Bye Bye, Rock
Saying goodbye is never easy. And especially so to a place that will always hold a special place in our hearts. On 16 December 2012, just one Sunday shy of our much anticipated move to The Star Performing Arts Centre (The Star PAC), New Creation Church bid an emotional farewell to Rock Auditorium as our main service venue.
The atmosphere was bittersweet: A tinge of nostalgia among our congregation when fond memories of Rock Auditorium were played, fused with an air of expectancy as we stood on the threshold of a new beginning at The Star PAC. Here are the two special videos screened during our services that day. Enjoy!
Take a walk through memory lane to see how God has been faithful to our church since the opening of Rock Auditorium in 1999.
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Here, our congregation members share how they’ve been blessed at the Rock Auditorium by Jesus, the Rock of our salvation!
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Resurrection Sunday 2012
“And because He lives, I can face tomorrow; because He lives, all fear is gone. And because I know, I know He holds the future; and life is worth the living just because He lives.”
These words resonated in the churchgoers’ hearts on 8 April as they made their way home after each of the four power-packed church services that Sunday. After all, there’s nothing like a much loved hymn to remind us of God’s perfect love as we celebrate the resurrection of Christ Jesus.
“Resurrection Sunday really touched me,” said churchgoer Natasha R. “I especially remember the skit and how all the characters were in a really bad place when Jesus stopped to save them. It definitely reminded me of how Jesus constantly saves me in the midst of my troubles!”
Key programme highlights included a stirring opening video sequence of the crucifixion, and a moving skit about a prostitute, a fisherman and a leper depicting Jesus’ lovingkindness.
However, it was the insightful sermon delivered by Senior Pastor Joseph Prince that drove home the grace-filled message proclaiming our righteousness and justification through the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Truly, the Good News promises how one can have a confident expectation of good which is secured for us through our risen Saviour!
Churchgoers were also blessed with a book Provision Promises – with bountiful promises from our Saviour – to meditate upon!
More than 300 church members attended a singles seminar organised by the church on 13 August 2011 at the Rock (Level 6). The Matters Of The Heart seminar was designed to give singles aged 29 and above, a biblical perspective on relationships, and to learn more about God’s Word on finding a life partner.
“It’s important to frame our lives according to the Word,” said
Pastor KE Mathews, who was the seminar speaker. “When we have the Word, we lack nothing, and I believe that God will provide you with the wisdom you need in matters of the heart,” he said.
Pastor Mathews also encouraged singles to step out of their comfort zone, and to widen their social circles.
Other programme highlights included games, and a practical grooming session by Joshua Luke, a leading image consultant who regularly instructs on poise and communication skills to airline staff.
“At any time, on every occasion, our Lord Jesus is always calm and composed,” Joshua said. “How we present ourselves and our body language matter.” He shared tips on grooming, social etiquette and body language during the light-hearted session.
It was a Father’s Day celebration at all four church services on 19 July 2011. In line with the year’s theme verse from Psalm 65:11, fathers were “crowned” with gifts including golf umbrellas printed with crowns and “His Crowned Goodness” at the English services. Rain or shine, church Daddies now have a constant reminder of God’s goodness and favour over their lives!
“I think it’s a really useful present,” said Mr W K Huang, a father of two boys. “It’ll come in especially handy when I have to pick up my children from school in the rain!”
Fathers attending the Chinese services were blessed with equally practical gifts – thermos flasks printed with the Psalm 65:11 verse – to keep papa’s favourite beverages hot or cold.
Get MAD! Be Blessed!
There were MAD events over two Sundays at the Rock Auditorium and Suntec Galley West.
More than 70 staff and volunteers decked out in orange, black and white packed the booths outside both venues on 17 and 24 July 2011 on a MAD campaign. “Ambassadors” from various ministries launched a recruitment drive for the Making A Difference (MAD) campaign, distributing promotional pamphlets and answering questions on their MAD quest.
A MAD video was also screened during services, featuring personal testimonies of joyful service and the deep satisfaction gained by making a positive difference to the quality of our shared church life.
“We wanted to show church members how fun and exciting it can be to serve in the many different ministries,” said Robin Chua, Creative Executive in our Visual Arts Department. “Each server’s experience is very personal and every server feels blessed by getting MAD!”