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The Alpha Marriage Course

What is the Marriage Course? The Marriage Course (TMC) is a fun, enriching and very practical course for married couples. The setting of the course encourages the couples to be in each other’s exclusive company, listening together and having private discussions without the need to disclose anything about their relationship to anyone else. Most importantly it provides couples with tools to build a strong and healthy marriage that last a lifetime. Over eight evenings spent together, you will learn practical tools in: Building Strong Foundations The Art of Communication Resolving conflicts The Power of Forgiveness The Impact of Family – past and present Good Sex Love in Action What Makes Marriage Work Who is it for? TMC is for any married couples who want to enhance and revitalize their marriage and wish to enjoy exclusive time by themselves who are at a challenging stage in their marriage, e.g. the birth of a child, a career change, teenagers at home, the empty nest and want to revitalize their spousal relationship who are struggling with issues in their marriages who want to learn how to be of help to other courting or married couples The course, whilst based on Christian principles, is very helpful for Christian or non-Christians alike, troubled or stable marriages. What is Involved? Every session begins with high-tea. The welcoming and romantic ambience sets the stage for a Video Talk within which period the delightful speakers (Nick and Sila Lee) would provide opportunities for couples to discuss the guided questions presented in the manual. The course culminates in a heartening Couples Night. A team of support couples are on hand to assist the participants if so required. What people say about The Marriage Course?  All married couples really MUST go for this! . . . withing just two sessions we are seeing changes in our marriage. (A & DC) We can actually see the glow in the couples who have done TMC and we are waiting to see the same in ours as we continue on in the course. (Anonymous) TMC is an enriching experience! It is simply superb! We are so blessed! (LK & HS) Excellent work by TMC helpers. TMC helped our marriage grow in most remarkable way. (Anonymous, married 6 yrs) TMC is an eye opener. It helped us confront “issues” and not “each other”. (Anonymous, married 25 yrs)

The Alpha Course

What is Alpha? The Alpha course is an opportunity for Malaysians to explore the meaning of life from a Christian perspective. Over 17 million people worldwide have now attended an Alpha course. In Malaysia, thousands of people have attended courses in hundreds of locations across the country. Alpha runs in hundreds of churches throughout the country as well as in homes, schools, national service camps, workplaces, homes for the elderly and prisons. It takes place over ten weekly sessions, and also includes a weekend away. Each week begins with a meal, tea or coffee with the other guests and the hosts of the course. People attend for a variety of reasons. Some want to investigate the concept of God from a Christian perspective; others want to know if there is a point to life; others may have attended church their whole life, but have never really understood Christianity. The Talks There are 15 talks on the Alpha course, which are given over the ten weeks of the course and the weekend away. Each talk covers key areas of the Christian faith, and small group discussion takes place after each talk. Is there More to Life than This? Who is Jesus? Why did Jesus Die? How can we have Faith? Why and how do I Pray? Why and how should I Read the Bible? How does God Guide us? Who is the Holy Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do? How can I be Filled with the Holy Spirit? How can I Resist Evil? Why and how should I tell Others? Does God Heal Today? What about the Church? How can I Make the Most of the Rest of my Life? The Alpha course is free, by the way. Though you may be invited to make a voluntary contribution towards food.

Small Group

- By Eric Yee, The Theme for years 2012 to 2015 is Growing Roots, and Bearing Fruits (2 Kings 19:31 & Isaiah 37:31) God’s Vision on Earth:  His Glory – Worship God – Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is God (Rom 14:11) Jesus Mission on Earth: Love God Love people (Mat. 28: 19-20)  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them all that I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” The Small Group Vision – ( 2 E’s) EDIFICATION– (Inwards) The Small Group must encourage, help, care and minister to each other in order to grow in Christ. Roman 14:19 - “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to Mutual Edification.” EVANGELISM – (outwards) The small Group must go and multiply by reaching out to others. We must invite non Christian friends and relatives to join our Small Groups. It is easier to evangelize to friends in home setting than to bring them to Church. Small Group Weekly Meeting - (The 4 W’s) Welcome (10 minutes) An Ice-breaker is indispensable because it promotes group community as well as opens up the members to sharing. Worship  (10 - 20 minutes) Word       (45 – 60 minutes) We are to edify (build up, strengthen) one another. Works      (20 – 30 minutes) After the lesson, the group focuses again on prayer and vision. The prime purpose of all Christian community is to glorify our Lord and God.  He is not there to be used but to be worship and obeyed.  Our primary function is not to serve each other but to serve God. Our Small Groups: Faith Small Group Eirene Small Group Joy Small Group Rock Small Group Life Small Group Genesis One Small Group Charis Small Group Agathos Small Group Shalom Small Group Eagles Small Group Hope Small Group

Methodist Seniors Fellowship (MSF)

The Methodist Seniors Fellowship is an organisation set up to serve the seniors of the church. The MSF Local Chapter of JB Wesley was formed in 2010. At present we have eighty – seven registered members. There are two kinds of  members Full members are those who are registered members of the local church and must be 50 years and above at the time of joining. Associate members are spouses of full members who are below the age of 50 years. Friends of the church who are 50 years and above can be accepted as associate members. All applications for membership must be approved by the Management Committee. The Aims and Objectives of the Local MSF Chapter To provide and enhance the Christian Fellowship for all senior members of the congregation as well as their friends so as to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviours. To share love, care, share concern and bring about a sense of belonging with one another. To organise activities for the mental, physical and spiritual benefit and well – being of the members. To use the MSF as an avenue for Evangelism and Social Work. To tap resources from the wealth of knowledge and experience of senior members of the congregation in fulfilling the total mission of the Methodist Church. To hold talks, discussions etc, beneficial to the members. To organise tours and activities of interest. These are some of our monthly activities Our monthly fellowship gatherings are held on Thursday from 10am to 12.30 pm We begin each session with a time of Praise @ Worship, sharing or bible quiz. This is usually followed by a talk, board game or singalong session. Besides the above we also organise tours to places of interest locally or overseas. Our ukulele group meet fortnightly on Wednesdays for jam sessions. For further details please contact: Michael @ 0127953149 or Oileen @ 0127959983

Youth Connection

- By Mr Calvin Choong, A place where the young and young at heart connect with one another, make new friends but above all, connect with God. Housed in JB Wesley Methodist Church, the Youth Connection or YC for short meets every Saturday right after the English service. We will have Lunch together  followed by worship sessions  and a particular activity for the week. What activity you may ask ? Well, we’re youths. Vibrant, energetic, cheerful, outgoing, and welcoming! We like having fun but we like to learn too. Among the activities we do on a regular basis are: Bible study because all play and no work makes jack a dull boy. And  cause we want to learn more about God the Almighty. Sports outings. From futsal and basketball at the nearby Serene park court to badminton at Tiara Club and bowling at Leisure Mall, we have just the sport you enjoy. Worship sessions. Our youths play the piano, guitar, electric guitar, bass and the drums. And hey, if you’re interested in picking up an instrument, feel free to approach any of our friendly worship team members. Movie day. We watch Christian movies and also movies that teach us lessons. (popcorn included) Visitations. We make visits to orphanages and old folk’s homes to spend time with the residents there to worship with them, play games and to make them feel loved! Apart from these activities, the Youth Connection has held its very own camps such as the Forgiveness Is Sure Happiness (FISH) camp as well as having conducted Youth Alpha. We also attend various conferences, seminars and also camps held by our very own Trinity Annual Conference (TRAC) Board of Youth Work.  Among the camps are Youth Quake (held every 4 years) and Youth Leadership Development Program (YLDP) held every year. So come on down and join us. We will be ever willing to welcome you into our big family of brothers and sisters in Christ. Connect with us. Connect with God. God Bless. The Youth Connection.

Wesley Methodist Kindergarten

- By Janice Choong, Wesley Methodist Kindergarten, Johor Bahru (SRJ/354) Download: Kindergarten Flyer Established since 1984, the Kindergarten is wholly owned and subsidized by Wesley Methodist Church, Johor Bahru. At Wesley Methodist Kindergarten Johor Bahru, our mission is : to develop the whole child intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically. to provide enjoyable , meaningful learning experiences within a conducive environment. We believe learning should be fun and learning through play is essential. The Kindergarten incorporates a holistic and integrated curriculum which complies with the National Pre-School Curriculum Standard by the Ministry of Education Malaysia. Each child is very special in his/her own way of learning and their pace of learning varies from each individual. Our teachers who possess passion and love for children will help to nurture each child to his/her fullest potential. We also believe that parents are important in their children’s learning progress.  We encourage parents to participate in all activities organized by the kindergarten so that the children and their parents can have a special bond.


The Mission Ministry – Wesley Methodist Church Johor Bahru (JB Wesley) The Mission Committee comprise: Bro Victor Lim (Chairperson); Rev Shearn Sya; Pastor Lester Lim; Bro Wee Fang Peng; Sis Nancy Kee; Bro Chua Hong Koon. JB Wesley allocates more than 20% of its total funds for Mission Works annually. The funds are in support of mission ministries within Malaysia and also of overseas mission ministries. The local ministry works we support include: (1) the Indigenous - church premise rental, training needs of kindergarten teachers and of indigenous pastors; (2) towards the personal needs of evangelists include indigenous; and (3) general fund needs of missionaries, seminary/bible schools. The overseas missionaries/ministries we support include China, Mae Sai, Thailand and Tana River Life Foundation in Kenya. We also coordinate funds received from church members to support students’ hostel fees of indigenous children/students in Malaysia. Isaiah 44:3 “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.” We praise and thank God for the provision annually and pray for His continual blessing and providence to enable us to reach those in need, those marginalized who are children of God and those yet to be reached where He may lead us. Victor Lim – Chairperson 2017