2.  Writing Your Spiritual Legacy

Dates:         Apr 27; May 4, 11, 25; June 1, 8

Duration:    2:00 - 4:30 pm (2.5 hrs)

Venue:        Room C205

Instructor:   Ms Vara Hariharan


About the course:


“We will not hide them from their children, but tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. “(Ps 78:4)


Every one of us has a faith story, but not everyone tells their story - perhaps we think that only those who have lived grand, public lives have stories that are worth telling. But, each one of us is precious to God and our story is part of His story. When we tell our stories, we are telling His story, the story of His love, grace, wisdom and grace in our lives. In this course, you will be guided to write short narratives of your life. Whether this is your first time, or if you have been writing for a while, come and try your hand at writing your own spiritual legacy. By the end of the course, you would have written at least 5 short narratives of your spiritual legacy.



Short Bio:

Vara Hariharan was a Principal Master Teacher/English with the English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS) before she retired. Vara has had a varied career with the Ministry of Education, Singapore as Head of Department, Senior Curriculum Specialist and Master Teacher/English. She is certified by The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies, California, USA, as a Guided Autobiography Instructor and was the pioneer Director of the Singapore Writing Institute at ELIS before she retired. Vara has contributed articles for Seasons of Life and is a trained Facilitator for the Search For Life Programme offered by SJSM. She is an Assistant Cell Leader and attends the E2 service

Old Testament Survey


Dates:         17, 24, 31 Aug; 7, 14 Sept

Duration:    2:00 - 4:00 pm (2 hrs)

Venue:        Room C205

Instructor:   Dr Mary Tay


For enquiries and registration:  Please send email to Poh Geok at ce@sjsm.org.sg


Course requirement: Participants are required to read the entire Old Testament at least once before class.


About the Course:

This course will provide a brief overview of all the Old Testament books. It will begin by covering five foundational questions about the Old Testament. Then there will be a quick overview in the following order: the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy), and the Historical books (Joshua-Esther), the Poetical books (Job-Song of Songs), the Major Prophets (Isaiah-Daniel) and the the Minor Prophets (Hosea-Malachi). The primary focus will be on the setting, literary structure, main themes and general content of each

book. To help us apply God’s Word, there will be questions for personal reflection.


About the Instructor:

Dr Mary W J Tay has a Ph.D. in linguistics from Edinburgh and an M.Div (with the Board of Governors’ Prize for Overall Proficiency and Prize for Theology) from Regent College. In  1989, at the peak of her career as a university professor in NUS, the Lord called her into the full-time Christian ministry  and she has been serving Him ever since in various capacities – as full time missionary with OMF, and in preaching, and teaching the Bible in various churches in Singapore. She is an experienced language instructor who has taught different languages to hundreds of missionaries. She worships in SJSM and is an adjunct faculty at Bethany International University (a.k.a. Bethany School of Missions) where she teaches Hebrew and Greek. She has written three books in her retirement: How to Read the Bible, The Single’s Connection, and Grace and Gratitude.



Contact Information

Tel:          67770934 (24 hours)

Email:      info@sjsm.org.sg

Address:  St.John's-St.Margaret's Church

               30 Dover Avenue, Singapore 139790

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