City Harvest Children’s Church celebrates a meaningful Easter.
Contributed by Audrey Cheong
|CN PHOTO: Peter Yue
While children all throughout the world are usually fascinated by cute bunnies and chocolate eggs during the Easter season, those in City Harvest Children’s Church enjoyed a meaningful weekend that commemorated the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ through a 30-minute drama about a brave lion, followed by a touching Bible message.
The Easter program this year involved lots of preparation. Children’s Church worker, Veroy Chua, shared, “I was deeply impacted by how the volunteers sacrificed so many late nights and countless weekends to put together this Easter production within such a short time. The main leads took on these roles they had never done before. Although we had limited resources and were hard pressed for time, everyone had a common vision to put up a quality show that reflects the sacrificial love of Jesus.”
The drama, written and directed by ministry volunteer, Lingual Tan, tells a story of a young lion—Braveheart Leo—who gave his life to save his family and friends. But during an unfortunate scuffle in the safari, Leo died. While everyone grieved over his loss, Leo suddenly returned to life and gave an account of how he escaped death. Just like Jesus, Leo’s love for his friends shone through his willingness to lay down his life for them.
In all three services, a special story sermon helped seal the message of Easter in the hearts of the children. It was a story about a large rock named Buddy, who was often passed over in favor of his smaller-sized friends. One day, he was finally chosen for a task: to cover and guard the tomb of a dead man (Jesus).
Buddy initially looked down on his role which he saw as unimportant. But when Easter Sunday came, Buddy was the first to witness the resurrection of Jesus Christ—Savior of the world. The light-hearted story ended with the children singing a familiar refrain, “I want Nobody (No Buddy), nobody (No Buddy) but You (Jesus)!”
Easter is not just about having the ability to accomplish insurmountable tasks but about having the capacity to love people around us, and just as Christ died for man, we too can demonstrate the true meaning of unconditional love to one another. With a common vision and one purpose in our heart, we will achieve the impossible.