This was no red carpet event but members of the Cullen family from Twilight, svelte ladies from Gossip Girls and even Spiderman were gathered at the NUSS Suntec City Guild House on New Year’s Day. This was a movie-themed appreciation night for the Cell Group Leaders under Goh Yock Kiang (YK zone), who is one of the pastors in City Harvest Church. A menagerie of movie characters were present, ranging from Hollywood blockbuster stars to Disney’s Snow White and even animated characters like Eve from Wall-E. This was to be a special night dedicated to fellowship and in honor of all the achievements and efforts put in by the leaders from the zone.
After a tantalizing dinner and a time of Praise and Worship, the stage was set for the highlight of the evening—the award presentation. In between announcing the winners for the various categories, caricatured skits were put up depicting life in a fictitious all-celebrity cell group as well as the creative re-imagination of life in church being played out as a movie. Such moments of hilarity were timely punctuated by the different award titles given out, namely the “Most Transformed,” “Best Newcomer,” “Most Faithful,” “Best Cell Group Leader for Growth” “Overall Best Cell Group Leader,” “Most Courageous,” “Best Subzone Leader” and the “Best Dressed.” Every recipient was presented with a miniature Oscar Award bust.
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As the evening came to a close, all eyes were on Goh as he presented a personal song item, a tradition of years past where he would sing a Mandarin pop number. Following his rendition, he rounded up the night by sharing a word reminding all the leaders that more than just serving God in ministry, what was more important was to be able to build lasting friendships and relationships. With that, hugs were exchanged and memories were captured on camera as the leaders left the appreciation night a little tickled, having been touched and largely inspired to run the race together for 2010.