On Sunday, 6 July 2014, our church marked Youth Day with a service that featured many talents from The Zone, our youth ministry.
As members stepped into The Star Performing Arts Centre and Marina Bay Sands Ballrooms, they were greeted with rousing welcomes and even songs by youths holding placards. During the services, the youths helmed the kick-off announcement, praise and worship, and the special item which featured youths rapping, beat boxing, skateboarding, doing yo-yo stunts, dancing and singing.
The youths injected much vibrancy and vigour into the services with their talents and heart to serve. Their enthusiasm and energy rubbed off on the other members in the congregation, who were encouraged to believe that the Lord renews their youth and that they are part of the Benjamin Generation favoured by the Lord.
Even the Communion elements used on that day were aptly labelled with a sticker, Jesus Renews My Youth!
Who could forget the humorous video of Pastor Lawrence Lim and Pastor Gabriel Tan at the beach “taking the day off” from their Sunday duties because the youths were in charge that week? Or the bright neon graphics and lyrics that flashed across the LED screens during praise and worship?
A particularly moving moment was when the video testimony of Evita Widjaya, a youth from The Zone, was played. She shared about her miraculous healing from cancer — truly God wants His children to live in divine health.
Citing Bible examples of Joseph and Esther who gained favour in spite of their tough circumstances, the sermon by Senior Pastor Joseph Prince reiterated that God wants us to reign in every area of our lives through His grace and His gift of righteousness. (Romans 5:17)
And after the 4th service, many adults and youths stayed on to dance and sing for joy before the Lord during a time of extended praise and worship.
What a joyful and exuberant round-up to a glorious day!