The Year of Jubilee

Toa Payoh Methodist Church celebrates her 50th Anniversary in 2020.

In the Old Testament, every 50th year from the Israelites’ settlement in the Promised Land was set by God for them to observe as the Jubilee (Leviticus Chap 25). It reminded them that God had indeed saved them out of slavery in Egypt and brought them into the Promised Land – to be a people belonging to God.

What the Exodus was for the Israelites, the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ is for us – the defining event that revealed to us who God is, who we are to him, and what his will is for us. In Christ, the ideas that the Jubilee signify become spiritually true for the Church as the New Covenant-al people of God.

So on this our first Jubilee, let us celebrate our 50 years of being God’s people – of having been saved by God through Christ, brought into his kingdom and built up as his people. And let us recommit ourselves to living as God’s people, authentically loving God, one another and our neighbours. We pray that the Jubilee Fund project and the other Jubilee events will help us as a church to do this and celebrate our Jubilee meaningfully this year.

50 years as God’s people.
Thanks be to God and to him be all the glory!

Leaders' Messages

Happy 50th TPMC! As we enter into our 50th year of existence, we enter also into a year of celebration.

However, simply focusing on celebration would I believe, lessen the significance of the 50th. Because we do not just want to focus on the now, but also to remember the past and anticipate the future.

At this milestone in our existence, remembering the past in how and why God placed us where He has placed us; remembering how He has led us through the years and what He has accomplished through us, just causes the 50th and therefore the celebration to be more meaningful.

But we also have to have an eye on the future. An eye anticipating what God wants to do through and with us. Surely celebrating the 50th isn’t the end point of TPMC but a part of our journey. And surely, our goal isn’t just to make it through another 50 years. Our goal rather, is to ensure that we continue to do what He calls us to do for as long as He sees fit for us to do so.

And so, once again, Happy 50th TPMC! May we celebrate the now, remember the past and anticipate the future as one and with God.

"Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago" Warren Buffet.

As we enter our 50th year of encountering God in TPMC as a body, we are reminded of and are thankful for God's faithfulness in raising generations of faithful brothers and sisters. They have heard His calling and have decided to invest their lives in the community here; both clergy and laity, despite challenging circumstances. We now enjoy the comfort of modern church facilities while seeing fruits of authentic followers of Jesus and growing ministries. Thank you TPMC for the selfless giving of yourselves in service of love.

In the midst of disruptive changes today, it calls for us to rethink how to invest ourselves in this community further, both inside and outside the church walls, so that our generations to come may continue to encounter God and "sit in the shade" of God's faithfulness through us. Happy 50th!

This year marks our celebration of TPMC’s Golden Jubilee. The Golden Jubilee usually refers to the 50th anniversary of an event, and this year, we mark the 50 years since TPMC was founded. But the Golden Jubilee is more than just a marker of the passage of time. In Leviticus 25:8, the Year of Jubilee refers to the year after seven cycles of seven years (49 years). This 50th year is meant to be a time of celebration and rejoicing, but it is also noteworthy to know that the Year of Jubilee marks a release from indebtedness, and liberty is to be proclaimed throughout the land. In this year of TPMC’s Golden Jubilee, as we celebrate this milestone with food, fellowship, and fun among friends and with the wider Toa Payoh community, let’s also remember to proclaim the liberty upon us because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross. Done for our sakes. Done out of love. Done.

Jubilee Events

TPMC will be organising a series of events in 2020 to celebrate our Jubilee and as God’s people to live out our vision of Encounter to Love – Love God; Love one another; Love our neighbours. Click on the events to find out more.

APR
Easter Sunday

TPMC Gives [Easter Event on 11 and 12 Apr] – TPMC Gives offers the church the opportunity to remember what Jesus did and to mobilise TPMC to serve and connect with the community within Toa Payoh through the acts of bread distribution (11 Apr) and a blood donation drive (12 Apr).

JUN
Church Camp

Church Camp at Radisson Golf and Convention Center – Batam from 12 to 15 June. The 2020 church camp is titled TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves Miracles) where as God’s People, we come together as an authentic community in fellowship and be inspired to live out our vision in a BIG way in Toa Payoh and beyond. Invited speakers include Pastor Yang Tuck Yoong from Cornerstone Community Church and Mr Joseph Chean, National Director of Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

AUG
Anniversary Service

The 50th Anniversary Combined Service will be held on 16 Aug. More details will be released closer to the date.

SEP
Anniversary Dinner

50th Anniversary Dinner will be held on 11 Sep. More details will be released closer to the date.

NOV
TRAC Conference

Toa Payoh Methodist Church will host the 45th Session of the Trinity Annual Conference from 23 to 26 Nov.

DEC
Light of Christmas

Light of Christmas 2020 on 19 and 20 Dec – TPMC’s signature community event to share God’s love and to bring in the Christmas cheer to Toa Payoh.

Jubilee Fund

The Jubilee Fund is created to fund new initiatives in our outreach efforts to impact the Toa Payoh community and our overseas mission fields. Learn more about what these initiatives are in the Q and A section. We thank you for your generosity.

We are aiming for a faith target of $500,000.

The Jubilee Fund will enable us to fund the following initiatives:

  1. To expand our ability to help more poor and needy families from the current 25 families to 50 families for the next 5 years.
  2. To support the Rough Sleepers Ministry (Night Shelter for the Homeless) in TPMC for next 5 years.
  3. To plant 2 churches in Southeast Asia for 5 years. After 5 years, these 2 churches should be financially independent. Mittaphap Methodist Church in Shan, Thailand is the first church started late 2019 through our missionary Angela Sng.
  4. To bless a Bible School or a Seminary with a one off donation in support of their mission to raise the next generation of Christian leaders and teachers.

No, the Jubilee Fund will be used solely for the initiatives to enhance TPMC’s outreach efforts. There is a separate budget for the organisation of the 50th Anniversary events.

We will start collections for the Jubilee fund from January 2020 for 12 months.

We accept contributions via Cash, Cheque or Electronic Payments.

By Cash

  • Place the cash into an envelope and indicate 'Jubilee Fund' and the amount clearly on the envelope.
  • Drop the envelope into the offering bag.

By Cheque

  • Made payable to 'Toa Payoh Methodist Church' and indicate 'Jubilee Fund' clearly on the reverse side of the cheque.
    Drop the cheque into the offering bag or mail it to the church office.
    Address: Toa Payoh Methodist Church
    480 Lorong 2 Toa Payoh
    Singapore 319641

Electronic Payment

  1. By Bank transfer (DBS A/C No. 005-011970-7)
    • Select to make a one-time transfer and indicate 'Jubilee Fund' as reference for this fund transfer.
  2. By PayNow to UEN no. S87CC0509J2JB or QR Code:
    • In the UEN / Bill Reference No. section, indicate ‘Jubilee Fund’.

A piggy bank has been issued to every child in the Children Ministry. Your child may save into the piggy bank. Mass collection of the savings from the piggy banks will be conducted at the courtyard after the respective service on the 1st Sunday of the following months in 2020: Jan, Apr and Jul 2020. After handing in the savings, your child/ ward may keep the piggy bank or continue to save towards the Jubilee Fund.

Anniversary Polo T-shirt

50th Anniversary Polo T-shirt in Men’s, Women’s and Children’s sizes. Available from April 2020 onwards.

Registration for T-shirt sizes will be held throughout the month of January 2020. Polo T-shirt sample sizes will be available for trying on Sundays at the courtyard during the registration period. Members are encouraged to submit the online registration form via the following link:
https://tinyurl.com/AnniversaryPolo.

Men’s Polo T-shirt Measurement (inches)

Size Chest (A) Length (B) Shoulder (C) Sleeve (D)
XS 18 26 16 7
S 19 27 16.5 8.5
M 20 28 17 9
L 21 29 17.5 9
XL 22 30 18 9.25
XXL 23.5 31 18.5 9.25
XXXL 24.5 31 19 9.5
XXXXL 25 31.5 19.5 9.5

Ladies’ Polo T-shirt Measurement (inches)

Size Chest (A) Length (B) Shoulder (C) Sleeve (D)
XS 16 22 13.5 5.25
S 17.5 23 14 5.5
M 18 24 14.5 5.75
L 19 25 15 6
XL 20.5 26 15.5 6.25
XXL 21.5 27 16 6.5

Kids’ Polo T-shirt Measurement (inches)

Size Chest (A) Length (B) Shoulder (C) Sleeve (D)
22 11 15.5 10 4 1/8
24 12 16.5 10.5 4 3/8
26 13 18 11 4 5/8
28 14 19 12 5 1/8
30 15 20.5 13 5 5/8
32 16 22 14 6 1/8