Easter came early this year for close to a thousand elderly members of City Harvest Dialect Church. They held their very own Easter celebrations at City Harvest Church’s (CHC) premises at 1, Jurong West St 91, on 5 April 2009, Sunday.
The worship team kicked of the service as usual with a rousing set of praise and worship songs to motivate the larger than usual crowd. The highlight of the service was a drama performance depicting the crucifixion of Christ. Based on the successful 2006 Easter drama production staged by CHC (main English Service), the story was told from the interesting perspective of the lives of Judas and Peter. Previously, the Dialect Church had always worked independently for their Easter productions. This new move to mirror the main English Service’s work meant that the standard and scale of the performance was pegged to a whole new level.
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While there were the usual elderly chattering and wandering around to find their seats during the initial part of the drama, the scene of a bloodied Jesus Christ carrying the cross right through the middle of the auditorium drew everyone’s attention instantly to the performance. All of a sudden, many of the elderly members were sitting up straight and intently trying to catch the best view of the road to Calvary. The close-up experience with the actors was without a doubt, the most impactful part for the congregation.
The service proceeded with a short sermon and the Easter celebrations came to a close with an altar call that saw a number of elderly people lifting their hands and accepting Christ into their lives.