To be Christ-centred, in enabling the disadvantaged and distressed to have life to the full.
R Respect worth and dignity of people
U Uncompromising Integrity
S Service before Self
S Sound Governance
Winner of Charity Governance Award 2014 (Large Category)
Winner of Non-Profit Organisation of the Year Award 2010 (Philanthropy Management)
The seed for the formation of Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) was sown by Mr Peter Joe Chia in June 1976 with an editorial in Methodist Message. It bore fruit in 1977 when the board of social concerns of the Trinity Annual Conference, under the leadership of Mr Lee Liat Cheng, appointed Dr Chia Lin Sien to draft a constitution for its formation. This was subsequently presented to the Council of Christian Social Concerns in September 1980 for further action.
A pro-tem committee under the leadership of Mr Richard Tambyah, the chairman of the Council of Christian Social Concerns, was formed to register MWS under the Societies Act. Registration was then approved in October 1981.
1980 - 1985
1980 A pro-tem committee for MWS was formed to draft the MWS Constitution.
1981 Constitution was adopted by the General Conference Executive Committee of the Methodist Church. Registration of MWS was approved by the Registrar of Societies.
1982 The MWS inaugural General Meeting was held.
1983 MWS first home, The Methodist Home for the Aged Sick, was completed and 24 residents were admitted.
1984 The Methodist Home for the Aged Sick officially opened.
1985 The Bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore was invited to be the Patron of MWS.
1986 - 1990
1986 The first presentation of Bursary Awards to needy students took place.
1987 MWS first joint project—Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre—began with Kampong Kapor Methodist Church
1988 To increase the capacity to 40 residents, the Methodist Home for the Aged Sick underwent an extension.
1989 The first MWS Charity Golf Tournament that brought Methodist golfers together was convened by Barker Road Methodist Church.
1990 MWS, together with the Council on Christian Social Concerns, formed Agape Fellowship to promote the hospice ministry in Methodist churches. The work grew from training and development of hospice volunteers to an active ministry of caring for those with advanced illnesses in their homes.
1991 - 1996
1992 The second family service centre, Tampines Family Service Centre, was jointly set up by MWS and Tampines Methodist Church. (MWS is now partnered with Pentecost Methodist Church)
1993 The Bukit Batok Senior Citizens Activity Centre, a joint project with the Bukit Panjang Methodist Church, began operations. Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre started operations.
1994 Charis Student Care Centre, a joint project with Charis Methodist Church, opened.
1995 The Agape Fellowship was renamed Methodist Hospice Fellowship and became an affiliate member of the Singapore Hospice Fellowship. Kampong Kapor Family Centre moved to bigger premises in October.
1996 Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Paya Lebar Methodist Church and Christ Methodist Church for two new projects-Covenant Family Service Centre and Christalite Methodist Home respectively. Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre officially opened in its new premises. The Bukit Batok Senior Citizens Activity Centre was renamed Kang Ning Centre for the Elderly. Bursary Awards were administered to needy school children. MWS became the social concerns arm of the Methodist Church in Singapore.
1997 Covenant Family Service Centre moved into new premises in March. Christalite Methodist Home officially opened in July.
1998 Braddell Student Care Centre, a before- and after-school care centre was set up at Braddell Primary School, in collaboration with Toa Payoh Methodist Church. In March, MWS and Yishun Methodist Mission, the preaching point of Hinghwa Methodist Church, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly run a new family service centre—Daybreak Family Service Centre. Charis Student Care Centre was transferred back to Charis Methodist Church.
The first MWS Soccer Tournament was organised to create awareness of social concerns and provide an outreach opportunity for the Methodist youth.
1999 The first MWS Bowling Tournament convened by Christ Methodist Church was organised in May. MWS and Barker Road Methodist Church signed a Memorandum of Understanding to run Methodist Family Service Centre. MWS and Hinghwa Methodist Church signed a Memorandum of Understanding on D'Joy Children's Centre in July.
The Methodist Family Service Centre and D'Joy Children's Centre began operations on 1 August. Daybreak Family Service Centre was officially opened on 25 November. President S. R. Nathan presented the "Special Friends" Award to the Reflexology Group from Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre on 9 December.
2000 The Methodist Family Service Centre was renamed the Methodist Children & Youth Centre to better reflect the programmes and activities of the centre.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Wesley Methodist Church for the Wesley HomeJoy Service, a home help service.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Covenant Community Methodist Church for Sembawang Family Service Centre.
D’Joy Children’s Centre officially opened.
Bethany Methodist Nursing home, with the capacity to house over 200 residents, was completed in Choa Chu Kang. Residents from the Methodist Home for the Aged Sick were transferred to the new facility.
MWS began to run Daybreak Family Service Centre independently.
2003 The Learning Centre at the Methodist Children & Youth Centre was launched to help intellectually-disadvantaged children with mild learning difficulties.
The MWS Psychological Assessment and Referral Service was launched to assist parents seeking information and help concerning their children's learning and development.
The President's Certificate of Commendation at the Special Investiture of the 2003 National Day Awards for Overcoming SARS was presented to MWS.
2005 Bethany Methodist Nursing Home became a recipient of President's Challenge 2005
2006 MWS' first conference, "A Christian's Response to Addiction", was organised to address concerns on the negative effects of casinos.
MWS HQ organised the MWS Family Health Fun Fair in November as a way of giving back to society for the blessings and support received.
2009 - 2011
2009 Methodist Children & Youth Centre went independent in April.
2010 MWS was the administrator for the MCS' 125th Anniversary Community Outreach Project. In partnership with Wesley Methodist Church, the Wesley Seniors Activity Centre was set up. MWS was awarded the "Non-ProfitOrganisation of the Year Award (Philanthropy Management) 2010" by the National Volunteerism and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC).
2011 Together with Changi Methodist Church, MWS set up FamilyWorks Community Services to meet the needs of people in Punggol. MWS celebrated 30 years of caring and serving the needy with a Thanksgiving Dinner for supportive Methodists in October.
General Conference Women's Society of Christian Service and MWS partnered to set up a Girls' Hostel for troubled teens girls.
2011 - 2015
2011 Partnered General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service to set up Residence @ St George’s.
2012 Partnered Charis MC to set up Charis ACE.
2014 Awarded the Charity Governance Award (Large Category) by the Charity Council.
2015 Launched MWS HomeJoy, providing home-based ensuite service to frail older persons.