Children’s Day 2015 Celebrations!
Our Children’s Day celebrations on Sunday, October 4, 2015 was for everyone, regardless of their season in life!
When Pastor Gabriel Tan began the English services by wishing all children of God a blessed Children’s Day, it was a powerful reminder that we are first and foremost beloved children of our Heavenly Abba, who promises to watch over us and provides for all of our needs.
Following the time of praise and worship, the celebrations continued with a heart-warming song item performed by kids of different age groups. The children sang about God’s love for them and how His love is with them throughout the day.
Senior Pastor Joseph Prince then preached a powerful sermon that reminded the congregation that the power to break free from sin comes from knowing our righteous standing through the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Over at our children’s ministry Rock Kidz, many of our servers came dressed in animal-themed outfits and kept the children engaged with games and fun activities. There was also a special Bible-inspired storytelling session which taught the children that no matter how ordinary they think they are, they become extraordinary with Jesus in their lives! At the end of the session, each child also received a bag filled with goodies.
Celebrating Singapore’s Golden Jubilee
“Greater things are still to be done in this city!” This line in the song God Of This City sung during praise and worship encapsulates our belief and hope for Singapore, our nation, our home.
Across our service venues on Sunday, 9 August 2015, we celebrated Singapore’s Jubilee year of independence with joy and faith in our God, the source of all good things.
Even before service began, temporary skin stickers with our National Day theme “New Creation Church Celebrates SG50:My Home, My Singapore” set the tone for the day’s celebrations. Worshippers streamed in to the service venues and it was a sea of red and white. On stage at The Star Performing Arts Centre, the choir was decked out in a kaleidoscope of colours and traditional outfits reflecting multicultural Singapore. During praise and worship, we declared that Jesus is the “God Of This City” and our light, hope and peace.
We joined the nation in a live crossover to a TV broadcast at 9am showing Singapore’s late founding prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, reading out the Proclamation Of Independence signed on 9 August 1965, declaring that Singapore “shall forever be a sovereign, independent nation”. The two-minute announcement was met with claps and the congregation then joined in to sing our National Anthem, Majulah Singapura (Onward Singapore), and recite the National Pledge.
Pastor Lawrence Lim, who also led the church in partaking of the Holy Communion, then prayed for our island-nation, declaring that Singapore will be free from wars and plagues and seeking the Lord’s blessings for continued racial and religious harmony.
Our church family — young and old — then spoke through a pre-recorded video of what they thought of Singapore and prayed for the nation’s continued peace and prosperity.
New Creation Church SG50 Shout-out
The special item comprised Singapore folk songs from yesteryear, and Open My Heart, a song composed and producedby New Creation Church as a gift to the nation on its 50th birthday. It speaks of how we can open our hearts to see things from each other’s eyes, to know those around us better and be strong together. The song was first performed on 6 July 2015 at the “Harmony In Diversity” concert with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the guest of honour.
Open My Heart
Pastor Lim Lian Neo spoke on how we should ask big, because we have a big God, who does exceedingly and abundantly above what we can ever ask or think (ref: Ephesians 3:20)!
“If you have not seen your manifestation, just keep resting in Him,” Pastor Lian told the congregation.
She reminded us that in the year of Jubilee, “Jesus is our Jubilee” as reflected in Leviticus 25:8–10. It is also the year of His restoration for our church, and we can boldly proclaim our liberty and restoration through Christ.
At the end of the service, the shofar (a ram’s horn) was blown to proclaim God’s restoration and jubilee in our lives.
At our children’s ministry Rock Kidz, the children enjoyed fun National Day themed games and activities. They also recounted the Lord’s goodness on the nation and put up their prayers for Singapore on handheld flags.
In the spirit of national unity, our congregation at the Chinese services recited the National Pledge in Mandarin and took photos together with celebratory SG50 signs and flags.
Youth Day Celebrations 2015
On Sunday, 26 July 2015, our church celebrated Youth Day with many talented young people from The Zone, our youth ministry, passionate for God and His kingdom.
The energetic youths greeted the congregation enthusiastically with their loud cheers and banners reflecting God’s promises, as they walked into The Star Performing Arts Centre and Marina Bay Sands Ballrooms. Those between the ages of 13 and 29 were also invited to step into The Zone where they will receive divine teachings which are applicable to their life stage and build kingdom friendships in the house of God.
During the services, our youth worship leaders and musicians led the church in worship, singing praises to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The congregation also participated actively by dancing along to some of the catchy praise songs celebrating the freedom and victory we have in Christ.
One of our youth ministry pastors, Pastor Lim Lian Neo, led the congregation to partake of the Holy Communion and shared that regardless of their age, they can remain young because their youth has been renewed like the eagle’s. She also encouraged congregation members aged 19 and above to sign up to serve in DARE, the youth group for secondary school students, to mentor and serve the next generation.
Some of the youth singers from The Zone also presented a special hip-hop item focusing on how nobody is too far gone or too lost to ask God for forgiveness. Their eyes glowed with radiance as they sang, beat-boxed and rapped about Christ’s sacrificial love for us, reminding the congregation once more of Jesus’ amazing grace and forgiveness.
The day’s sermon was a video playback of Senior Pastor Joseph Prince’s second message preached at the recent Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia. In the sermon, Pastor Prince encouraged believers and church leaders to ignite God’s resurrection power in every area of their lives by laying hold of the gospel of grace.
Right after the service, the youths also surprised church members by performing a flash mob dance at NCC Live on Level 5 of The Star Performing Arts Centre.
Father’s Day Celebrations 2015
Everyone should be loved and valued — dads included! On Father’s Day on Sunday, 21 June 2015, we celebrated and honoured fathers as a church.
During our English services, a song item framed by two daddies’ humorous take on parenting reminded fathers to let Jesus lead them in their role as the head of the family. At the close of the services, Senior Pastor Joseph Prince prayed over the fathers to receive an abiding revelation of Father God as they lead and care for their families. He also prayed for them to walk in robust health, wisdom and the Lord’s supernatural provision.
On their way out after the services, all dads received a Father’s Day gift watch from the church. Packaged in a specially customised tin box, the watch carries our church’s theme of the year design on its face and has an engraving on its back to remind dads of God’s promise of restoration in Joel 2:25.
As a shout-out to the super dads who have been shielding, nurturing and guiding them, kids in our children’s ministry Rock Kidz lovingly made “superhero shields” and penned thank-you notes on them for their beloved daddies.
Over at our Chinese services, it was especially heartwarming to see congregants bringing their dads and grandpas to celebrate Father’s Day in the Father’s house. At both the Hokkien and Mandarin services, they received a word of encouragement from Pastor Mark Ng reminding them of Daddy God’s love for them and His desire to supply all their needs abundantly. In addition, fathers were blessed with a comfy neck pillow and had a fun time snapping pictures with their loved ones at the photo booths.
Celebration Services 2015
Themed Glory To Glory, the special programme on Sunday, 17 May 2015 celebrated how the Lord in His goodness has blessed the church abundantly through the years. We also appreciated and showed our love for our Senior Pastor Joseph Prince, whose birthday falls on 15 May.
The day’s services began with a lively time of praise and worship, followed by the partaking of the Holy Communion together.
In his sermon, Pastor Prince shared that true repentance comes about when we have a fresh revelation of Jesus and His heart of goodness towards us. He also drew from John 20 to unveil the goodness and grace of the Lord in restoring peace and joy to His disciples even when they were overcome by fears and doubts.
In closing, Pastor Prince shared a testimony of a brother from Australia who experienced victory over destructive habits after believing in the gospel and the goodness of God.
Pastor Prince and the congregation members then enjoyed a light-hearted video put together by our pastors and the creative team. In it, our pastors gamely donned superhero outfits and acted in a hilarious skit revolving around an investigation of a missing letter from the preaching backdrop.
They then wrapped up the performance by singing a song on God’s “un-un-un-un-unmerited” favour — an ingenious spoof of the catchy song Unbelievable that went viral on social media recently.
At this point, Deacon Matthew Kang, Chairman of the church council, thanked Pastor Prince for faithfully preaching the gospel of grace and for unveiling Jesus to the people, causing them to be transformed from glory to glory.
Through live camera feeds to The Star Performing Arts Centre, congregation members from Marina Bay Sands and our secondary school youths from Shine Auditorium were seen waving from where they were seated to show their appreciation for Pastor Prince, while Grace Revolution Church in Dallas, the United States, sent a birthday greeting on video.
After Pastor Prince’s beloved wife Wendy and their children, Jessica and Justin, joined him on stage, the church sang a birthday song and birthday blessings over Pastor Prince.
Pastor Prince gave the glory to Jesus, and expressed his heartfelt gratitude towards the pastors, volunteers and the church for their prayers and a memorable celebration.