Contributed by Koh Yang Lin
The popular Harvest House Fair was back once again over the weekend of 29 to 30 May 2009 after a resounding success of the first showcase. The Harvest House fair aims to introduce City Harvest Church (CHC) to newcomers and visitors in a fun and interactive way. 1,500 people showed up and participated in the first run. Held at CHC’s premises at the Singapore Expo, Hall 8, Conference Rooms 1 and 2, the event was filled with activities and spontaneity.
Charming booth volunteers with colorful Mohawk style wigs, alluring posters and banners, vibrant games and attractive prizes were on display at the fair.
Using the acronym H-A-R-V-E-S-T, CHC’s culture and lifestyle were presented to the participants as they made their way from station to station with their game cards. Each station, representing a letter from the word Harvest, conducted simple games and illustrations to showcase the activities and beliefs of CHC. With completion of each station, coupons were awarded to the participant, who could then exchange the coupons for token prizes.
The station ‘R’ representing ‘Relationship’ allowed participants to take professional photo shots as a cell group or as family. Photos were printed out on the spot for participants to keep as mementos. The station ‘V’ representing Vibrant Praise and Worship had participants singing out missing lyrics from frequently sung Praise and Worship songs as well as pop songs. These were clearly the top two favorite booths, constantly filled with crowds.
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Joseph Neo from cell group N442 commended, “The games are fun and did a great job in portraying the various aspects of the church. My friends from Taiwan and Malaysia are able to understand our church activities in a relaxing manner and they don’t feel pressured in that they had to attend the real thing to experience what it’s all about. Now that they’ve gone through the Harvest House Fair, they are interested to attend the actual activities in CHC.”
Teo Limei from cell group E366 had something to say as well, “I think that the Harvest House Fair is good because it showcases the foundations on which City Harvest is built upon. It helps our friends relate to it.”
The Harvest House Fair has proven to be a successful tool to reach out to friends and visitors in a fun, relaxing and non-intimidating way.