Thank God, the first JiaEn / Steadfast combined fellowship worship for the 3 churches was held on May 19 2013 at Telok Kurau church. More than 70 participants attended the fellowship worship which started at 10am and finished at 3.30pm. A fellowship lunch to allowed members to interact was served. The theme of the fellowship was “Oneness in the Lord” and the program consisted of a sermon by Pr Ho; a prayer for Holy Spirit lead by Pr Chin; a sharing session where Sis Christina and Bro Jong Sing shared about the passing of faith in their families and finally a light hearted singalong session lead by Bro Chiang Meng that reinforces on the “oneness” theme.
Highlights of the fellowship:
1. Pr Simon Chin shared his perspective as SCB chairman the rationale behind putting the JiaEn and Steadfast fellowships under the umbrella of SCB. He shared that it was important to have such a combine fellowship occasionally to allow new members from the 3 churches to get to know the bigger family and for existing members to keep the fellowship going across the 3 churches. Pr Chin also emphasized the important role members of the JiaEn/Steadfast fellowship play in the church – “The bridging” between the Youths and Evergreen member to ensure the “Passing of faith” and being the major work force in divine work.
2. Pr Ho used the teachings from I Corinthians 12 on the one body of Christ to expound on the importance of “Oneness” in the church. While we may be worshipping at different TJC churches, we are still members of the one body of Christ. As members of the one body of Christ, each one of us has a role to play. No one role is more important than the other. As member of the body of Christ each of us have talent(s) that God have given us and we ought to use it accordingly to serve the Lord and his body. As members of the one body of Christ, we all need to have care and concern for each other.
3. Brother Jong Sing and Sis Christina Chong shared “Passing of Faith” that described how their respective families came to believe in the Lord. Thank God Bro Jong Sing’s family have 6 generations of believers – Elder Titus Huang being the first believer in the family; and Sis Christina/Bro Chi Kiong’s family have 4 generations of believers – Dn Andrew Chin (ieDn John Chin’s father) being the first believer in the family.
4. In closing the fellowship, participants were divided into 3 groups each lead by a “choir master”. Each group was given 10 minutes to learn several new hymnal/songs that reinforces the “oneness” message and to present them in a unique fashion.
We thank God for His providence, grace and may we repay His love with zeal.