The People’s Church celebrates Christmas with first-ever theatrical production, The Gift

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On Christmas Eve, 24 Dec 2016, we gathered in unison, holding hands and praying just once more, for the word of God to be seeded into the hearts of those who would be attending the church’s first theatrical production. Titled, “The Gift”, the story revolves around two neighbouring families of different faith depicting issues faced by the youths of today and the day-to-day struggles of the family unit. The Gift is inspired by the true story of our Senior Pastor, Rev. Patrick Cheong, whom God graciously redeemed after a failed suicide attempt.

During the 40-minute performance, conversations between cast members were kept colloquial and in typical Singlish, meant to engage the diverse age-groups present in the audience. While the audience displayed their emotions through the different scenes, they however did not know the difficulty cast members faced in acting out the final two tear-jerking scenes. For months – during rehearsals, the portrayal of melancholy and grief was middling and the actors could hardly evoke emotions out of anyone. Not so for the actual performance. Members in the audience could be seen shedding tears and dabbing away at their eyes. Truly it is not by our might, but through the work of the Holy Spirit tugging at heart-strings.

Melody, recounted her experience as one of the main actors, “I knew God’s Presence was so strong. It felt so different because I was able to get into character. He was the One who gave me the strength and courage to act out my role.”Nigel, another important cast, noted that God was “working to fill in the gaps”. He said: “It wasn’t a tale of the best performance, script or actors. The imperfection of the preparation reflected the truth — nobody is perfect except God.

The Gift isn’t your typical Christmas story – the depiction of the nativity scene and Christ’s birth. It’s message rather is that Christ is God’s greatest gift bestowed upon us, and His gift of life has given all an eternal hope and salvation – if we choose to believe.

Is Christmas a pagan festival where santa claus and his elves march out in celebration, and to “judge” people by their deeds? Is Christmas a season of feasting, shopping and revelry? Or, is Christmas a money-spinning machine? Rather, let Christmas be a poignant reminder of the purpose of the birth of Christ – that the Son of God took on human flesh, paid a price no one could afford and conquered death, so that all may have the gift of eternal life.


This article was written by Ng You Qian, Worship Leader at The People’s Church and Director of The Gift. This article also appeared on the AG Times Issue 030 (Mar – Apr 2017).

The Gift

The Gift Christmas Production

The Gift

Date: Sat, December 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM SGT

This coming Christmas, the Heartbeat Youth Ministry of The People’s Church invites you to a Christmas production titled, ‘The Gift’.

The Gift tells the story of a teenage girl and her struggle with relationship issues, and how a father contemplates taking his life over his debt crisis but is miraculously saved by the power of prayer.

Registration is free, and lunch is provided. You are strongly encouraged to invite your friends & family for a blessed time and fellowship.

Click here to RSVP.

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Eight fruitful years: We give thanks and all the glory to God

The People’s Church had a three-day seminar on Intercessory Prayer led by Reverend Dr Margaret Seaward as part of the Church’s 8th anniversary celebration. Everyone was greatly blessed; many were touched by the Lord and some were even baptised with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

intercessory-prayer-seminarIt was neither a church outing nor a buffet with good food but The People’s Church celebrated her 8th anniversary by having a three day Seminar on Intercessory Prayer from 5th August 2016 to 7 August 2016. It was through this Seminar that many in the Church drew closer to the word of God and emerged, fully charged and revitalized by the Spirit to continue the great work of building God’s Kingdom. When asked by church members on the arrangement, Senior Pastor Patrick Cheong replied that, “Throughout the 8 years, the Lord has blessed us tremendously and has always provided for our needs. It is only fitting that we have this Seminar together with our 8th anniversary where we can draw closer to God and give thanks for all He has done for us.

pastor-patrick-prayingThe Intercessory Prayer Seminar, which was led by Reverend Dr Margaret Seaward, was conducted with this current world’s busy pace of life in mind. We are always too busy for everything and all of us face an everyday challenge for having to contend with the quotidian ‘things of this world’. Sometimes, many of us even wish that we had 48 hours instead of 24 hours daily in order to accomplish our daily tasks. Even so, the reality is that most of us would still have not enough time and the “I’m busy and have no time” excuse pops up regularly even when it’s time to spend time with God. If this happens and we still conveniently assume that God understands our situation, then we are in dire need of drawing closer to God.

you-qian-prayingFear not for God has a solution and that is Prayer. Prayer is a predominant feature in our Christian walk and is our main weapon against all our troubles, but many people have overlooked or discounted this over time. We may not know it, but many Christians are fighting to stay “alive” spiritually and neglect the power of Prayer. Some may have lost that “first love” for God and feel that they can no longer communicate with God. Our problems may vary – some of us may have disobedient children, unreasonable colleagues, dire financial situations or unfaithful spouses but when is the last time did we use Prayer as a means to your problems?

To cap things off, the Church also had the privilege of celebrating Reverend Dr Fred Seaward and Reverend Dr Margaret Seaward’s 65th wedding anniversary during the Seminar. A Godly couple, they have been a blessing to many people — believers and non-believers alike and have also been a great role model for a Christ-centred marriage.

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The Church prepared a cake lighted with 65 individual candles, and as the cake made its way to them, everyone knew it was a fitting tribute to such a Godly couple. As Church member, Brother Nigel put it, “To have served all their lives and still be on fire for God gives you encouragement; you know their preaching is real and everything that they say is a blessing.” The celebrations ended with a prayer for the Seawards and a scrumptious buffet lunch, as both visitors and Church members had a great time fellowshipping with one another.

When we turn to Prayer, we must recognise that God is not a magician or a Prayer answering machine that will make our problems disappear once we call unto Him. Instead, during Prayer, as pointed out by Reverend Dr Seaward during the Seminar, we will need to keep pounding on the door and not give up. Even if it takes 1 day, 1 year or 10 years, we need to press on for God has His perfect timing for everything and we know that the God we serve gives us an infinite hope and love. When we believe that Jesus is the King of kings, and He will answer our prayers, we no longer need to live in fear.

fred-seawardThe Intercessory Prayer Seminar was a timely reminder to spend time interceding for others in Prayer and the Seminar attendees were blessed by the words brought forth by Reverend Seaward. It was a thought that was shared by Church member Sister Crystal, who said, “This Seminar had taught me about the importance of prayer and how it is our weapon against the evil one.” The Seminar also challenged the Church members to pray earnestly to see more souls ushered into the Kingdom of God. The Church prayed that God will continue to manifest His Power and Might to bring an endless revival to our church and that the Church is not looking for a momentary revival but one that is consistently burning.

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God has been good to The People’s Church throughout the eight years since we have gone autonomous and God has always been faithful to us. From the time we came out of the bomb shelter in Hougang to our new location at LHK 3, God has cleared our every obstacle and given us His bountiful blessings. Every anniversary, we look back at the past and smile at the good times and not so good times.

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We give thanks and all the glory to God for granting us an excellent time where we had delicious food not only for the body but also for the spirit. His love and grace abounds, praise and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ! Amen.


This article was written by Cecilia Lee, Music Director, The People’s Church and also appeared on the AG Times Issue 028 (Nov – Dec 2016).

Here’s what you missed at TPC Day 2016!

The People’s Challenge (TPC) Day was a family event filled with fun, laughter and unity as we took a journey down memory lane and reminisced about the old kampong times. Our TPC Day 2016 was held at D’Kranji Farm Resort and members were split into groups. The groups then embarked on the The People’s Challenge where station games awaited them.

Here’s an overview of the stations!

Station 1

D Kranji Bird Nest Museum

We began the activities with a nice stroll at the Swiftlet Garden Museum. It was an educational tour filled with the history of bird’s nest and how the emperors in China admired and treasured bird’s nest as a precious trading commodity in the olden times. This session also showcased how bird’s nest is usually being produced, harvested and processed. We even had some complimentary snacks! Yum.

Station 2

TPC Day Station 2

To encourage unity and team work in our games, we came up with a unique creative idea to encourage teamwork among the participants. Each team nominated a member, who would wait outside the room, whilst the rest work together to draw out an image of the given word.

TPC Day Station 2

Each of the members had to hold a string attached to a marker and maneuver the strings together in order to draw the image. Teamwork, check!

Station 3

TPC Day Station 3a

The last stations saw the groups complete series of activities as a group. First up, the smelling game. Teams were given cups with different mixtures of beverages/liquid and they had to take turns to take a sniff of what’s in the cup. Together, the team had to conclude on which beverage/liquid is in the cup.

Oh dear it must have been awful...

Teams also had to complete miscellaneous challenges such as balancing an orange while doing squats and folding paper planes.

 The People’s Challenge (Final Station)

Bingo time

Finally, the highlight of our TPC Day, The People’s Challenge! This was similar to a game of Bingo but done the TPC way and #RunningManStyle.

A sheet of paper was placed on the table with 25 boxes drawn on the piece of mahjong paper. There were 27 items placed in a long table by which each team can choose 25 dishes out of the 27 given.

Team members can place the dishes in the boxes in any order they like. Each team will take turns to call out a dish of their choice. When the team gets one line cleared, they were to shout: AMEN, PRAISE THE LORD! The first team that cleared 2 lines won the game. Simple game but everyone had loads of fun!

Traditional Games Championship

To cap the amazing day, we set up our very own “Mama Shop”. This mini shop had traditional games; from pick-up sticks, to chapteh, to five stones, to card games like old maid, snap and happy family and even the all-time favourite eraser flag game! This really brought us back to our childhood days and gave the children a taste of how our childhood was like.

At 2pm that day, we had our very own Traditional Games Championship where the young and old gathered together to take part and compete against each other. We had country eraser corner, chapteh corner and even the five stones corner. It was amazing to see that the children knew how to play these traditional games!

See below for all our championship winners! More pictures can be found in our Facebook album for TPC day 2016.


This article is written by Abigail Cheong, a worship leader and member of The People’s Church.

Kampong and countryside living at D'Kranji Farm Resort

TPC Day at D’Kranji Farm Resort

D'Kranji Farm Resort is part of the Singapore farm scene in which interest has been picking up recently. The Kranji Farms have also been featured in The Straits Times. It is situated near to the famous Bollywood Veggies, Hay Diaries and Jurong Frog Farm. We hope that the rustic "Kampong" environment will help us relive and bring out the Kampong Spirit in all of us.

TPC (The People’s Challenge) Day promises to be a day of fun and food as we invite all our family, friends and loved ones for a day of fellowship and bonding. This half day event will be held at the D’Kranji Farm Resort on 29th May 2016 from 10am to 3pm. Tickets will be priced at $5 for children and $10 for adults.

D’Kranji Farm Resort is part of the Singapore farm scene in which interest has been picking up recently. The Kranji Farms have also been featured in The Straits Times. It is situated near to the famous Bollywood Veggies, Hay Diaries and Jurong Frog Farm. We hope that the rustic “Kampong” environment will help us relive and bring out the Kampong Spirit in all of us.

What you can expect from the event:
1) A short worship session to kick off the day
2) Light station games and activities
3) TPC telematch challenge
4) Old-school and traditional Kampong games corner
5) Buffet + BBQ meal

Two way bus transportation will be provided at Yishun MRT, Serangoon MRT and Kranji MRT.

Address of D’Kranji Farm Resort
10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813

Registration
Registration is open to church members and public. Please drop us an Email at general_office@thepeopleschurch.sg