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HISTORY OF KMC


"The Methodist Church claims and cherishes its place in the Holy Catholic Church which is the Body of Christ. It rejoices in the inheritance of the Apostolic Faith, and loyally accepts the fundamental principles of the historic creeds and of the Protestant Reformation. It ever remembers that in the Providence of God Methodism was raised up to spread Scriptural Holiness throughout the land by the proclamation of the Evangelical Faith and declares its unfaltering resolve to be true to its Divinely appointed mission.


Obedient to the call of God Rev Dr Thomas Coke set out with a band of Methodist missionaries set out from Great Britain. While Dr Coke himself died on the way, his partners reached Weligama in southern Sri Lanka on June 29 1814, thus starting the Methodist movement in Sri Lanka.

The precursor to KMC was the worship held in the Colpetty School in the early 19th century, which was licensed as a place of worship. A small chapel was built in 1854. Following the founding of Methodist College in 1866, the Kollupitiya Methodist Church was opened on July 10, 1896 at a dedication service, at which Rev. Samuel Langdon preached from 1 Peter 2:4-5:

"To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." (KJV)

The next day was held the first Sinhala service, at which Rev. Anthony Mendis preached on Romans 1:16:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (KJV)

The Lord has led KMC faithfully since 1896. Many missionaries from UK and Ireland served faithfully at KMC, among them Revds. James Darrell, E. Rowton-Lee, Dennis Lansdown, Robert Nelson, George Good, Arnold Cooper and Norman Taggart, and in more recent times over shorter periods Rev. Stephen Skuce, Rev. David Palmer and Rev. Angleena Keizer.

KMC is today regarded by some as the cathedral of Sri Lankan Methodism. The annual conference service, as well as services of ordination of ministers and commissioning of evangelists are held most often at KMC . Flanked on either side by the Methodist Headquarters and Methodist College, KMC occupies a central place in Methodism in Sri Lanka.

The Sinhala congregation traces its roots back to 1824. Having been the smallest congregation in KMC, it has recorded remarkable growth over the last few years.

The Tamil congregation began in 1872 as part of the Jampettah circuit, and became a part of KMC in 1945. From humble beginnings of 5 members it has grown rapidly over the last couple of decades.

WHAT WE BELIEVE


"The Methodist Church claims and cherishes its place in the Holy Catholic Church which is the Body of Christ. It rejoices in the inheritance of the Apostolic Faith, and loyally accepts the fundamental principles of the historic creeds and of the Protestant Reformation. It ever remembers that in the Providence of God Methodism was raised up to spread Scriptural Holiness throughout the land by the proclamation of the Evangelical Faith and declares its unfaltering resolve to be true to its Divinely appointed mission.


"The Doctrines of the Evangelical Faith which Methodism has held from the beginning and still holds are based upon the Divine revelation recorded in Holy Scriptures. The Methodist Church acknowledges this revelation as the supreme rule of faith and practice." (Taken from the Deed of Foundation of the Methodist Church of Ceylon, 18 June 1964, and the Deed of Church Order of the Methodist Church, Sri Lanka).

THE NICENE CREED


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father. Through Him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation. He came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. For our sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried. On the third day He rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
Who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son He is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

THE FOUR UNIVERSALS (4 'ALL'S) OF METHODISM



1. All need to be saved: the doctrine of Universal Sin (Romans 3:23)
2. All can be saved: the doctrine of Universal Salvation (John 3:16 - "... whoever believes in Him..." This is not to be confused with the doctrine of universalism, i.e. all will be saved, which is NOT a Methodist belief).
3. All can know that they are saved: the doctrine of Assurance
4. All can be saved to the uttermost: the doctrine of Sanctification or Perfect Love.

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