From 11 October 2009, City Harvest Chinese Church (CHCC) embarked on “Five Weeks of Joy”, a campaign based on the vision of City Harvest Church’s Deputy Senior Pastor Tan Ye Peng, to enrich the lives of the congregation.
Members attending the worship service on the first week of this campaign showed a visibly sharper sense of fashion. Every cell group made the effort to win the “Best Cell Group Makeover” award. Cell groups CC31, CC48 and CC58, ultimately emerged as the winners. Evelyn Kong, cell group leader of CC48, noted that her members have already become more confident and are better equipped at creating their own sense of style. “In fact, they gathered at a member’s house to dress before coming to service — they even helped each other put on make up!”
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Over these five weeks, other activities include line-dancing and floral arrangement classes, chess , “Best Cell Group Refreshment” competition and even a track-and-field meet. Natalie Teo, the person-in-charge of “Five Weeks of Joy” explains that the events are held to make church “more upbeat and exciting for its members.”
“Line dancing is one of the more common activities among the Chinese-speaking, as is floral arrangement. These activities cater to people of all ages,” added Teo.
Indeed it was an upbeat session of line-dancing as about 170 people gathered at Bukit Gombak Stadium’s Media room, grooving to Mandarin country hits. Two instructors were brought in to lead the dance.
In contrast, the floral arrangement class was held at the serene roof garden of City Harvest Church’s premises at Jurong West St 91. With the guidance of a professional florist, members concluded two hours worth of hard work by wrapping flowers up in a bouquet.
Participant Lim Tian Wen quipped “Looks like I won’t have to buy flowers on Mother’s Day any more!”
Teo is very pleased with the success of “Five Weeks of Joy” so far, especially since, “The turnout for the dance was overwhelming! We really hit a chord with these activities. We are looking forward to plan more such events in future.”