On 8 February 2014, 100 servers and staff, led by Outreach ministry touched the hearts and minds of 160 senior citizens from Silver Ace by celebrating Chinese New Year with them.
These seniors are from Silver Ace — a group of senior activity centres that serve as drop-in centres for seniors staying in the same neighbourhood. The centres are catered to those from the lower income families to socialize with their peers and act as a place to turn to in times of emergency.
This event served to bless the seniors with a sumptuous lunch and entertainment to remind the seniors that they are precious and will not be forgotten.
As the saying goes, great things are done by a series of small things brought together. The servers served with enthusiasm because they knew that as they carried out the tasks — big or small — it will bring together a successful event that is led by God’s love.
Eight-course Lo-Hei lunch
The event was held at The Star Gallery and the seniors were treated to an eight-course Lou-Hei lunch. There was never a dull moment throughout the lunch, as the seniors were entertained with vibrant dance performance and serenaded with songs.
Dance item by volunteers from Visual Arts Ministry
The energy level was high and this was felt at table games. In one game called, Who Can Remember The Lyric, a familiar song is played and then turned off abruptly. The seniors who could remember the rest of the lyrics and sing won prizes. Those who did not win also walked away with participative prizes for being a good sport.
Lisa, a volunteer from Outreach said, “I had a great time serving. It is one of the best events that I served in. I am so glad to see that all the seniors enjoyed themselves. I look forward to serve in the next event.”
There is a kid in everyone — happy seniors participating in the games.
The seniors left The Star Performing Arts Centre with belly filled with good food; mentally filled with verbal blessings and handful of goodies and red packets.
A senior who was an odd job labourer commented that it was the first time he ever attended such lunch banquet organised by a voluntary group. He felt very happy that he was here with New Creation Church.
Elaine Pek, 44, felt that the experience was emotionally rewarding when she saw the happy smiles on the faces of the seniors. “Two female elderly told me that they enjoyed the day very much and they look forward to seeing us again.”