Thirty-five underprivileged seniors from the NTUC Silver ACE centre in Lengkok Bahru were treated to an amphibious day out to take in several of Singapore’s most iconic landmarks on 23 May 2015. It was a trip to honour our pioneers, and to let them know that, as a church, we are committed to helping the elderly and the less fortunate among us.
Over 20 volunteers from the Outreach Ministry were on hand to look after, interact and show God’s love to the seniors during the land-water tour on a remodeled “boat-vehicle” that was once used during the Vietnam War.
The hour-long tour took the group past the Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands and the Esplanade — Theatres on the Bay, among others. Though excited about the outing, Mdm Toh Sim Tiang, was nervous as the “boat-vehicle” splashed into the Kallang River. She gripped volunteer Angeline Kuah’s arm as they made the plunge, and was happy to hold on to Angeline throughout the ride.
Outreach Ministry volunteer Shona Ong shared that her beneficiary enjoyed the tour because it “gave her an opportunity to connect with her friends.”
After the tour, the 35 beneficiaries were taken to a fast food restaurant — which in itself is different from the Asian-style meals they are used to at home. They were also presented with goodie bags filled with healthy snacks and medicinal ointments and given “Hei” printed cap as a souvenir.
“Hei”, or grace in Hebrew, represents what New Creation Church is all about. It is by grace that we are saved, but it’s also by grace that we are called to serve our community, to bring joy and be a blessing to those around us.
All aboard! Getting ready for a splashing good time. Interacting with the seniors from NTUC SilverAce
Tucking in after the hour-long tour