Updated on 11 Dec 2016
Gift Of Love Singapore
Our Gift Of Love outreach initiative continued to bring the joy of the Christmas season to the local community on Saturday, 10 December 2016.
More than 400 volunteers from different ministries, including their family members and our pastors, participated in this meaningful event where they brought gifts of love such as supermarket vouchers and bags of daily necessities to bless nursing home residents, low-income families and ex-offenders. They also sang songs, gave out personally written greeting cards and helped serve food to the recipients.
Some of Singapore’s leaders also supported the event by joining our volunteers as they gave out supermarket vouchers to the underprivileged families in their constituencies.
Pastor Gideon Lim handing out supermarket vouchers and a greeting card to an elderly recipient at his home.
Pastor Lim Lian Neo spending some time with a nursing home resident.
Pastor Joash Siow interacting with an elderly recipient.
Pastor Edwin Lim spends time with a nursing home resident.
Pastor Pauline Ching with a personalised greeting card for a recipient.
Member Of Parliament Darryl David (in red) and our church's chairman Deacon Matthew Kang (in blue) giving out supermarket vouchers to the residents at an event in Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency.
Amrin Amin, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (in pink) and chairman Deacon Matthew Kang (in blue) giving out supermarket vouchers to the residents in Sembawang Group Representation Constituency.
Member of Parliament Patrick Tay (left) and Pastor Lawrence Lim (right) delivered supermarket vouchers to a resident in West Coast Group Representation Constituency.
Gift Of Love Global
For the second year running, our church is reaching out to bless the underprivileged children and inmates beyond Singapore through the Gift Of Love GLOBAL outreach initiative. With the help of local partners in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand, we will be bringing Christmas cheer to more than 8,000 children and inmates and blessing them with daily necessities and stationery.
The activities started in the first week of December 2016, where our outreach partners in Batam, Indonesia organised a Christmas party for local students and orphans, and distributed our gifts of love to them.
Updated on 4 Dec 2016
It is the month of December and our church’s Gift Of Love outreach effort is entering into full swing! More than 8,000 people including underprivileged families, single mothers, foreign workers and ex-offenders in our community will receive supermarket vouchers and gift packs of daily necessities from our church in the lead-up to Christmas.
On Saturday, 3 December 2016, our pastors and congregation members spread out across the island in the morning to deliver supermarket vouchers and Christmas cards with personally penned messages to recipients from various welfare organisations.
We also delivered gift packs of daily necessities to some 700 elderly nursing home residents, and sang Christmas carols at the homes to bring cheer to the elderly residents.
In the evening, we partnered a local Telugu-speaking church to organise a Christmas celebration for foreign workers at their dormitory. At the celebration, the workers enjoyed Christmas carols, a dance item as well as songs sung in English, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. Our volunteers gave out some 900 gift packs to bless the workers at the end of the event.
Pastor Lawrence Lim spending time with a bedridden resident.
Pastor Ronald Koh interacting with one of the nursing home residents.
Pastor Wee Soo Teck sharing a happy moment with the residents at a nursing home.
Pastor Joash Siow joined volunteers from our Pastoral Services Ministry to distribute supermarket vouchers from house to house, and to spend time with the recipients.
Pastor K E Mathews (centre) appreciating the foreign workers during the Christmas celebration.
Updated on 19 Nov 2016
On Saturday, 19 November 2016, together with Marsiling grassroots organisations, our church jointly organised Christmas Gift Of Love 2016, a lunch party for 150 underprivileged households from Marsiling complete with a sumptuous meal, performances, as well as $30,000 worth of supermarket vouchers and trolleys filled with daily essentials as gifts.
We were privileged to have Guest Of Honour Madam Halimah Yacob, Speaker of the Singapore Parliament, Adviser to Marsiling Grassroots Organisations and Member of Parliament for Marsiling-Yew Tee Group Representation Constituency, with us to distribute the vouchers and trolleys to the individuals and families at the party together with our chairman Deacon Matthew Kang and Pastor Lawrence Lim.
Our volunteers also staged an entertaining multicultural programme comprising a Malay medley, a song and dance item, and “This Is Home”, a finale song that reflects our love for the nation and the people of Singapore, regardless of race, language or religion. Our volunteers also took instant photographs for the residents to keep as mementoes of the occasion.
Two of the news reports on the event are available online:
Christmas Gift Of Love 2016 is the first of many Gift Of Love projects planned for the Christmas season. Over two more Saturdays, on 3 and 10 December 2016, our church members will fan out across Singapore to visit some 8,000 underprivileged people, ex-offenders, widows, foreign workers and elderly patients in nursing homes and community hospitals to bless them with supermarket vouchers or gift packs of daily essentials.
On the overseas front, under Gift Of Love Global, we will also be organising Christmas parties for 5,250 children who live in slums and orphanages in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines and Thailand, and giving gift packs of daily essentials to 3,350 prisoners in Cambodia and Myanmar.
In total, from 2014 when Gift Of Love was first started to this year, we have helped more than 29,000 people comprising some 18,000 in Singapore and more than 11,000 overseas, with donations in the form of vouchers and gift packs amounting to around $1.1 million.
Pastor Lawrence Lim, Deacon Matthew Kang and Pastor Edwin Lim (in blue from left to right) together with Guest of Honour Madam Halimah Yacob (3rd from right in orange) with a family (seated at table) who received supermarket vouchers and a shopping trolley of daily essentials at the Christmas Gift Of Love lunch party.
Our volunteer taking instant photographs to give as mementoes to those at the lunch party.
Envelopes containing the supermarket vouchers which we presented to the people who attended the event.