change and started calling me ‘Agnes’. Upon their teasing and questioning, I shared that I have just been baptised. While I believe it would be a long time before I would gain enough knowledge and confidence to actively reach out and preach the gospel, yet, as a first step, I wanted to let people know that I am now a child of God, so that they will be able to recognise that any positive change in me was due to God’s grace and entry into my life.

Therefore as a first step, I would like to encourage everyone here to not be hesitant in sharing the fact that we are God’s children. Unknowingly, people around us might decide to walk toward God upon seeing how God has affected us so positively; or another person might one day find that they need light in their lives and remember you as one who could help point the way, just like how Wan Lin came to my mind when I needed help to find God. 

God bless you and thank you.

Agnes Lee Meng Ai
Bread of Life 2

 

930am Prayer & Praise Service

Good morning. My name is Vanessa and I am from Bread of Life small group.

I attended the Alpha Course in August 2004, and after Alpha, our discussion group formed unofficially. We continued to meet regularly for bible study, fellowship and prayer support and in 2008 we decided to be registered with our church as an official small group. This small group means a lot to me, as I was a NEW CHRISTIAN seeking to KNOW GOD and as our members have been though a lot with each other, GOD has kept us close together through our prayers and sharing of our lives. Our relationships grew deep over the 8 years and this group is so special in my heart that I truly treasure our friendship, fellowship and how we have learnt from each other in our Christian walk.

In Oct 2011, some members within our group suggested that we host Small Group Alpha. It was discussed and presented what we needed was a place to host Alpha and to cater food for the participants for the 10 weeks.  To me the most important issue was this small group may end up breaking up at the end of this course.  My group members were so keen for this initiative, that they kept praying to GOD to guide and confirm the decision. Then GOD answer one of our prayers and provided a free venue to host Alpha.

At that point of time, I was still unwilling and REJECTED this decision in my heart. In our few meetings, I tried to find lots of excuses not to do Alpha, even saying that the venue provided at Dempsey is not convenient for people to attend. My main reservation was due to my own selfishness that I did not want to accept the fact that we may break this group up after Alpha and I was also uncomfortable with new people joining our group.

I asked GOD what if 4 or no participants turned up, complained about inconvenience for me to get to the venue from work and if I found the location not convenient, than other participants will feel the same way. To my surprise, GOD brought nearly 30 participants to our group. I witnessed GOD’s amazing hand on our group that He made every of my reservation fade away. I was so blessed to witness some participants receiving Christ during our Alpha Course and then going through baptism and becoming members of Wesley. God was certainly with us!

More so, even though after Alpha our small group multiplied in 3 groups so as to help journey and disciple the new members, the original small group, Bread of Life continues to exist and we still meet once a month!

From this experience, now I am praying and want to invite my non-Christian friends to attend Alpha as I find it so easy to just ask my friends join me for a meal and watch some videos to hear the Gospel message.

This entire journey has shown me that our GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL, I just need to have a willing heart to serve.

Vanessa Tan
Bread of Life Small Group

 

1130am Prayer & Praise Service

Hi, I’m Patricia. I’m a member of Katong Homemakers or KH small group which was set up in 2001. KH comprises 12 ladies, mostly busy homemakers, although, a few are like me who have a regular paid job but homemaking remains a priority. 

As a small group, we enjoy growing together spiritually and supporting each other. At the same time, we have been engaged in different types of outreach activities for the past 14 years. 

Today, I’ve been asked to share about our small group’s experiences in outreach.

The word outreach begins with the letter ‘O’. The letter ‘O’ also reminds us to consider ‘Others, Ourselves and Obedience’. 

O for Others

Who are these OTHERS being referred to? There are at least 200 000 people in Singapore who have many unmet basic needs. KH ladies know we are not able to meet all needs, but together we do what we can to bless a few lives regularly.

O for Ourselves

When we consider OURSELVES, we are grateful for God’s rich and constant provisions for us and our families. He has granted us generous blessings to share them with others. Organizing outreach activities as a small group takes up much commitment, and because of that, with the many challenges of homemaking and looking after our families, we sometimes do slip into periods of inactivity. But not for too long, for we are conscious of what God says about outreach and the giving of ourselves to others. 

O for Obedience

I want to share 3 references that motivate our SG’s OBEDIENCE to outreach efforts: 

1. Matthew 5 reminds us to let our light shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven

2. Christ said in Luke 14 that ‘when we give a feast, to invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind … we will be blessed, because they cannot repay us’. 

3. Jesus also taught His disciples in Matthew 25:40 that whatever they did for one of the least of brothers and sisters of His, they did for Him

KH SG Outreach Projects/Activities 

I have chosen some photos to show a few of our OUTREACH events:

1. Sponsoring a Cambodian child’s education through MMS (past 8 years)

2. Preparing and delivering CNY hampers to three poor families whose children attend Wesley CDC

3. Organizing Christmas outreach to disadvantaged children, the aged and special needs

4. Mission Outreach trips: SGM mission trip to Isaan, Senggarang, and Tanjong Pinang.

Let me end by sharing what Lynette Lim-Teagle said about biblical generosity: “More than anything, biblical generosity requires the giving of self in the form of time, emotions, love, kindness, support, affirmation, and encouragement – whatever it takes to minister God’s grace in any situation”.

May God continue to bless you and your outreach efforts.                       

Patricia Koh
Katong Homemakers Small Group

 

730am Traditional Service

Good morning, my name is Sandra, and I am pleased to share with you about my experience in the Small Group Ministry.  My husband and I belong to the small group called Rejoice. We meet fortnightly on Fridays, and we meet on a third Friday for prayer.

It took us many years to find a group which we could settle in as, like so many people, we weren’t sure if there was the right fit. But we took a leap of faith, knowing that by meeting with fellow Christians, we would be blessed and enriched by the sharing of lives and experiences. 

Rejoice, comprises eight families, and we come from all walks of life. Because life’s circumstances are so colourful, our group has faced issues of retrenchment, major illness, spiritual dryness – issues which many face in life. How has the group helped in these difficult times?

Firstly, there is no better place for SUPPORT than in a small group. When faced with difficult circumstances in life, it is always better to have someone or a close group of friends to hear out and to support in prayer. For example, at one stage, the group had 3 husbands who were out of jobs; indeed, the going was tough, but it was made lighter with support, encouragement and job leads given by the group.

The small group also serves as a CHECKPOINT for spiritual life. Yes, we meet for food, fellowship and fun, but beyond that, we seriously pray for one another and keep check on each other’s lives and spiritual growth. Rejoice recently started a journal of prayer and impressions of Bible lessons, and it is serving us well in our spiritual growth

Rejoice also has a greater purpose than simply meeting and fellowshipping. We were tremendously blessed to have had opportunities to REACH OUT to the needy. The group supported a down-and-out father whose wife walked out on him, leaving him with three kids. The group is also currently supporting an Indian Muslim single mother with five kids who are in great financial, emotional and mental crisis. These outreach projects have helped the group bond and be a good biblical model for our children.

Finally, through the small group Rejoice, we are able to live out Hebrews 10:25-26, “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

Sandra Mun
Rejoice Small Group

 

1130am Traditional Service

Good morning …

I’ve been a member of Wesley since 1987, but it's taken me 24 years to join a small group.    

You know, for years, during meetings in the church conference room, I would  often  sit  across  from  a  Singapore  map  that had numerous dots representing the locations of small groups all over our island. I thought to myself … hmm … that’s a lot of dots, but I don’t belong to any of them.     

Over  the  many  years  he  was  with  us,  Pastor  Stanley  Chua  had  also asked me many times – why I wasn’t with a small group yet. I never had a very convincing answer.  

I always thought it was too much of a commitment.  I figured that I was already getting  my  quota  of  ‘small  group’  experiences  through serving in various ministries in Wesley.  

Four years ago, I interviewed Philip Oh, then chairperson of the Small Group Ministry for an article in the Tidings magazine. They were just rolling out the Ministry’s new vision – growing groups that bear lasting fruits – then.

Philip told me something about the core purpose of the small group ministry – it’s not about the numbers, events or dollars collected. It is about improving our relationship with God. 

Even  then – and  in  a  very  blinkered  way – I  thought  I  was  already dressing  that aspect with  the  various  bible  study  courses  I  had undertaken  over  the  years – ‘Experiencing  God’,  ‘Disciple  1’,  and copious notes taken during ad hoc teaching sessions. 

What  I  really  enjoyed  from  these  occasions  though  were  the  ties formed, and many friendships forged. But too often – as the courses drew to an end – we would all go our own way, and eventually over time, the  ties  would  unravel,  as  we lose  touch  with  one  another, despite  the  camaraderie,  laughter  and  fellowship  shared  while  we were together. 

Finally – in 2011, with some apprehension, I joined the Family of God small group.

The group is made up of young to pre-middle aged couples with very young to teenaged and adult children. I am perhaps the oldest among them – believe me, it’s a great way to keep young.  During these last two years, we’ve been through PSLE’s, births, continuous assessments, IB exams and the health challenges of elderly parents.    

Together, we study and discuss the word, we share concerns, we rejoice in our ups, and we try our best to bear each other’s burdens during our ‘downs’.   

We  don’t  always  agree  on  viewpoints,  but  the  beauty  of  such  a fellowship,  is  that  there  is  diversity  and  texture.  We  bring different perspectives to  the  table – perspectives that  have  been  shaped  by how  we  have  been  brought  up,  our  education  and  exposure  to  the community and the world.  

Yet,  what’s wonderful  is  that  we  are  all  bound tightly in  Christ, subscribing to  the same value  system  He  has  taught  us: love, tolerance, forgiveness, and always, a genuine concern for one another.  

1 Corinthians 12:25 – 27 say, “… there should be no division in the body, but that its members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.”  

In  many  ways, the  small  group  I  belong  to  is  truly  like  a  family as there  is a  strong sense  of  belonging and the  privilege  of  forging relationships  with  one  another – the  Body  of  Christ –, and  in  the process of doing so, as His children, grow into a deeper relationship with our heavenly father as well. I believe this has given rise to that oneness  of  purpose  and  spirit,  especially  in  our  outreach  to  ‘The Hiding Place’,  a  Christian  home  set  up to rehabilitate ex-substance offenders and delinquents.  

When I first joined this group, it took me a while to settle in to it. Now I cannot wait to see where this journey will bring us together. Now, when I look at that same Singapore map in the conference room, I know that I finally belong to one of the dots on it.  

Friends, if  you  are  not  already  in  a  group that  studies  and  serves together in fellowship and friendship – regardless, whether it is under the umbrella of the small group ministry or not – I believe that Jesus is  calling  each  of  us  to  be  IN  one so that sustainable relationships may be formed, with shared joys and anguish. And together, even as the light of Christ grows and glows within us, may we bring this light out to the community to shine for our Lord, to bear lasting fruit for His Kingdom.  

Thank you.

Christina Stanley
Family of God Small Group

 

5pm Traditional Service

Let me begin by sharing with you this verse taken from Ephesians 4:16 that really reflect how we are, how we should be as members of God’s family. 

"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work."

My name is Jorge Lau and I am here today to share about my small group experiences.

I have been in the core team of Men-In-Christ for a few years now, and we meet regularly as a small group called MICkit1 which is overseen by the Small Group Ministry. Also, I, and my wife Angie, joined the small group, Beacons, in Zone 10 early this year and recently, both of us have started serving as core team members in Zone 10.

Let me share a little history before talking about my small groups. Angie has been attending Wesley since her teens, and in the late 80s while we were dating, she brought me, as a free-thinker then, to Wesley. Probably like some of us here today, both of us then just simply attended the weekly Sunday Church service, followed by lunch, without participating in other parts of church life. This resulted in us hardly knowing anybody in the congregation except our friendly ushers.

From the MICkit1 small group, I am enjoying the fellowship where men share God's Word with one another, and the challenges they face as men and as head of their families.  We pray for one another, support one another and watch over one another.

For the small group, Beacons – whose name is based on the verse of Mathew 5:14, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden" –, both Angie and I are enjoying the fellowship with the rest of the group members.  We have very good leaders to guide us and to lead us into God's Word through learning what it means, praying for one another and, importantly, bonding all the members together as a big Family – God's Family.  

For those of you, who are like how Angie and I were previously – simply attending weekly Church service, followed by lunch and hardly knowing anybody in the congregation –, I strongly encourage you to join a small group and enjoy the beauty of fellowship as one belonging to God's family.

Jorge Lau
MICkit1 & Beacons’ Small Groups