On 15 November, Expo Hall 10 was transformed into a dinner venue, up with a sumptuous buffet spread of local delights. With jazz music playing in the background, there was an atmosphere of nostalgia in the air as the crowd of familiar faces mingled.
It was a night for the forefronters of City Harvest Church: pioneering members who have been around since the early years of CHC. Many of them were teenagers when they joined the church — today, all have grown up and are in the work force, and the majority are married with children. This night was a rare opportunity for these foregronters to get together and catch up with one another.
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Conversations dwelled on topics such as work and children; friends reminisced about the good old days and shared the latest scoop on mutual friends. If not for the proof of small children running around the room, it would seem that time stood still for these pioneers who had no problem picking up where they left off, some 10 years later.
The facilitator of the event was Derek Dunn, executive pastor of City Harvest Church, who stepped up onto the stage and shared with the crowd about how the last reunion of of the forefronters held at Roland’s seafood was a huge success, which prompted the pastoral team to make such reunions a regular feature at CHC.
A gathering of such is hard to come by due to the busy schedules that everyone has, and Dunn urged the crowd to make effort to stay in touch and keep the bonds of friendship strong. He also revealed that an social networking site (ala Facebook, CHC-style) is in the pipeline. This will provide a channel for forefronters to keep themselves connected and updated.
As the church grows larger in size, it must get better in terms of connectedness. Open communication is vital to keeping the unity and the fellowship of the Forefronters strong!