Peninsula Evengelical Free Church had its first official service on Sunday October 11 1987 at the Crystal Ballroom, Peninsula Hotel. Our church had a humble beginning. It started without a Pastor. Preaching of God’s words were given by guests speakers each Sunday. Nevertheless, the church grew and the Crystall Ballroom was filled to capacity. I remembered the back partitioned wall was moved backwards to make space for the worshippers. In 1988 a young couple got married at the church.
In February 1989, God sent Pastor Ong Seow Heng to shepherd His sheep. The congregation welcomed him and gave him much encouragement. The elders and deacons worked closely with him. In his own words “…………my ministry is strengthened by this group of dedicated and committed people God has given me to work alongside with.”
Pastor Ong Seow Heng
After the church service we had fellowships outside the sanctuary. There were coffee, tea and cakes for all. There were many baptisms including my family.
Crystal Ballroom Peninsula Hotel
On August 5 1990 the church moved to Ebenezer Chapel at Dempsy Hill (39C Harding Road). It was an old chapel with wide open space outside the building. I liked the fresh air with plenty of greenery. There was a church wedding in 1991.
The church building is on the left background
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The church next home was the Methodist Girls School auditorium at Upper Bukit Timah Road. It was a quiet place on Sunday with ample parking lots and a canteen with large refreshment area for fellowships, discussions and other activities. I remembered a young couple from China who came to our church got married there. Alice Rogers, Magdelene Ng, Katherine Cox and many others helped them to make their marriage a memorable one. There were flower arrangements, buntings, decorations, buffet lunch etc. Soon after they left for US to further their studies.
East Care Group
The church had four cell groups in different part of the island. I was in the East Care Group (ECG). Majority of our members lived in the east with a few exception. We met regularly for bible studies and was very close to each other. Two young mothers got their first born child and experienced mother went to assist. ECG organised their own retreat in Malaysia in addition to our church camp.
Here are some pictures of the church camp as well as ECG retreat in Malaysia.
Genting View Resort 1994
Meleka Park Plaza Resort 1995
Fraser's Hill 1996
East Care Group Retreat
Tanjong Puteri Golf Resort Johor
Century Mahkota Resort Malacca
One of the church's memorable event was Easter Sunrise Service and pot luck at East Coast Park. Having church service in the open air and by the sea was a blessing. Many believers got their baptism by immersion. Every year we looked forward to Easter. All good things never last forever. The authority stopped giving permits for such gathering.
Easter Sunrise Service on Good Friday 24 March 1989
East Coast Park
Another memorable event was celebrating Christmas eve at the American International School. We sang Christmas hymns followed by skits depicting the birth of Christ from the children.
Christmas dinner was catered by the school chef. We had traditional roast turkey with chestnut stuffing, honey baked ham, cranberry sauce, log cakes and many more yummy items.
Christmas eve bulletin cover
Christmas eve bulletin cover
Worship bullutin for Christmas eve
Christmas Eve Celebration 1990
American School at King's Road
Above pictures were taken more than 20 years ago. Small boys and girls then are now young adults. Tony and Lay were not married during PEFC early days. Now they are grand-parents. Time and tide wait for no man.
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