Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival in classical and traditional Chinese style.
Contributed By Kuang Jingxuan
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a significant date for the Chinese as it is an occasion for family and friends to gather. On Sep. 17, the adult cell groups of City Harvest Church’s YK district congregated at the Jurong West church premises to celebrate this special event with their loved ones.
The night kick-started with exciting games, and a buzz of anticipation was felt throughout the auditorium as participants tried to piece together a traditional Chinese poem. For most, it was an opportunity to get in touch with Chinese classical works. One of the much-talked-about activities was the Best Dressed Male and Female competition. Many of the adults gamely dressed up in traditional Chinese outfits for the night and the top prizes were eventually presented to Francis Tay and Ma Hong Ying.
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After the games, the YK district’s music team led the congregation in a time of vibrant praise and worship. One of the musicians, Terence Yong, 24, shared his experience serving on the music team. “All the musicians and singers come from different cell groups, and various walks of life. So it was a great experience to come together in this way to serve God,” said Yong.
It was also a night to remember the goodness of God. Grace Sulu and Terry Tanizar shared a moving testimony of how God was their pillar of strength during challenging times. The couple was devastated when their gynaecologist informed them that their baby would be born with cleft lip and palate. However, with the support of their pastor, Goh Yock Kiang, and their cell group members, the couple was deeply encouraged in their decision to keep and cherish the child. Today, their baby, Timothy, is a healthy and bubbly child who brings his parents much joy. Through the experience, Sulu also shared that she was healed in her soul as she too was born with a cleft lip and was bitter toward her parents as she was growing up.
The highlight of the night was the sharing of the Word by Goh. It was a timely reminder for all of the importance of building strong relationships through love, acceptance and forgiveness.
The night would not have been complete without the traditional custom of enjoying mooncakes and tea under the moonlight. Members made their way outdoors to the Riviera and rooftop garden to fellowship with one another as various members of the zone entertained the crowd with their renditions of familiar Chinese tunes.