In July 1993, a few brothers and sisters in Christ with strong Methodist roots started a Bible Study group conducted in English language. By March 1994, the Bible Study group had grown to about 20 in number, hence there is a need to start a Sunday Worship Service.
In September 1995, a committee was set up by the Local Church Executive Committee of the existing Chinese Methodist Church in Nedlands to pave the way for the formation of a new local church to use English as the main language of communication. On 19 May 1996, Rev Dr. James C. H. Ha officiated the founding of Immanuel Methodist Church (IMC).
IMC continue to worship at 40 Kingsway, Nedlands at the church sanctuary of the Chinese Methodist Church in Nedlands with the view of planting IMC in a separate location. In November 1997, IMC (settlement in April, 1998) contracted to purchase a church building at 33, Cloister Avenue, Manning to be used as a place of worship, meetings, office and Christian education purposes.
IMC moved to the present building in September 1998. Currently IMC has both the English and Chinese speaking Sunday worship services held at 8:30 am, 11:00 am and 7 pm together with the Children Sunday School.
We can only marvel at God’s faithfulness and His providence throughout the past 20 years for IMC. The following timeline shows the development of the church from its formation to the present.
|1996||19 May||The founding of IMC (also the formation of women fellowship and youth fellowship); Rev. Albert Chiew appointed as interim Pastor.|
|1997||1 Jan||Pastor James Kwang on completion of Theological studies appointed by Board of Appointment to be Pastor.|
|1998||30 Apr||Purchase and settlement of the church building in Manning.|
|1998||20 Sep||Commencement of first service at Manning.|
|1998||Dec||Church extension (Education centre/Office) completed.|
|1999||20 Nov||Dedication of the Church building by Bishop Dr. Peter Chuo.|
|2000||16 Sep||Groundbreaking for construction of church extension.|
|2001||16 Mar||Church extension (new Parish Hall/ Conference Room) completed.|
|2001||25 Mar||Commencement of first Chinese language service.|
|2002||May||The establishment of the Young Adult Fellowship.|
|2003||13 Apr||The establishment of the first Chinese choir.|
|2004||4 Jul||The establishment of the Chinese Adult Fellowship.|
|2011||May||Celebration of 15th Anniversary at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.|
|2012||May||The establishment of 7 pm Chinese worship service.|
|2013||Mar||The establishment of Bunbury Chinese Fellowship.|
|2013||Aug||The establishment of SaMuEr Fellowship and Mothers Group.|
|2013||Oct||The establishment of Junior Youth Group.|
|2015||Jan||The establishment of Bunbury Sunday School.|
|2015||Feb||The establishment of Curtin Immanuel Club.|
|2015||Apr||Starter Brightwater Care Group visiting.|
|2015||Nov||The establishment of Chinese Young Professionals Group.|
|2016||May||Celebration of 20th Anniversary at Perth Hall.|