The Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Little India, Singapore


Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Little India, Singapore

The Kampong Kapor Methodist Church was founded on 25th January 1894. The Kampong Kapor Methodist Church is located at the corner of Cuff Road and Kampong Kapor Road in Little India. It was the first Peranakan Church and the fourth Methodist Church in Singapore. In the beginning, the congregation comprised 25 girls from the mission hostel, boys from Epworth Home and Malay-speaking Christian workers from Mission Press as well as 2 missionaries. On 25 January 1894, this little group moved to “The Christian Institute” at 155 Middle Road to function as a church, sharing the premises with the Methodist Girls’ School.

By the late 1920s, the church had outgrown, imposing a need to shift to a fresh location. Land was bought at Kampong Kapor Road and the new church building was built there. The building was completed in 1930 in the Art Deco Style and was named the Straits Chinese Methodist Church (Bickley Memorial), reflect to be a sign of the mostly Chinese membership of the church as well as its Peranakan characteristic, and also to recognize the fact that funds for its construction amounting to $50,000 came from the family and friends of Bishop Bickley. In 1957, the church was renamed Kampong Kapor Methodist Church.

Interior – The Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Singapore

Today Kampong Kapor Methodist Church has a membership of a thousand in its congregation, divided into six services, three in English, one in Peranakan, one in Mandarin and one in Tamil.

Timeline

  1. 1890 : Sophia Blackmore begins Malay-language Sunday worship services.
  2. 1894 : The Malay Church was inaugurated at Middle Road.
  3. 1930 : New church building at Kampong Kapor is officially dedicated.
  4. 1937 : Traditional pipe organ is installed in the church.
  5. 1957 : Name of church changed to Kampong Kapor Methodist Church (Bishop Bickley Memorial).
  6. 1989 : The Urban Redevelopment Authority awards the church conservation status.
  7. 2000 : Former church building at Middle Road, now Sculpture Square, is declared a historic site by the National Heritage Board.

English Service

  • 8.00   am         Traditional worship service with hymns sung accompanied by the pipe organ.
  • 9.30   am         This traditional worship service is enhanced by a choir
  • 11.30 am         Contemporary worship songs led by a music band.

Peranakan Service

  • 11.00 am         Held in the Chapel on Level 3 for Peranakan and Bahasa Indonesia speakers.

Mandarin Service

  • 2.00 pm          The Mandarin congregation is multi-generational and its members often continue to fellowship over refreshments together after service.

Tamil  Service

  • 5.30 pm          Our Tamil congregation serves both residents and the migrant workers.
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2 thoughts on “The Kampong Kapor Methodist Church, Little India, Singapore

  1. Dear,Church
    Greetings in Jesus’ name. I am Bishop I. Paul from Pak Methodist Church, Lahore, Pakistan. Dear The Executive Board of The Methodist Church is registered here in Pakistan from 1950 and in 1947 Pakistan was separated from Hindustan. Pak Methodist Church is the new name of The Executive Board of The Methodist Church. We are working independently from 1970 and in a country like Pakistan it’s very tough to work because we are minorities in Pakistan.

    I have visited your website and saw your work, it is really good and I really appriciate your work. Me and my team will pray for you all and May he bless us with a chance to work together for the poor people of Pakistan.

    God Bless you. I will be waiting for your kind reply.

  2. Greetings you in the name our lord saviour Jesus Christ. This is pastor sanjay lawrence from India Director of Sahara Inland Mission nagpur city India.It is my pleasure to inform you that my friend Santosh Garte visited your church service in 2011 and he was moved in the spirit ,he was blessed so he has informed and share about your school and your ongoing ministry. Of course I feel to contact with your church. We are in need of your partnering with my orphanage ministry; so I am looking ahead to get your ministry partnering with us to build the lives of poor and orphans.
    Therefore I am looking your appointment to share the ministry face to face, please give me your appointment date so that I can come and share the burden with you and the church.

    Yours in Christ service
    Pastor Sanjay Lawrence
    India

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