Isaiah 52:7 NIV
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
On Sunday, 3rd WPC Bull Creek Children Choir kids and their parents went to visit Regents Garden nursing home in Aubin Grove. The visit was initiated by one of the choir teachers, who works there part-time. The goal was to bring the Good News by presenting a mini concert and singing Christmas carols for all of the residents.
When we first started our practice in October, things were not as how we imagined it would be. There were approx. 20 kids in the choir group, but most of them (about 16 kids) were also involved for the Indonesian Congregation Christmas Celebration on the 2nd of Dec. One of the most challenging factors was that our practice time was on Sunday after the service, and we had to utilize it efficiently to practice for both event, while also keeping in mind not to overwork the kids.
Although there were difficulties and challenges, we experienced how God is so great and faithful. He helped us every step of the way. Weekly practice, kids memorizing the lyrics and movement, parents who supported us, even to the “little” things like choosing the gifts for the residents.
Finally it’s D-day!
We gathered together at 10.15am at the place, and started at 10.30am. The first part of the event was presenting a mini concert, in which most of them played a gospel or Christmas song with the piano, and a duet of piano and violin as well. The second part was la short musical drama, titled “The Story of Christmas”. It was a combination of mini role-play, songs, and acoustic band.
The drama was opened by few kids having conversation about how excited they were about Christmas: holiday season, lots of food and presents. But they also knew that it was more than those, and asked their friends to share about the story. The story of the drama was that Jesus was born to save people from sins and whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
We closed our performances by giving a small gift to each residents. The gift was chocolate tied with bow, and we attached a bauble and tag saying “Merry Christmas”. Each tag was hand-written by the kids (or their parents for the younger ones) and personally addressed to each resident with their name written on it.
It was really touching and encouraging to see that God can use anyone to serve and be His channel of blessings. The performances may have ended, it might even be forgotten, but we believe that the work of God will not go in vain. His words and truth will never cease, and the Holy Spirit is able to do much more than we can imagine.
We hope that both the residents and the carers enjoyed the performances and experienced how awesome and lovely God is. We also pray that this ministry encourages the kids, their parents, and everyone else who were part of it to love God even more and to be willing to be used for His ministry and glory.
Have a blessed Christmas..
Soli Deo Gloria!