To enrich the quality of life for the disadvantaged and distressed, through integrated and holistic services in partnership
with Methodist churches and the community.
Rev Dr Gordon Wong
Bishop – The Methodist Church of Singapore
Patron – Methodist Welfare Services
I was recently asked what I felt was the best thing about being Bishop. On the spot, I couldn’t think of a meaningful answer, so I quipped, “I don’t know because I’ve been a Bishop for only a few months, and I am sure The Best Is Yet To Be!” (My apologies to those who do not appreciate my alma mater.)
But, at the risk of offending many other wonderful groups that are also linked to the Bishop’s Office, I think that one of the best things is the humbling honour of the title Patron of our Methodist Welfare Services. Our vision at MWS is “To be Christ-centred, in enabling the disadvantaged and distressed to have life to the full.”
To convey love and kindness to the disadvantaged and distressed is certainly the centre of Christ’s teaching in the Scriptures. He said that the most important thing in all the Bible is to love God and love your neighbour. And when he was asked “Who is my neighbour?” he described someone who was injured and abandoned on the street. In other words, Jesus defined our neighbour as anyone who is disadvantaged and distressed. MWS, and all social concerns ministries, help to fulfil what Jesus said is the greatest commandment: Loving God and Loving our Neighbour.
Our mission at MWS is “To enrich the quality of life for the disadvantaged and distressed, through integrated and holistic services in partnership with
Methodist churches and the community.”
40 years ago, The Methodist Church in Singapore gave birth to our Methodist
Welfare Services. It is my hope that this partnership will grow even stronger in
the years ahead. After all, we share the same commission to fulfil what Christ
says is the most important thing: Love God By Loving Our Neighbour.
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