Singapore celebrates Racial Harmony Day on 21 July annually, and New Creation Church is glad to play our part to support racial and religious harmony.
On Sunday, 21 July 2013, we recited the Declaration of Religious Harmony as a church at all our English services. We also gave $3,000 towards the Punggol North Racial & Religious Harmony Street Parade Cum Carnival 2013, and hosted a booth there. Into its ninth year, this event promotes neighbourliness, racial and religious harmony and allows residents to be exposed to different ethnic and religious groups.
The Guest-of-Honour for the event, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister (DPM), Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, Grassroots Adviser to Pasir Ris-Punggol GROs and MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, presented awards in appreciation of sponsors and supporters.
Deacon Matthew Kang (centre) receiving a token of appreciation from our DPM, Mr Teo Chee Hean.
Our booth at the event’s Mini Religious Fair represented the Christian community. Staff and volunteers from The Zone, our youth ministry, shared the ministry’s Community Involvement Projects (CIP) with the residents. Our church not only provides a platform for our youths to give back to local and overseas communities, but also fosters strong family relationships through special parent-child activities. In addition, regular seminars equip our youths with practical skills and encourage them to rise up and grow into the destiny God has laid out for them.
Our staff and volunteers engaging residents and serving them ice cream treats at the booth.
Our youths shared that they were privileged to serve and connect with residents at the booth. For Alicia Fun, who celebrated her birthday that day, the occasion was made all the more meaningful as she was able to share God’s love through practical and tangible means — by distributing free ‘potong’ ice cream to the residents!
Apart from enjoying the icy treat, residents also took the opportunity to find out more about our church. Another volunteer, Jolene Kang, shared, “A lady began asking questions about our youth ministry and was impressed by our CIP efforts. Before she left, she asked how she could get to our Mandarin services! I was touched that God’s love reached out to people even in a fair!”
Alicia added after the event, “I’m so thankful that God placed me in Singapore. We are a blessed nation and I’m filled with a greater desire to show His love beyond our church through our community projects on the ground!”
Various organisations, such as this balloon sculpture contingent, participated in the event and were united to spread one message — we love Singapore and value racial and religious harmony in our country!