“Even in tough economic times, the call to follow Christ’s example (1 Peter 2:21) rings out, as Celebrate Christmas in Singapore (CCIS) labours in Christ to ‘Touch Lives, Share the Moment and Bless the Community’ for the 13th year at CCIS 2016,” notes Canon Dr Louis Tay, Board and Exco Member of CCIS, in his letter to church leaders, pastors and supporters.
For the first time, the CCIS events will include an evangelistic concert, sharing the Christmas story through songs by foreign and local performers. It will be held on 24 Dec 2016 at Cuppage Plaza’s Nexus Auditorium from 2.30-4 p.m., and limited tickets are available for pick-up at CCIS’ site office from 17-23 Dec, 3-10 p.m.
CCIS has been unwavering in its cause of “making the real meaning of Christmas known in Orchard Road”, since its conception in 2004. Annually, both local and foreign performers (many travelling at their own expense) give compelling presentations of Jesus’ birth story and its themes, at prime locations along Orchard Road that have the potential to draw many to the gospel through this conversational starter. Here, the eternal value of God’s gift of salvation through Jesus stands out against the backdrop of gift-buying bustle by harried shoppers.
CCIS has also been unabashed in its care for the less fortunate at Christmas, with its yearly outreach booths featuring social service organisations. This year, booths will be set up for My Christmas Wish (targeting to provide for the needs of 500 needy children and their families), Youth Guidance Outreach Services (to increase public awareness of youths-at-risk in our community), and Singapore Youth For Christ.
Will you play your part to ‘Touch Lives, Share the Moment and Bless the Community’ at CCIS 2016?
Opportunities abound to participate in this inter-denominational effort to share the story of Jesus’ birth in this season:
- PRAY for this year’s CCIS. If you would like to join in corporate prayer, attend CCIS’ Prayer Dedication Night on 14 Dec 2016 at St. Andrew’s Cathedral B1 New Sanctuary, 7.30 p.m. (Refreshments from 7 p.m.; email firstname.lastname@example.org by 9 Dec 2016 for catering.)
- DONATE towards the cost of running this year’s events – a further $178,000 is needed, and an additional $8,000 for volunteers’ T-shirts. Specially-printed CCIS planners for 2017 are available for at least $10 donation per planner, from the Singapore Every Home Crusade office.
- VISIT the booths to learn more about featured social service organisations, and the performance stages at Wisma Atria and ION Orchard to support the performers, from 17-23 Dec 2016. Churches involved include Barker Road Methodist Church, Queenstown Chinese Methodist Church, and Singapore Telugu Methodist Church.
- BRING friends to engage with the CCIS performances and displays along Orchard Road, or to the evangelistic concert on 24 Dec 2016 at Cuppage Plaza’s Nexus Auditorium (#05-07/08) from 2.30-4 p.m. Limited tickets for the concert are available for pick-up at CCIS’ site office from 17-23 Dec, 3-10 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Celebrate Christmas in Singapore Ltd