|PHOTO: Kwok Sheng Da|
A group of like-minded individuals gather for the first private movie screening as part of the iCan campaign.
Contributed By Melissa Chen
On Saturday, April 10, a group of CHC members and their friends enjoyed an exclusive private screening of the highly-anticipated film, Clash of the Titans at Film Garde, Iluma, in the Bugis area of Singapore. A total of 139 people turned up at the cinema, many of whom were young adults. The event is part of a larger initiative—the iCan campaign—started by a zone in CHC.
Before the show began, the organizers took the opportunity to introduce upcoming activities that were in line with the iCan movement. Tan Yah Lan, the zone supervisor in charge of the event, warmly welcomed everyone at the venue in her opening speech. She shared that more of such events would be organized in the future, highlighting the potential of such programs to foster greater relationship building among peers. Following that address, two other cell group leaders, who were clad in their school uniforms, informed the audience about two upcoming events: the iRetro party—“Back To The ‘80s” and the “iLookGood Workshop,” which are personal grooming sessions for males and females, conducted by industry professionals.
Gershon Liew, one of the organizers of iMovie, reiterated the purpose of the iCan movement, which is to encourage one and all to flourish in their body, soul and spirit.
The iCan campaign refers to the slogan: “iCan Be Different” and aims to encourage everyone to step out and do something different this year. iCan has four main arms, each aiming to enhance and develop the potential of every person through community and social outreaches.
iTouch aims to bless the less fortunate in the community through outreach efforts such as FED (For Every Door), where members and friends make regular home visitations to residents around their vicinity and provide them with daily necessities. There is also iLearn, where participants are empowered with new knowledge through various workshops, including financial planning, personal grooming and baking classes. iConnect is a tool for members to connect to each other through homogenous support groups.
The fourth component of the iCan campaign is the iHeart movement. This is where people with similar interests, such as watching movies, photography and running, are exposed to more opportunities to make new friends or “kakis” in the same zone, and also serves to encourage individuals to participate and find new hobbies. iMovie is a branch of the iHeart initiative and that Saturday proved to be a special one for those who came.
Cheryl Lin, 25, felt that it was a good opportunity to invite friends for such events where she could get to know more people within and outside the church and develop new friendships. For Li Yanli, 26, who enjoyed the movie effects tremendously, she also voiced her appreciation on the thoughtfulness of the organizers who had specially chartered buses to ferry the people after the Saturday church service to the cinema.
She added, “I am definitely looking forward to the next private screening experience again. However, I wish there could be a longer session for fellowship before the screening for more interaction between members and friends. It is definitely a worthwhile experience where we all gather as a family to do things we enjoy.”
Catch up on the latest happenings of the iCan Campaign on Facebook! Just do a search for iCan Be Different.