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BMC-History

Bedok Methodist Church was born on 21 October 1946 when a dozen members of the Geylang Straits Methodist Church, headed by Rev. Chew Hock Hin, held their first gospel service in an attap house chapel at Padang Terbakar. Thereafter, the gospel works began to function in the charge of Mr Chan Wah Teck, a local preacher who pastored the church for 35 years until 1982 when he officially stepped down. He continued to assist in shepherding the 5 pm congregation until his retirement.

In 1949, as the pioneering work expanded, the chapel was officially known as the Bedok Methodist Church. Plans to raise funds were made to build a small church on the main road.

On 29 Sept 1952, the corner stone for the new church was laid by Rev. Chew, assisted by Pastor Chan. The building was completed at the end of 1952 and in the following year the church, situated at No.1 Lorong Pelasari, became known as No.86 Bedok Road It was dedicated by Bishop R.L. Archer.

In 1973, the sanctuary was enlarged to cope with the increase in membership. It was completed in August and had a seating capacity of 210. In 1983, Chan Wah Teck Hall was constructed to accommodate the Sunday school, the BMC kindergarten and the pastors’ offices.

In 1995, membership increased to over 900 and to meet its growth and expanding ministry, the church embarked on a new development project to seat 600 worshippers. After the demolition of the old sanctuary, the construction of the new one began in mid 1993. In the meantime, the church held its Sunday morning services at Geylang Methodist Secondary with the kind permission of its principal while the 5 pm Sunday service continued to be held at Chan Wah Teck Hall.

The building was completed and normal Sunday services resumed in the new sanctuary on 31 March 1996. This was the result of the generous and sacrificial giving of BMC’s faithful and dedicated members, friends and pastors.

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The Children’s Ministry continued to expand and it became necessary to rebuild the Chan Wah Teck Hall and increase its training facilities. In spite of the depressed economy during the building project, God provided and BMC members and friends gave generously. On 26 October 2003, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon dedicated the opening of the new Chan Wah Teck Hall which currently houses 2 large halls and 16 training rooms.

In 2005, the entire church embarked on the 40 Days of Purpose Spiritual Retreat. We renewed our commitment to run with the church vision, To Make Disciples For Jesus Christ, and to obey the five purposes of God: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism.

In 2006, the Year of Equipping, we made a concerted effort as a body of Christ to learn more about God’s word. We also celebrated BMC’s 60th anniversary, held three special services, Celebrating 60 Years of Children, Youth and Seniors. We also put up the History Tunnel, a month-long church history exhibition. The celebrations culminated in a grand church service and dinner at Downtown East on 22 October.

2007 was the Year of Missions where the church did a corporate study of missions together. Members were also equipped through a missions conference, training seminars and workshops. By the end of 2007, about 500 people or 50% of the church went out to the mission field to do God’s work – mainly in Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia, Japan, Nepal, Hong Kong and Israel.

2008 was the Year of Worship and Prayer. We committed ourselves to a year of rest and intimacy with God – pursuing a deeper life of worship and prayer and moving in a greater knowledge of and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ. The children and youth were given opportunities to pray and seek the Lord with a fresh independence. Young and old were touched by personal encounters with the Lord.

In 2009 and 2010, the church embarked on the Year of Outreach – a time to Build Up and Reach Out as a Community. With God’s strength, members sought to invite others to receive God’s love and be a part of His community.

The theme for 2011 was Growing Deeper in Christ, “that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:17). God anchored the church in a loving and intimate relationship with Him; tuned our ears to listen to His voice deepen our trust and faith in Him, and do all things through Him.

In 2012, it was the Year of Becoming. The focus was on following Christ and “Be an Asset” for Him. The key verse – “I will follow Christ wherever I go” (Luke 9:57) – resonated within the hearts of the congregation as individuals and as a community.

For 2013, the church focused on the Great Command: “Loving God with our heart, soul and mind.” Mt.22:37. Jesus had set the supreme example. To love God in the same spirit, members followed Jesus’ devotion and life example by asking, “What would Jesus do?” BMC responded by organising programs and events to reach out to the various communities in Singapore and many went to mission trips overseas.

The year 2014 saw the Year of the New Command: That the World May Know (John 13:34-35). BMC walked in love and grew as disciples of Christ; and testified about God breaking down walls of division to bring about greater unity within the church.

In 2015, BMC’s vision became “To be disciples of Jesus Christ”. It was also the Year of the Great Commission: I Will Pray, I Will Bring, I Will Tell, where church members fulfilled the great commission of being disciples of Christ, obedient to His word (Matthew 28:19-20). Many went out to the neighbouring countries to bring the good news to the lost.

BMC turns 70 in 2016! Several events and programmes were organised throughout the year to celebrate God’s goodness and faithfulness to BMC. It is also the Year of Multiplication: Deeply Rooted, Bearing Fruit; where members will learn to soak in His word so as to bear fruit and multiply their good works.

In 2017, BMC continues to wait upon His goodness and faithfulness to the current and future generations.

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