My Journey of Faith at Trinity Methodist Church My journey through Trinity Methodist Church spans over 40 years. I began my journey at TMC in the 60s during the time of the late Rev Chew Hock Hin. My mother sometimes brought my two sisters and I to TMC, and other times to Christ Methodist Church and Geylang Methodist Church. When I was a teenager, I was baptised at TMC by the late Rev Chew. One day, my younger sister, Patricia, and I found ourselves taking part in the meetings of the Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF). We became regulars at MYF meetings and bible studies. I suppose we kept attending the meetings because we felt there was this sense of bonding or comradeship among the various members of the group like Lee Park Ming, Lee Pak Lin, Violet Gail and Clifton Tan, Noel, Benjamin and Anna Goh, Tuck Chee, Kenneth Pang and Lim Choo Siang etc.
Violet (circled) at a 1970s camp 28
by Violet Khor
In the mid-70s, I found myself being elected as the President of the MYF. We held our meetings and bible studies at the site now occupied by the Prayer Chapel. The youths at that time held strongly to the spirit of “We Can”, “We Will”, “Never Say Die”. We believed that the MYF meetings were not only for the youths of TMC but should include the youths of the neighbourhood. So we started the coffee place to attract the youths in Serangoon Gardens to come to have a cup of coffee. This also created an opportunity for us to befriend them. We also put up Christmas pageants outside TMC along Serangoon Garden Way in the month of December. Basketball games and tae kwan do were other activities we organised to attract youths in the neighbourhood to join us. The MYFers had a strong affinity for the church and its building and were zealous to help in its maintenance. I think we took it upon ourselves to be the cleaning squad because the church then had no maintenance person or company to do the work as it does now.
Violet (standing) leading an MYF meeting (1970 circa)